2017 University of Georgia Field Trial Results

2017 University of Georgia Field Trial Results

The 2017 field trials at The University of Georgia trial gardens in Athens, GA, put the newest varieties of annuals and perennials from top plant breeders around the world to the test to see if they would stand up to southeastern heat and humidity. Performance ratings are based on number of flowers, leaf color, uniformity of habit and flower, resistance to insects and diseases, and overall appearance.

Each year, The University of Georgia picks the very best plants in its gardens, based on year-round performance and/or eye-catching beauty, for the Classic City Awards, which are equivalent to getting an Oscar and Tony award rolled into one.


Visit the University of Georgia field trials website to find more detailed information on the 2017 season and learn what the Classic City Award Winners were for 2017.

Top Performers

Echinacea ‘Sombrero Granada Gold’
Colocasia ‘Royal Hawaiian Aloha’
Scaevola ‘Scampi Blue’
Canna ‘Toucan Scarlet’
Coleus ‘FlameThrower Spiced Curry’
Caladium ‘Candyland’
Petunia ‘Cascadias Red Lips’
Salvia ‘Cathedral Sky Blue’
Petunia ‘Supertunia Hot Pink Charm’
Celosia ‘Asian Garden’
Vinca ‘Mega Bloom Strawberry’

Best of the Rest

Calibrachoa ‘Superbells Double Orchid’
Calibrachoa ‘Noa Cherry’
Calibrachoa ‘Colibri Pink’
Celosia ‘Twisted Red Improved’
Coleus ‘Under the Sea Sea Urchin Copper’
Echinacea ‘Sombrero Sangrita’
Marigold ‘Taishan Gold’
Marigold ‘Little Duck Orange’
Miscanthus ‘Bandwidth’
Pentas ‘Starcluster Pink’
Petunia ‘Supertunia Vista Valentine’
Portulaca ‘Wagonwheels Cherry’
Rudbeckia ‘American Gold Rush’
Salvia ‘Grandstand Red’
Salvia ‘Mystic Spires Improved’
Salvia ‘Rockin’ Playin’ the Blues’
Thunbergia ‘Lemon A-Peel’
Vinca ‘Mega Bloom Orchid Halo’
Vinca ‘Cora Cascade Violet’
Vinca ‘MegaBloom Pink Halo’