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.

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Plant Name Company Rating Photo

Trial Year: 2015

  4.86 Angelonia angustifolia <cfif len(trim(getPlantList.cultivar))>'Serenita Pink'</cfif> <cfif len(trim(getPlantList.common))>()</cfif>

Trial Year: 2015

Benary Flower Seeds 4.64 Begonia x benariensis <cfif len(trim(getPlantList.cultivar))>'Big® Red Green Leaf'</cfif> <cfif len(trim(getPlantList.common))>()</cfif>

Trial Year: 2015

  4.79 Begonia x hybrida <cfif len(trim(getPlantList.cultivar))>'BabyWing® Bicolor'</cfif> <cfif len(trim(getPlantList.common))>()</cfif>

Trial Year: 2015

Proven Winners 4.21 Browallia <cfif len(trim(getPlantList.cultivar))>'Endless™ Illumination'</cfif> <cfif len(trim(getPlantList.common))>()</cfif>

Trial Year: 2015

Classic Caladiums 4.93 Caladium <cfif len(trim(getPlantList.cultivar))>'Desert Sunset'</cfif> <cfif len(trim(getPlantList.common))>()</cfif>

Trial Year: 2015

Classic Caladiums 4.93 Caladium <cfif len(trim(getPlantList.cultivar))>'Debutante'</cfif> <cfif len(trim(getPlantList.common))>()</cfif>

Trial Year: 2015

  4.71 Capsicum annuum <cfif len(trim(getPlantList.cultivar))>'Black Pearl 15S06C-2'</cfif> <cfif len(trim(getPlantList.common))>(Ornamental pepper)</cfif>

Trial Year: 2015

Vegetalis 4.71 Capsicum frutescens <cfif len(trim(getPlantList.cultivar))>'Basket of Fire'</cfif> <cfif len(trim(getPlantList.common))>(Chili Pepper)</cfif>

Trial Year: 2015

Syngenta 4.50 Catharanthus roseus <cfif len(trim(getPlantList.cultivar))>'Cora Deep Lavender 15S09C-2'</cfif> <cfif len(trim(getPlantList.common))>()</cfif>

Trial Year: 2015

  4.71 Catharanthus roseus <cfif len(trim(getPlantList.cultivar))>'Cora® Cascade Strawberry'</cfif> <cfif len(trim(getPlantList.common))>()</cfif>

Trial Year: 2015

Proven Winners 4.71 Cleome <cfif len(trim(getPlantList.cultivar))>'Senorita Mi Amor'</cfif> <cfif len(trim(getPlantList.common))>()</cfif>

Trial Year: 2015

Ball FloraPlant 4.93 Coleus scutellarioides <cfif len(trim(getPlantList.cultivar))>'Campfire'</cfif> <cfif len(trim(getPlantList.common))>()</cfif>

Trial Year: 2015

Dummen Orange 4.93 Coleus scutellarioides <cfif len(trim(getPlantList.cultivar))>'Abbey Road'</cfif> <cfif len(trim(getPlantList.common))>()</cfif>

Trial Year: 2015

  4.83 Combos <cfif len(trim(getPlantList.cultivar))>'Trixi™ Fairy'</cfif> <cfif len(trim(getPlantList.common))>()</cfif>

Trial Year: 2015

Westhoff 4.67 Euphorbia <cfif len(trim(getPlantList.cultivar))>'Starblast Soft Pink'</cfif> <cfif len(trim(getPlantList.common))>()</cfif>

Trial Year: 2015

  4.83 Gomphrena globosa <cfif len(trim(getPlantList.cultivar))>'Las Vegas Mix'</cfif> <cfif len(trim(getPlantList.common))>()</cfif>

Trial Year: 2015

  4.25 Impatiens hawkeri <cfif len(trim(getPlantList.cultivar))>'Sun Harmony Deep Orange'</cfif> <cfif len(trim(getPlantList.common))>()</cfif>

Trial Year: 2015

  4.75 Impatiens hawkeri <cfif len(trim(getPlantList.cultivar))>'Sun Harmony Pink'</cfif> <cfif len(trim(getPlantList.common))>()</cfif>

Trial Year: 2015

Ball FloraPlant 5.00 Ipomoea batatas <cfif len(trim(getPlantList.cultivar))>'SolarPower Lime'</cfif> <cfif len(trim(getPlantList.common))>()</cfif>

Trial Year: 2015

Syngenta 4.58 Lantana camara <cfif len(trim(getPlantList.cultivar))>'Bandana Orange'</cfif> <cfif len(trim(getPlantList.common))>()</cfif>

Trial Year: 2015

  4.92 Lobularia <cfif len(trim(getPlantList.cultivar))>'Raspberry Stream'</cfif> <cfif len(trim(getPlantList.common))>(Sweet Alyssum)</cfif>

Trial Year: 2015

  4.92 Lobularia <cfif len(trim(getPlantList.cultivar))>'Lavender Stream'</cfif> <cfif len(trim(getPlantList.common))>(Sweet Alyssum)</cfif>

Trial Year: 2015

Dummen Orange 4.83 Pelargonium <cfif len(trim(getPlantList.cultivar))>'Sarita Punch'</cfif> <cfif len(trim(getPlantList.common))>()</cfif>

Trial Year: 2015

Dummen Orange 4.58 Pelargonium <cfif len(trim(getPlantList.cultivar))>'Big EZEE Pink'</cfif> <cfif len(trim(getPlantList.common))>()</cfif>

Trial Year: 2015

Proven Winners 4.36 Petunia x hybrida <cfif len(trim(getPlantList.cultivar))>'Supertunia Vista Bubblegum'</cfif> <cfif len(trim(getPlantList.common))>()</cfif>

Trial Year: 2015

  4.93 Petunia x hybrida <cfif len(trim(getPlantList.cultivar))>'Tidal Wave Silver'</cfif> <cfif len(trim(getPlantList.common))>()</cfif>

Trial Year: 2015

Proven Winners 4.93 Portulaca <cfif len(trim(getPlantList.cultivar))>'Mojave Fuchsia'</cfif> <cfif len(trim(getPlantList.common))>()</cfif>

Trial Year: 2015

  4.38 Salvia splendens <cfif len(trim(getPlantList.cultivar))>'Mojave Red Improved'</cfif> <cfif len(trim(getPlantList.common))>()</cfif>

Trial Year: 2015

Dummen Orange 4.25 Sanvitalia <cfif len(trim(getPlantList.cultivar))>'Sunvy Super Gold'</cfif> <cfif len(trim(getPlantList.common))>()</cfif>

Trial Year: 2015

Westhoff 4.88 Scaevola <cfif len(trim(getPlantList.cultivar))>'Scalora™ Jewel'</cfif> <cfif len(trim(getPlantList.common))>()</cfif>

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