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 2014 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: 2014

Ball Horticulture Co. 4.94 Alternanthera <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.cultivar)>'Little Ruby'</cfif> <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.common)>()</cfif>

Trial Year: 2014

PanAmerican Seed Co. 4.81 Angelonia angustifolia <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.cultivar)>'Serenita Pink'</cfif> <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.common)>()</cfif>

Trial Year: 2014

Ball Ingenuity 4.81 Begonia <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.cultivar)>'Jurassic Pink Shades'</cfif> <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.common)>()</cfif>

Trial Year: 2014

Benary Flower Seeds 4.81 Begonia <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.cultivar)>'BIG Red Green Leaf'</cfif> <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.common)>()</cfif>

Trial Year: 2014

Ball Ingenuity 4.81 Begonia <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.cultivar)>'Jurassic Silver Swirl'</cfif> <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.common)>()</cfif>

Trial Year: 2014

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

Trial Year: 2014

Classic Caladiums 4.81 Caladium <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.cultivar)>'Scarlet Flame - hanging basket'</cfif> <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.common)>()</cfif>

Trial Year: 2014

Classic Caladiums 4.81 Caladium <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.cultivar)>'Candyland - hanging basket'</cfif> <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.common)>()</cfif>

Trial Year: 2014

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

Trial Year: 2014

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

Trial Year: 2014

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

Trial Year: 2014

Classic Caladiums 5.00 Caladium <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.cultivar)>'Fireworks'</cfif> <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.common)>()</cfif>

Trial Year: 2014

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

Trial Year: 2014

Classic Caladiums 4.88 Caladium <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.cultivar)>'Sangria - hanging basket'</cfif> <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.common)>()</cfif>

Trial Year: 2014

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

Trial Year: 2014

Proven Winners 4.81 Calibrachoa hybrida <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.cultivar)>'SuperBells Frost Fire'</cfif> <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.common)>()</cfif>

Trial Year: 2014

  4.81 Calibrachoa hybrida <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.cultivar)>'Aloha Tiki Soft Pink'</cfif> <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.common)>()</cfif>

Trial Year: 2014

PanAmerican Seed Co. 4.88 Celosia <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.cultivar)>'Arrabona Red'</cfif> <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.common)>()</cfif>

Trial Year: 2014

Burpee Home Gardens 4.88 Coleus <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.cultivar)>'Marquee Red Carpet'</cfif> <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.common)>()</cfif>

Trial Year: 2014

Burpee Home Gardens 4.94 Coleus <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.cultivar)>'Marquee Blonde Bombshell'</cfif> <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.common)>()</cfif>

Trial Year: 2014

  4.88 Coleus <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.cultivar)>'Abbey Road'</cfif> <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.common)>()</cfif>

Trial Year: 2014

Syngenta 4.88 Combos <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.cultivar)>'Kwik Trial Cherry Blossom Mix - in ground'</cfif> <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.common)>()</cfif>

Trial Year: 2014

Westflowers 4.81 Euphorbia <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.cultivar)>'Starblast Soft Pink'</cfif> <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.common)>()</cfif>

Trial Year: 2014

  4.88 Euphorbia <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.cultivar)>'Star Dust Super Flash'</cfif> <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.common)>()</cfif>

Trial Year: 2014

  4.88 Euphorbia <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.cultivar)>'Cool Breeze'</cfif> <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.common)>()</cfif>

Trial Year: 2014

Benary Flower Seeds 4.81 Gomphrena <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.cultivar)>'Las Vegas Pink'</cfif> <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.common)>()</cfif>

Trial Year: 2014

Selecta First Class, Inc. 4.81 Impatiens hawkeri <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.cultivar)>'Big Bounce Lilac'</cfif> <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.common)>()</cfif>

Trial Year: 2014

Selecta First Class, Inc. 4.88 Impatiens hawkeri <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.cultivar)>'Bounce Pink Flame'</cfif> <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.common)>()</cfif>

Trial Year: 2014

Danziger Flower Farm 4.81 Impatiens hawkeri <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.cultivar)>'Sun Harmony Salmon'</cfif> <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.common)>()</cfif>

Trial Year: 2014

Suntory Collection 4.88 Ipomoea batatas <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.cultivar)>'Desana Lime'</cfif> <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.common)>()</cfif>

Trial Year: 2014

Danziger Flower Farm 5.00 Lobularia <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.cultivar)>'Bicolor Pink Stream'</cfif> <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.common)>()</cfif>

Trial Year: 2014

Hort Couture 4.86 Pelargonium <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.cultivar)>'Glitterati Ice Queen'</cfif> <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.common)>()</cfif>

Trial Year: 2014

Proven Winners 4.94 Pelargonium <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.cultivar)>'Timeless Fire'</cfif> <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.common)>()</cfif>

Trial Year: 2014

Syngenta 4.81 Pelargonium hybrida <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.cultivar)>'Calliope Lavender Rose'</cfif> <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.common)>()</cfif>

Trial Year: 2014

Syngenta 4.94 Pelargonium hybrida <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.cultivar)>'Caliente Fire '09'</cfif> <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.common)>()</cfif>

Trial Year: 2014

Syngenta 4.88 Pelargonium hybrida <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.cultivar)>'Caliente Pink'</cfif> <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.common)>()</cfif>

Trial Year: 2014

Syngenta 4.81 Pelargonium hybrida <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.cultivar)>'Caliente Dark Rose'</cfif> <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.common)>()</cfif>

Trial Year: 2014

  4.81 Pelargonium x hortorum <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.cultivar)>'Sarita Wild Salmon'</cfif> <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.common)>()</cfif>

Trial Year: 2014

  4.81 Pennisetum <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.cultivar)>'Black Stockings'</cfif> <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.common)>()</cfif>

Trial Year: 2014

Proven Winners 5.00 Petunia hybrida <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.cultivar)>'Supertunia Mini Rose Veined Improved'</cfif> <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.common)>()</cfif>

Trial Year: 2014

Syngenta 5.00 Petunia hybrida <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.cultivar)>'Whispers Star Rose'</cfif> <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.common)>()</cfif>

Trial Year: 2014

Proven Winners 5.00 Petunia hybrida <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.cultivar)>'Supertunia Morning Glory Charm'</cfif> <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.common)>()</cfif>

Trial Year: 2014

Danziger Flower Farm 4.81 Petunia hybrida <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.cultivar)>'Cascadias Indian Summer'</cfif> <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.common)>()</cfif>

Trial Year: 2014

  4.81 Portulaca <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.cultivar)>'Cupcake Yellow Chrome'</cfif> <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.common)>()</cfif>

Trial Year: 2014

Westflowers 4.88 Scaevola <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.cultivar)>'Scalora Amethyst'</cfif> <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.common)>()</cfif>

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