Flower trials "best of" winners announced Email
Written by Dr. Klett   
Tuesday, September 25, 2018 01:00 AM

Salvia "Big Blue"The results are in, and the 2018 "Best Of" winners from the CSU Trial Gardens have been announced. We’ve included a few of our favorites here, but you can see the full list at the Flower Trials web site.

Best of Show - Salvia 'Big Blue' from PanAmerican Seed
A later bloomer that is worth the wait was impressive with large flower spikes that are showy in the garden as well as making a good cut flower. Plants had dark green foliage, strong upright growth habit, excellent branching and very uniform overall. A strong favorite with bees as well as humans.

Aretemisia "makana"Best Novelty - Artemisia 'MAKANA™ Silver' from TerraNova
This fine-textured foliage plant makes a great complement to many other plants in a classic border. The beautiful silver foliage is dense on vigorous and very compact and uniform plants. It would look great in both a container as well as the ground. It makes a good filler plant as well adding a strong textural element to any garden.

Rudbeckia "Rising Sun as Chestnut Gold"Best New Variety - Rudbeckia 'Rising Sun® AS Chestnut Gold' from Green Fuse Botanicals
Huge flowers covered this plant all season creating impressive flower power. Besides the prolific flowering, the intense coloring of the flowers makes this a definite "55 MPH plant". It is impossible not to be impressed even from a brief glance at a great distance.

Dahlia "temptation orange"

Dahlia - 'Temptation Orange' from Dümmen Orange
The intense dark foliage makes the color of the clear orange flowers really pop out. The contrast was especially good in full sun and flower color doesn't fade. Dark foliage also hides dead heads and requires less maintenance. Growth habit was very uniform.

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