CSU Test Garden Tells Top Annual Plants for Colorado

Colorado State University recently announced the top picks in its Annual Flower Trial Garden.

The garden of nearly three acres on the east side of the Fort Collins campus is used to test and analyze the performance of more than 1,000 varieties of annual bedding plants in Colorado’s harsh growing conditions — high altitude, intense solar radiation, drying winds, severe hailstorms, large fluctuations between day and night temperatures and a season-long need for irrigation, according to a news release.

Experts rates the plants for vigor, growth pattern, bloom and other characteristics to help home gardeners pick out plants most likely to succeed in their gardens.

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