Best of the Rest!

Below is a link to a pdf of every plant in the MSU Trials that scored between a 4.5 and 4.8.   The pictures below are a few examples of how the plants looked, and a brief description of how they performed in our trial garden this year.

MSU Trials that scored between 4.5 and 4.8

Verbena Empress 'Dark Red'

Verbena Empress 'Dark Red'

4.8!

This Dummen entry had a rough start due to heavy rainfall in May and June, but turned out to be a great performer once temperatures rose above 80 F consistently. It bloomed from July through September and is still blooming as we enter into October.
 
Verbena Costa del Sol 'Pink'

Verbena Costa del Sol 'Pink'

4.8!

This Ecke entry did very well once July hit. It has been in bloom ever since. This plant has proven to be very heat tolerant and requires no deadheading.
 
Impatiens Impreza 'Blue Pearl'

Impatiens Impreza 'Blue Pearl'

4.7!

This Ball entry was really small when it was first planted, but as the summer progressed it filled in nicely. This plant looks great in mass!
 
Carex Color Grass 'Amazon Mist'

Carex Color Grass 'Amazon Mist'

4.7!

This PanAmerican entry was grown from seed, and was very small first part of summer, but by July, it filled in nicely. This plant would make a great filler in container or use as a border in ground.
 
Petunia Supertunia 'Lavender Skies'

Petunia Supertunia 'Lavender Skies'

4.7!

This Proven Winner entry did very well in container and hanging baskets until middle of September. Started to suffer nutritionally. Very vigorous with an elegant flower.

 
Begonia Bonfire 'Chocolate Pink'

Begonia Bonfire 'Chocolate Pink'

4.7!

This Ball entry was not the best performer in early June, but slowly over the course of one month it started to take off and bloomed all summer. It looks great in containers!
 
Echinacea 'Prairie Spledor'

Echinacea 'Prairie Spledor'

4.7!

This S&G entry really took off in late July. Stared blooming in August. It reached 36” tall in the first year, much taller than other Echinaceas in 1st year!
 
Petunia Ray 'White'

Petunia Ray 'White'

4.6!

This Danziger entry bloomed until Septemeber. In September this plant suffered nutritionally. This plant proved to have strong blooms after withstanding heavy rain and hard wind while other Petunia's looked a little battered.
 
Angelonia Sundacer 'Pink'

Angelonia Sundacer 'Pink'

4.5!

This Ecke entry looked great planted in mass!. It bloomed from June through September. Once September came, some plants died or stopped flowering which gave them a lower rating.
 
Gaillardia 'Arizona Red Shades'

Gaillardia 'Arizona Red Shades'

4.5!

This Benary entry performed very well in the garden until September.  Some plants had died for September rating. Overall great show in garden, heat tolerant, minimal deadheading.
 

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