Annuals - 2020

Every two weeks, every annual cultivar is evaluated by Brandon for "horticultural" performance. The performance ratings are based on:

  1. number of flowers
  2. leaf color
  3. uniformity of habit and flower
  4. resistance to insects and diseases and
  5. overall appearance.

This allows us to follow the performance of each cultivar through "good times and bad." The data are combined into a single performance rating, based on a scale of 1-5, with 5 being exceptional, 1 being almost dead. The ratings are then used to generate a graph of performance over time, and are updated at every evaluation date. This allows a real time viewing of performance and more importantly, an in-depth understanding of how a plant performed from spring to fall.

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Caladium ''Ballet Slippers''
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Excellent selection with leaves reaching 15+ inches long! At first glance the leaves seem thin but they are thick to the touch. The leaves are elongated which adds to the over all interest of the cultivar. We have plantings in ground and in hanging b
Caladium ''Hot 2 Trot''
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One of my favorites in the garden this year is 'Hot 2 Trot' due to its solid color and dramatically shaped leaves. The center of the curvy leaves is deep red with green margins that flow with the wavy edges like waves. This plant is performing very
Caladium ''Snow Flurry''
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One of my favorites in the garden this year. White and green leaves on medium sized plants make a solid splash of color. Mature leaves will have specks of pink but more white and thinner green margins. Overall great in ground and in hanging basket.
Caladium ''Splash of Wine''
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The detailing in the leaves is a little hard to believe but it is indeed real. Less vigor compared to the other Caladiums in the trials this year, but as the summer progresses they may plug in more. Growing in ground and hanging basket.
Caladium ''Xplosion''
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'Xplosion' is an excellent foliage plant that is versatile and eye-catching that may be planted in-ground or container. Leaves begin with a good deal of green/red and progress to white/red, which extends the overall period of interest.
Calibrachoa ''Other Bumble Bee Orange''
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Calibrachoa 'Bloomtastic 'Serenity''
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Calibrachoa 'Cabaret® 'Good Night Kiss''
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Calibrachoa 'Cha-Cha™ 'Deep Blue''
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Great color and large plants. 'Deep Blue' is large, but it seems like the blooms are not as abundant as other cultivars in the series. I have noticed that many visitors to the garden take note of this cultivar.
Calibrachoa 'Cha-Cha™ 'Diva Apricot''
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Calibrachoa 'Cha-Cha™ 'Diva Hot Pink''
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Calibrachoa 'Cha-Cha™ 'Frosty Lemon''
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Calibrachoa 'Cha-Cha™ 'Tangerine''
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Calibrachoa 'Colibri™ 'Malibu Pink''
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Calibrachoa 'Eyeconic™ 'Purple''
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Calibrachoa 'Eyeconic™ 'Sunset''
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Calibrachoa 'MiniFamous®
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Calibrachoa 'MiniFamous® 'Neo Double OrangeTastic''
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Calibrachoa 'MiniFamous® 'Uno Double Double PinkTastic''
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Calibrachoa 'Superbells® 'Coral Sun''
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Canna 'Cannova® 'Lemon'®'
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Canna 'Cannova® 'Mango'®'
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Canna 'Cannova® 'Orange Shades'®'
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Canna 'Cannova® 'Rose'®'
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Canna 'Cannova® 'Yellow'®'
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Catharanthus '20OS01 'Light Pink Halo F1''
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Catharanthus '20OS01C-1 'Cora 'Lavender'''
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Catharanthus '20OS01C-2 'Valiant 'Orchid'''
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Catharanthus 'Soiree Kawaii® 'Blueberry Kiss''
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Catharanthus 'Soiree Kawaii® 'Coral Reef''
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Catharanthus 'Soiree Kawaii® 'Coral''
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Catharanthus 'Soiree Kawaii® 'Red Shades''
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Catharanthus 'Soiree Kawaii® 'White Peppermint''
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Catharanthus 'Tatoo™ 'American Pie''
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Catharanthus 'Tatoo™ 'Black Cherry''
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Catharanthus 'Tatoo™ 'Blueberry''
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Catharanthus 'Tatoo™ 'Raspberry''
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Catharanthus 'Tatoo™ 'Tangerine''
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Catharanthus 'Valiant™ 'Apricot Improved''
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Catharanthus 'Valiant™ 'Burgundy''
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Catharanthus 'Valiant™ 'Lilac''
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Catharanthus 'Valiant™ 'Magenta''
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Catharanthus 'Valiant™ 'Orchid''
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Catharanthus 'Valiant™ 'Punch''
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Celosia '20OS08 'Red''
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This trial entry from AAS should do well as it seems to be less prone to lodging and falling over as its comparisons and blooming more consistently. The plumes are an iridescent red, which is to be expected for celosia and they are complemented by
Celosia '20OS08C-1 'Fresh Look 'Red'''
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Celosia '20OS08C-2 'Castle 'Scarlet'''
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Celosia '20OS09 'Rose''
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This is another trial entry from AAS. Rose-colored flowers have moderately sized rose-colored plumes. Plants are clean and, as of July, have no lodging. 'Rose' is not a novel selection for celosia, but if it stays clean thru August, it will be exc
Celosia '20OS09C-1 Bright Sparks 'Scarlet''
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Celosia '20OS09C-2 'Century 'Pink'''
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Celosia 'First Flame™ 'Purple''
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'Purple' had poor germination this year, and growth is in line with others in the series.
Celosia 'First Flame™ 'Red''
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'Red' had poor germination this year, and growth is in line with others in the series.
Celosia 'First Flame™ 'Scarlet''
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We have trialed the First Flame series before, and this falls in line with what we have seen in the past – attractive plumes and colors, but the plants tend to be a bit messy. If 'Purple' were planted in combination with other plants, it would conc
Celosia argentia 'Sol™ 'Gekko Green Foilage''
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A novel trial entry this year is 'Gekko Green Foliage'. The leaves start as green and gradually morph into burgundy, and as of July has not flowered to any noticeable degree. Plants are making 15" tall x 20" wide balls with tight branching.
Celosia argentia 'Sol™ 'Lizzard Leaf''
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Another novel entry in the Sol series this selection is smaller than 'Gekko Green Foliage' at 12" all around in July. I love the dark foliage and dramatic deep burgundy leaves. We will be watching this one closely thru the summer.
Cleome ''Senorite Rosalita®''
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Colocasia ''Coffee Cups''
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Colocasia ''Heart of the Jungle'™'
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Combonation Container 'Garden Party Duo 1'
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Combonation Container 'Garden Party Duo 10'
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Combonation Container 'Garden Party Duo 13'
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Combonation Container 'Garden Party Duo 2'
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Combonation Container 'Garden Party Duo 22'
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Combonation Container 'Garden Party Duo 24'
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Combonation Container 'Garden Party Duo 5'
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Combonation Container 'Garden Party Duo 6'
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Combonation Container 'Garden Party Duo 7'
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Cosmos ''Candyfloss Red''
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Cosmos ''Candyfloss White''
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Cosmos '20OS13'
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Cosmos '20OS13C-1 'Apricot Lemonade''
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Cosmos '20OS13C-2 'Sonata Pink''
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Cuphea ''Other Honeybells''
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Great in every way. Pollinator friendly, major individual interest, and overall great looking plant. Bees love to visit the flowers, of which there are many. flowers are smaller than other industry standards but it vastly out produces in flowers per
Cuphea ''Vermillionaire'®'
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Vermillionaire has been around a while and it remains a industry standard. Large bright orange flowers follow each branch to the tip top of the plant for pollinators to work. Excellent plant, we have plantings in ground and hanging baskets with the

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