Fifty-one different annuals and perennials were part of the trial. The plants were evaluated by our horticulture staff and interns monthly throughout the growing season with results sent back to Ball Horticultural Company. Some of the show stoppers were Tidal Wave Red Velour petunia, Taishan Orange Improved marigold, Glamour euphorbia, Campfire coleus, Flame Thrower Chili Pepper coleus, and Flame Thrower Spiced Curry coleus. Look for these plants on sale in your local garden center.
The Garden is one of about 45 trial gardens in the United States that compares a breeder’s entry plant against the most commonly grown industry standards of that particular plant. The entry plants are compared and rated against the comparison plants throughout the trial, and then a score sheet is sent into AAS at the end of the evaluation period. This year 12 entries were evaluated against 19 comparisons for a total of 31 different plants. Our results are tabulated along with those from the other trial gardens to determine if the entry plant is worthy of an AAS designation. Look for AAS plants and seeds when shopping this spring to get proven performers into your garden.