Chasing the Flags

1. Industry

The Trial gardens at UGA are known far and wide,  and every year our Open House for Industry allows us the opportunity to see what catches the eyes of industry people (breeders, growers, retailers, brokers, etc).

Everyone who attends is provided with about 5 flags and asked to select plants they are drawn to.  This year (June 15, 2011), approximately 250 people wandered through the garden, and a good deal of stabbing was done. – in fact over 60 plants had at least one flag, but we have listed only the top 30, every one is special, remember there are at least 2000 choices.

Here are the flag bearers, in groups of 10, based on the number of flags per plant:

The top 10:  Many, many, many flags

Phlox paniculata ‘Peacock White’            Syngenta

Caladium ‘Pink Splash’                               Classic Caladium

Angelonia Carita Purple 09                        Syngenta

Heliotropium ‘Scentropia Dark Blue’       Syngenta

Ptilotus ‘Joey’                                                Benary

Echinacea ‘Cranberry Cupcake’                 Terra Nova

Rudbeckia  ‘Denver Daisy’                          Benary

Scaevola ‘Bombay Dark Blue’                     Syngenta

Coleus ‘Wasabi’                                             Ball Floral Plant

Hibiscus ‘Cranberry Punch’                       Walters Gardens

The next 10:  Many, many flags

Rudbeckia ‘Pot of Gold’

Angelonia ‘Archangel Purple’                     Ball Horticulture (Ball Floral Plant)

Colocasia ‘Mohito’                                        GroLink

Mimulus ‘Buttercup’                                    GroLink

Geranium ‘Caliente Orange’                       Syngenta

Ipomoea ‘Sweet Caroline Bewitched Imp’ Proven Winners

Hibiscus ‘Royal Gems’                                 Fleming Flowers

Verbena ‘Temari Patio Blue’                       Suntory

Salvia ‘Sallyfun Blue Tune’                         Danziger

The other 10:  Many flags

Salvia ‘Sallyfun Blue Emotion’                 Danziger

Bracteantha ‘Helica Purple Halo’             Danziger

Begonia ‘Whopper Rose Bronze Leaf’     Ball

Coleus ‘Henna’                                             Ball Horticulture (Ball Floral Plant)

Lantana ‘Bandana Rose Imp                     Syngenta

Acalypha ‘Ceylon Lime’

Verbena ‘Fuego Denim Blue’                    Ball Horticulture (Selecta First Class)

Dahlia ‘Goldalia Scarlet’                            Syngenta

Verbena ‘Lanai Upright Rose with Eye’ Syngenta

Verbena ‘Princess Dark Lavender’         Athens Select

On July 25, 20121, we will host over 400 home gardeners and they too will be stabbing.  Stay tuned to see if the gardening public has similar choices to our industry friends.

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