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 2015 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.

Select a Trial Year: 
Plant Name Company Rating Photo

Trial Year: 2015

  4.86 Angelonia angustifolia <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.cultivar)>'Serenita Pink'</cfif> <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.common)>()</cfif>

Trial Year: 2015

Benary Flower Seeds 4.64 Begonia x benariensis <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.cultivar)>'Big® Red Green Leaf'</cfif> <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.common)>()</cfif>

Trial Year: 2015

  4.79 Begonia x hybrida <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.cultivar)>'BabyWing® Bicolor'</cfif> <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.common)>()</cfif>

Trial Year: 2015

Proven Winners 4.21 Browallia <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.cultivar)>'Endless™ Illumination'</cfif> <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.common)>()</cfif>

Trial Year: 2015

Classic Caladiums 4.93 Caladium <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.cultivar)>'Desert Sunset'</cfif> <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.common)>()</cfif>

Trial Year: 2015

Classic Caladiums 4.93 Caladium <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.cultivar)>'Debutante'</cfif> <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.common)>()</cfif>

Trial Year: 2015

  4.71 Capsicum annuum <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.cultivar)>'Black Pearl 15S06C-2'</cfif> <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.common)>(Ornamental pepper)</cfif>

Trial Year: 2015

Vegetalis 4.71 Capsicum frutescens <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.cultivar)>'Basket of Fire'</cfif> <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.common)>(Chili Pepper)</cfif>

Trial Year: 2015

Syngenta 4.50 Catharanthus roseus <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.cultivar)>'Cora Deep Lavender 15S09C-2'</cfif> <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.common)>()</cfif>

Trial Year: 2015

  4.71 Catharanthus roseus <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.cultivar)>'Cora® Cascade Strawberry'</cfif> <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.common)>()</cfif>

Trial Year: 2015

Proven Winners 4.71 Cleome <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.cultivar)>'Senorita Mi Amor'</cfif> <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.common)>()</cfif>

Trial Year: 2015

Ball FloraPlant 4.93 Coleus scutellarioides <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.cultivar)>'Campfire'</cfif> <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.common)>()</cfif>

Trial Year: 2015

Dummen Group 4.93 Coleus scutellarioides <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.cultivar)>'Abbey Road'</cfif> <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.common)>()</cfif>

Trial Year: 2015

  4.83 Combos <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.cultivar)>'Trixi™ Fairy'</cfif> <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.common)>()</cfif>

Trial Year: 2015

Westhoff 4.67 Euphorbia <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.cultivar)>'Starblast Soft Pink'</cfif> <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.common)>()</cfif>

Trial Year: 2015

  4.83 Gomphrena globosa <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.cultivar)>'Las Vegas Mix'</cfif> <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.common)>()</cfif>

Trial Year: 2015

  4.25 Impatiens hawkeri <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.cultivar)>'Sun Harmony Deep Orange'</cfif> <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.common)>()</cfif>

Trial Year: 2015

  4.75 Impatiens hawkeri <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.cultivar)>'Sun Harmony Pink'</cfif> <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.common)>()</cfif>

Trial Year: 2015

Ball FloraPlant 5.00 Ipomoea batatas <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.cultivar)>'SolarPower Lime'</cfif> <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.common)>()</cfif>

Trial Year: 2015

Syngenta 4.58 Lantana camara <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.cultivar)>'Bandana Orange'</cfif> <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.common)>()</cfif>

Trial Year: 2015

  4.92 Lobularia <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.cultivar)>'Raspberry Stream'</cfif> <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.common)>(Sweet Alyssum)</cfif>

Trial Year: 2015

  4.92 Lobularia <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.cultivar)>'Lavender Stream'</cfif> <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.common)>(Sweet Alyssum)</cfif>

Trial Year: 2015

Dummen Group 4.83 Pelargonium <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.cultivar)>'Sarita Punch'</cfif> <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.common)>()</cfif>

Trial Year: 2015

Dummen Group 4.58 Pelargonium <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.cultivar)>'Big EZEE Pink'</cfif> <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.common)>()</cfif>

Trial Year: 2015

Proven Winners 4.36 Petunia x hybrida <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.cultivar)>'Supertunia Vista Bubblegum'</cfif> <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.common)>()</cfif>

Trial Year: 2015

  4.93 Petunia x hybrida <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.cultivar)>'Tidal Wave Silver'</cfif> <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.common)>()</cfif>

Trial Year: 2015

Proven Winners 4.93 Portulaca <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.cultivar)>'Mojave Fuchsia'</cfif> <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.common)>()</cfif>

Trial Year: 2015

  4.38 Salvia splendens <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.cultivar)>'Mojave Red Improved'</cfif> <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.common)>()</cfif>

Trial Year: 2015

Dummen Group 4.25 Sanvitalia <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.cultivar)>'Sunvy Super Gold'</cfif> <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.common)>()</cfif>

Trial Year: 2015

Westhoff 4.88 Scaevola <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.cultivar)>'Scalora™ Jewel'</cfif> <cfif not isnull(getPlantList.common)>()</cfif>

We couldn't do this without our sponsors. Thank you.