November 25, 2013

2013 Field Trial Results: Dallas Arboretum

Dallas Arboretum, Dallas, Texas The Dallas Arboretum has a large trial garden with 1,010 total entries: 726 in-ground and 284 in hanging baskets or containers. Spring was unusually long (12 weeks) with pleasant temperatures and enough rain. Summer was short with highs in the 100s for a few weeks. The average summer temperatures were in the mid 90s. Top Performers: Ageratum ‘Artist Blue’ Aloe humilis ‘Hedgehog’ Begonia ‘Ikon Bronze’ Chrysocephalum ‘Silver Leaf Yellow’ Lantana Santana Series Lobularia ‘White Knight’ Lobularia ‘White Stream’ Nicotiana ‘Only The Lonely’ Portulaca Cupcake Series (purslane) Scaevola ‘Blue Fan’ Scaevola ‘Romeo’      

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November 25, 2013

2013 Field Trial Results: University of Tennesse (Knoxville)

University of Tennessee Gardens, Trial Location #1, Knoxville, Tenn. The University of Tennessee tests 300 annual and perennial herbaceous varieties. Trials Manager Beth Willis reports unusual and trying weather conditions due to abnormally high amounts of rainfall. By mid-July the area had received its full typical annual rainfall. By the end of the growing season, rainfall was 6 inches higher than average. Temperatures were also slightly cooler than normal, with only a few days reaching more than 90°F. The average maximum temperature was 1.4 degrees lower than the historical average.   Top Performers: Angelonia ‘AngelMist Spreading Dark Purple’ Begonia ‘Fire Balls’ Capsicum ‘NuMex Twilight’ Dahlia ‘XXL Hidalgo’ Echinacea ‘Cheyenne Spirit’ Euphorbia ‘Star Dust Super Flash’ Ipomoea ‘Bright Ideas Rusty Red’ Lysimachia ‘Goldilocks’ Pennisetum ‘Fireworks’ (Graceful Grasses) Petunia ‘Shock Wave Denim’    

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November 25, 2013

2013 Field Trial Results: University of Tennessee (Jackson)

  University of Tennessee, Trial Location #2, Jackson, Tenn. Unusual weather conditions prevailed in the University of Tennessee’s second trials location as well, due to abnormally high amounts of rainfall. Jackson is located between Memphis and Nashville.Temperatures were also slightly cooler than normal, with only a few days reaching more than 90°F. Average maximum temperature was 1.6 degrees lower than the historical average. Top Performers: Angelonia ‘AngelMist Spreading Dark Purple’ Artemisia ‘Parfum d’Ethiopia’ Capsicum ‘NuMex Twilight’ Catharanthus ‘Titan Burgundy Improved’ (vinca) Dendranthema ‘Fireworks Igloo’ Echinacea ‘Colorburst Orange’ Impatiens ‘Divine Orange Bronze Leaf’ Pelargonium ‘Timeless Orange’ Verbena ‘Superbena Violet Ice’          

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November 25, 2013

2013 Field Trial Results: Louisiana State University

Louisiana State University, Hammond, La.  Like many trial gardens in the Southeast, weather conditions during the trials were unseasonably cool in the spring. Late frosts were reported, with the summer temperatures becoming moderate with average rainfall.     Top Performers: Acalypha ‘Kapiolani Bronze’ Caryopteris ‘Good As Gold’ Hibiscus acetosella ‘Sahara Sunset’ Otomeria O’Premiera Series Plectranthus ‘Golden Dreams’ (coleus) Plectranthus ‘Kong Jr Scarlet’ (coleus) Rosa ‘Fruit Punch’ (shrub rose) Salvia farinacea ‘Rebel Child’  Verbena ‘Enduro White Blush’ Zinnia ‘Zahara Uptown Grape’    

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November 25, 2013

2013 Field Trial Results: University of Georgia

University Of Georgia Trial Gardens, Athens, Ga. Trial Manager Meg Green says the summer was the most unusual of any in the past decade or more. Lower-than-normal temperatures in the high 80s and abundant rain (almost to the point of too much) marked the spring season for this intensely planted garden. Between 800 to 900 cultivars of annuals are trialed here, along with some perennials. Despite concerns about disease, Green says she saw very little evidence of it. In late summer, the rain stopped and temperatures soared past 90°F. However, nearly all of the plants continued to thrive. Top Performers: Acalypha ‘Inferno’ Caladium ‘Summer Breeze’ Gomphrena ‘Las Vegas Purple’ Hibiscus ‘Panama Red’ Impatiens ‘SunPatiens Compact HotCoral’ (in sun) (New Guinea) Plectranthus ‘Stained Glassworks Luminesce’ (coleus)        

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November 25, 2013

2013 Field Trial Results: J.C. Raulston Arboretum

The J.C. Raulston Arboretum, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, N.C. More than 600 annuals are tested at The Arboretum. The summer was cooler than normal, cloudy and wet. Unusually for North Carolina, the first 90°F day was not until June 12. Hanging Baskets: Impatiens ‘Sonic Magic Pink’ (New Guinea) Pelargonium ‘Calliope Dark Red’ (geranium) Pelargonium ‘Calliope Burgundy’ Sundance MixMasters Mix Containers: Begonia ‘Breezy Pink’ Begonia ‘Dragone Dusty Rose’ Begonia ‘Rhine Brigitte’ Begonia ‘Rhine Red Baron’ Gerbera ‘Garvinea Orangina’ Gerbera ‘Cartwheel Strawberry Twist’ Gerbera ‘Garvinea Sweet Dreams’ Lantana ‘Bandana White’ Rosa ‘Veranda Brilliant’ In-Ground: Impatiens ‘SunPatiens Spreading Pink’ (New Guinea) Impatiens ‘SunPatiens Compact Red’ (New Guinea) Impatiens ‘Magnum Salmon’ (New Guinea) Ipomoea ‘FloraMia Nero’ Pennisetum ‘Vertigo’ (Graceful Grasses)

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Zinnia 'Zinnia Zahara Sunburst'

November 25, 2013

2013 Field Trial Results: Massachusetts Horticultural Society

  Massachusetts Horticultural Society, Wellesley, Mass. The trial garden at MassHort includes 150 varieties and is composed of 90 percent annuals and 10 percent perennials. Annuals are trialed on their performance in the garden, as well as in containers, while perennials are planted only in the garden beds. An unseasonably cool, wet spring was accompanied by total rainfall more than double the average — 10.5 inches in June. July had average rainfall with periods of regionally unusual heat from 90°F to 100°F. August was quite dry with seasonably normal temperatures averaging a high of 80°F and a low of 64°F.       Top Performers: Begonia benariensis ‘Surefire Rose’ Bidens ‘Sun Drop’ Lantana ‘Little Lucky Red’ Pennisetum ‘Vertigo’ (Graceful Grasses) Plectranthus ‘Cranberry Bog’ (coleus) Scaevola ‘Fairy Pink’ Torenia ‘Catalina Midnight Blue’ Verbena ‘Superbena Violet Ice’ Zinnia ‘Zahara Sunburst’

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November 22, 2013

2013 Field Trial Results: University of Wisconsin

University Display Gardens, University of Wisconsin, West Madison Agricultural Research Station, Verona, Wis. The UW trials feature only annuals. This year, 337 varieties were evaluated.             Top Performers: Begonia ‘Whopper Red With Green Leaf’ Gomphrena ‘Forest Pink’ Isotoma ‘Beth’s Blue’ Kwik Kombos Night in Pompeii Mix Pennisetum ‘Vertigo’ (Graceful Grasses) Petunia ‘Sweetunia Black Satin’ Thunbergia ‘Lemon-A-Peel’ Zinnia ‘Zahara Double Fire’  

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November 22, 2013

2013 Field Trial Results: North Dakota State University

North Dakota State University, Department of Plant Sciences, Fargo, N.D. The trials featured 200 full-sun annuals, 25 shade annuals, 16 vines and four grasses. Weather conditions during the trials were cool and rainy early and hot and dry from mid-July through mid-September.       Top Performers: Angelonia Serena Series Celosia ‘Fresh Look Yellow’ Celosia ‘Fresh Look Gold’ Cyperus papyrus ‘King Tut’ Gaura lindheimeri Melinis spp. (pink paintbrush grass) Petunia Tidal Wave Series Petunia Pop Rocks Series Pennisetum spp. (fountain grass) Zinnia Profusion Series Zinnia Uptown Series Zinnia Zahara Series

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November 22, 2013

2013 Field Trial Results: Michigan State University

  Michigan State University, MSU Horticulture Demonstration Gardens, East Lansing, Mich. The MSU trials include approximately 400 sponsored entries (both in-ground and container trials), as well as more than 100 entries from All-America Selections (flowers and vegetables), the American Garden Award and Fleuroselect. Daedre Craig, annuals trial manager, says the trials had one of the wettest springs on record. There was regular rainfall throughout summer with moderate temperatures and one week-long heat wave above 90°F.       Top Performers: Angelonia ‘Archangel Raspberry Improved’ Begonia ‘Dragone Dusty Rose’ Begonia ‘Sunset’ Calibrachoa ‘Celebration Banana’ Calibrachoa ‘MiniFamous iGeneration White’ Calibrachoa ‘Superbells Pomegranate Punch’ Confetti Garden Mix Rockin’ Red Gerbera ‘Garvinea Jasmina’ Gerbera ‘Garvinea Orangina’ Lobularia ‘White Knight’ Tagetes ‘Alumia Gold’ (marigold) Petunia ‘Trilogy White’  

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November 22, 2013

2013 Field Trial Results: Reiman Gardens

Reiman Gardens, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa The wet conditions experienced by most of the Midwest delayed planting until June 3. By July 4, the rain had let up, and it was dry and hot for the rest of the season. Reiman trials 111 varieties — most are from seed. Top Performers: Calibrachoa ‘Cabaret Bright Red’  Calibrachoa ‘Can-Can Dark Purple’ Celosia plumosa Fresh Look Series

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November 22, 2013

2013 Field Trial Results: C. Raker & Sons, Inc.

C. Raker & Sons, Inc., Litchfield, Mich. The Raker trials are extensive and include sponsored beds, All-America Selections beds, comparison trials and multiple areas for overwintering various perennials. A Hort Couture trial area was added this year with more than 600 containers of current catalog and experimental varieties. Spring and summer weather conditions were average. It started out wet and then stayed pleasant throughout the season. Temperatures ranged from an average high of 81.8°F (July) to an average low of 49.7°F (May). Total rainfall for the months of May, June, July and August was 15.28 inches. Top Performers: Angelonia ‘AngelMist Purple Stripe’ Antirrhinum ‘Liberty Classic Bronze’ (snapdragon) Kwik Kombos Plumtastic Mix Lobularia ‘White Stream’ Lantana camara ‘Prisma Magenta Yellow’ Pelargonium ‘Master Idols Flame’ (geranium) Plectranthus ‘Gnash Rambler’ (coleus) Plectranthus ‘Dream Catcher’ (coleus) Portulaca ‘Salmon Pink’ Zinnia ‘Zahara Sunburst’  

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