Best of the Best

- a quick compilation of some of the best plants in their class - From the boardroom to the classroom, from the greenhouse to the field, people like to know they are working with the best. In our case, the color that fills the greenhouse is only as good as the demand to fill the landscape. That demand is predicated on having the best plants, with the best color, essentially those that perform well over a long period of time with the minimum of maintenance. Thank goodness, our breeders have yet to come up with real plastic plants, so we put up with a few warts and blemishes. Every year we share the half dozen or so finest plants from the Gardens at UGA, and describe them as the Classic City Award Winners. Click here for the Classic City Awards 2013 winners. We also expand that list each year to plants that simply were the finest among their leafy peers, such as the best red-flowered, or white-flowered begonia, or the best blue petunia. At the Gardens at UGA, plants are evaluated every two weeks throughout the season, and then averaged in November. Many cultivars performed heroically, only to give their lives to the challenge of heat, humidity and drought. However, others thrived, and these we share with you. Those that received the mantle of Best of the Best were chosen the good old fashioned way, they earned it. Congratulations to the breeders and distributors who shared these plants with us.

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Plant Name Company Rating Photo

Trial Year: 2013

Peace Tree Farm 5.00 Acalypha <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.cultivar)>'Inferno'</cfif> <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.common)>()</cfif>

Trial Year: 2013

All-American Selection 4.62 Angelonia <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.cultivar)>'Deep Pink 11F01 Holdover'</cfif> <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.common)>()</cfif>

Trial Year: 2013

Ball Floraplant 4.94 Angelonia <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.cultivar)>'AngelMist Spreading White'</cfif> <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.common)>()</cfif>

Trial Year: 2013

Ball Floraplant 4.94 Angelonia <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.cultivar)>'AngelMist Spreading Dark Purple'</cfif> <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.common)>()</cfif>

Trial Year: 2013

Benary Flower Seeds 4.79 Begonia benariensis <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.cultivar)>'Big Red with Green Leaf'</cfif> <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.common)>()</cfif>

Trial Year: 2013

Classic Caladiums 4.88 Caladium <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.cultivar)>'Celebration'</cfif> <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.common)>()</cfif>

Trial Year: 2013

Classic Caladiums 4.75 Caladium <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.cultivar)>'Pink Splash'</cfif> <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.common)>()</cfif>

Trial Year: 2013

Classic Caladiums 4.69 Caladium <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.cultivar)>'White Diamond'</cfif> <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.common)>()</cfif>

Trial Year: 2013

Classic Caladiums 4.69 Caladium <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.cultivar)>'Highlighter'</cfif> <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.common)>()</cfif>

Trial Year: 2013

Classic Caladiums 4.62 Caladium <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.cultivar)>'Iceberg'</cfif> <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.common)>()</cfif>

Trial Year: 2013

Classic Caladiums 4.88 Caladium <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.cultivar)>'White Dynasty'</cfif> <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.common)>()</cfif>

Trial Year: 2013

Classic Caladiums 4.88 Caladium <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.cultivar)>'White Star'</cfif> <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.common)>()</cfif>

Trial Year: 2013

Classic Caladiums 4.94 Caladium <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.cultivar)>'White Wonder'</cfif> <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.common)>()</cfif>

Trial Year: 2013

Classic Caladiums 4.75 Caladium <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.cultivar)>'White Delight'</cfif> <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.common)>()</cfif>

Trial Year: 2013

Classic Caladiums 4.75 Caladium <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.cultivar)>'Raspberry Moon'</cfif> <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.common)>()</cfif>

Trial Year: 2013

Classic Caladiums 4.75 Caladium <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.cultivar)>'Modern Art'</cfif> <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.common)>()</cfif>

Trial Year: 2013

Classic Caladiums 4.94 Caladium <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.cultivar)>'Rose Glow'</cfif> <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.common)>()</cfif>

Trial Year: 2013

Classic Caladiums 4.75 Caladium <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.cultivar)>'Scarlet Flame'</cfif> <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.common)>()</cfif>

Trial Year: 2013

Classic Caladiums 4.75 Caladium <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.cultivar)>'Candyland'</cfif> <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.common)>()</cfif>

Trial Year: 2013

Classic Caladiums 4.81 Caladium <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.cultivar)>'Red Glamour'</cfif> <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.common)>()</cfif>

Trial Year: 2013

Classic Caladiums 4.88 Caladium <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.cultivar)>'Mt. Everest'</cfif> <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.common)>()</cfif>

Trial Year: 2013

Classic Caladiums 4.62 Caladium <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.cultivar)>'Sweet Carolina'</cfif> <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.common)>()</cfif>

Trial Year: 2013

Classic Caladiums 4.88 Caladium <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.cultivar)>'Summer Breeze'</cfif> <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.common)>()</cfif>

Trial Year: 2013

Classic Caladiums 4.94 Caladium <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.cultivar)>'Fireworks'</cfif> <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.common)>()</cfif>

Trial Year: 2013

Classic Caladiums 4.94 Caladium <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.cultivar)>'White Cap'</cfif> <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.common)>()</cfif>

Trial Year: 2013

Oro 5.00 Calibrachoa hybrida <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.cultivar)>'Lindura Light Blue'</cfif> <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.common)>()</cfif>

Trial Year: 2013

Red Fox 4.94 Chamaesyce <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.cultivar)>'Star Dust Super Flash'</cfif> <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.common)>(Euphorbia)</cfif>

Trial Year: 2013

Benary Flower Seeds 4.50 Gomphrena globosa <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.cultivar)>'Las Vegas Purple'</cfif> <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.common)>()</cfif>

Trial Year: 2013

UGA Trial Garden 5.00 Hibiscus <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.cultivar)>'Panama Red'</cfif> <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.common)>()</cfif>

Trial Year: 2013

Sakata Seed America, Inc. 4.94 Impatiens hawkerii <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.cultivar)>'SunPatiens Compact Hot Coral'</cfif> <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.common)>(New Guinea Impatiens)</cfif>

Trial Year: 2013

Danziger Flower Farm 4.88 Impatiens hawkerii <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.cultivar)>'Sun Harmony Salmon'</cfif> <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.common)>(Sun New Guinea Impatiens)</cfif>

Trial Year: 2013

Suntory Collection 4.79 Petunia hybrida <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.cultivar)>'Surfinia Summer Double Rose'</cfif> <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.common)>()</cfif>

Trial Year: 2013

Ecke Ranch 5.00 Solenostemon scutellaioides <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.cultivar)>'Stained Glassworks Luminesce'</cfif> <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.common)>()</cfif>

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