2011 "Best Of" Winners At Colorado State University Annual Flower Trial Garden

Best of Show – Argyranthemum ‘Flutterby Yellow’

From Paul Ecke Ranch Intense flowering and bright yellow color makes this variety standout in any garden. Plants were uniform both in growth habit and flowering. Constant bloom throughout the summer made it rank the highest. ‘Flutterby Yellow’ has proven to be a consistent variety over time since it was also selected the “Best Argryanthemum” in 2010.

Best New Variety – Lantana ‘Bandana Rose Improved’ from Syngenta Flowers

The vibrant multicolor flowers on this Lanata looked good even as they aged. Plants have a uniform “tidy” growth habit with healthy green foliage. Another superior feature is that it produces virtually no fruit or seeds and saves its energy for a constant show of blooms.

Novelty – Hibiscus ‘Mahogany Splendor’ from PanAmerican Seed

Plant has impressive vigor and beautiful dark mahogany colored foliage. It is adaptable to both drought/heat as well as growing in ponds as a water plant. It is a fast grower with a height of 3- 5’ and a great choice for the back of a border. Flowering was non-existent in our trial but was selected as a winner because as one evaluator stated, it had plenty of “boom without bloom”.

Best Angelonia – ‘Carita Purple 09’ from Syngenta Flowers
Best Begonia (tuberous) – ‘Rhine Dragone Pink Hope’ from Dummen USA
Best Bidens – ‘Sunbeam’ from Ball FloraPlant
Best Calibrachoa – ‘Callie White 11’ from Syngenta Flowers
Best Combo – ‘Kwik Kombo Fire and Ice Mix’ from Syngenta Flowers
Best Dahlia – ‘Hypnotica Lavender’ from Fides North America
Best Euphorbia – ‘Diamond Frost’ from Proven Winners
Best Impatiens (seed) – ‘Impreza White’ from PanAmerican Seed
Best Gaillardia – ‘Galya Yellow Spark’ from Danziger
Best Geranium (ivy) – ‘Cascade Acapulco Compact’ from Syngenta flowers
Best Geranium (seed) – ‘Pinto Premium Salmon’ from Syngenta Flowers
Best Geranium (zonal) – ‘Calliope Dark Red’ from Syngenta Flowers
Best Ipomoea – ‘Desana Bronze’ from Suntory Flowers, LTD.
Best Lantana – ‘Bandana Rose IMP’ from Syngenta Flowers
Best Lobelia – ‘Techno Heat Electric Blue’ from Syngenta Flowers
Best Marigold – ‘Narai Orange’ from AmeriSeed Inc.
Best New Guinea Impatiens – ‘Super Sonic Magenta 08’ from Syngenta Flowers
Best New Guinea Impatiens (sun) – ‘SunPatiens Compact Blush Pink’ from Sakata Seed American, Inc.
Best Osteospermum – ‘Margarita Cool Purple’ from Fides North America
Best Petunia (seed-spreading) – ‘Easy Wave Neon Rose’ from PanAmerican Seed
Best Petunia (veg-mini) – ‘Littletunia Sweet Dark Pink’ from Danziger
Best Petunia (veg-spreading) – ‘Supertunia Vista Bubblegum’ from Proven Winners
Best Portulaca – ‘Pazzaz Tangerine’ from Danziger
Best Salvia greggii – ‘Sally G Flamingo’ from Danziger
Best Torenia – ‘Rose Moon’ from Danziger
Best Verbena (mounding) – Tapien Salmon’ from Suntory Flowers, LTD.
Best Verbena (vigorous) – ‘Costa del Sol Pink’ from Paul Ecke Ranch
Best Zinnia – ‘Double Zahara Fire’ from PanAmerican Seed

Additional “Other Outstanding Plants” for 2011

Nicotiana ‘Whisper Mix’ from Floranova

Light pink and white flowers sway in the air on tall stems which gives a delicate and fanciful feel to a garden. It can make a great landscape plant or it can be used in the back of a border. Plants had basal leaves with good vigor and healthy appearance.

Pennisetum ‘Skyrocket’ from Eason Horticultural Resources

The showy variegated foliage and vigor made this an exceptional plant. The graceful pink plumes would add great texture to any garden. Leaf blades are a medium green with a whitestriped margin and the plant as a whole is very low maintenance.

Phlox ‘Astoria Peach’ from Suntory Flowers, LTD.

The soft peach flower color combined with prolific flower power throughout the entire summer made this an obvious standout. Plants had good uniformity and vigor.

Zinnia ‘Queen Red Lime’ from Benary

Unique flower color was the primary feature of this variety. It also earned a lot of comments for vigor, prolific blooms and uniform plants. Flowers have a unique coloring due to young center petals starting out as a lime green color and maturing to a mauve color on the outer petals. The tall statuesque growth habit makes it a good cut flower. Plants were noted for being powdery mildew resistant.

Source: Colorado State University