Best of annuals
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During the annual flower trial garden at Colorado State University Grand Idols Purple from Fides Oro was the winner of the Best Geranium (Ivy). Each year, the annual trial consists of over 1.000 different cultivars of annual bedding plants. Varieties are grouped by genus, arranged by color and grown in rows, side-by-side, so as to facilitate the comparison of similar varieties. Because of its prolific, bright flowers which combined nicely with the full plants and uniform growth habit of Grand Idols Purple the jury was very enthusiastic about this variety.
This variety was not the only winner. Four other varieties produced by Fides Oro were announced as winners.
Best Petunia (veg-mini) - Littletunia Blue Vein
This plant was characterized by prolific flowers that had attractive dark veins streaking through the petal. Plants were exceptionally vigorous and enveloped the container to create a “ball made of flowers”.
Best Sun New Guinea Impatiens – Sun Harmony Salmon
These plants were specifically bred for high sun tolerance and many varieties in this category looked good. Despite the strong competition, ‘Sun Harmony Salmon’ was selected as the best for abundant flowers and vigorous yet uniform plants. It was impressive when grown in either the ground or in a container.
Best Torenia – Summer Wave Large Amethyst
These robust plants had green foliage which was dark and glossy. Abundant flowers were noted for having a deep blue amethyst color that made a nice contrast with the foliage.
Lobularia ‘Lavender Stream’
This variety was a standout for its unique rich purple flower color. It was also chosen for a superior growth habit that had excellent controlled vigor. Evaluators stated that it “plays well with others” and would not overgrow other plants in a border.