2016 Trial Results


  • Scaevola Surdiva ‘Classic Light Blue’

    Scaevola Surdiva 'Classic Light Blue'

    Program: Suntory
    Rating: 5.00

    Well-branched and has large, showy flowers. Nice green foliage. Has won many awards including the Top 5 for the American Garden Award.
  • Scaevola ‘White Imp’

    Scaevola 'White Imp'

    Program: Suntory
    Rating: 5.00

    Well-branched and has large, showy flowers. Nice green foliage.
  • Petunia ‘Surfinia Sumo Pink’

    Petunia 'Surfinia Sumo Pink'

    Program: Suntory
    Rating: 5.00

    Is very vigorous and has a mounding habit.
  • Petunia ‘Supertunia Vista Silverberry’

    Petunia 'Supertunia Vista Silverberry'

    Program: Proven Winners
    Rating: 5.00

    Extremely vigorous and is a great bedding plant. It also looks well in a hanging basket. This Petunia is consistently in the top 25 Best Sellers at Proven Winners.
  • Petunia Opera Supreme ‘Raspberry Ice Improved’

    Petunia Opera Supreme 'Raspberry Ice Improved'

    Program: Takii
    Rating: 5.00

    A spreading-type petunia. Flowers have a very attractive iridescent sheen. Good flower coverage. Great in containers or the ground.
  • Petunia ‘Night Sky’

    Petunia 'Night Sky'

    Program: Selecta
    Rating: 5.00

    Distinctive and unique flower pattern. Nice combination of purple and white.
  • Petunia Opera Supreme ‘Lilac Ice’

    Petunia Opera Supreme 'Lilac Ice'

    Program: Takii
    Rating: 5.00

    A spreading-type petunia. Flowers have a very attractive iridescent sheen. Good flower coverage. Great in containers or the ground.
  • Petunia ‘Supertunia Vista Fuchsia’

    Petunia 'Supertunia Vista Fuchsia'

    Program: Proven Winners
    Rating: 5.00

    Extremely vigorous and is a great bedding plant. It also looks well in a hanging basket. This Petunia is consistently in the top 25 Best Sellers at Proven Winners.
  • Petunia Success! ‘Coral’

    Petunia Success! 'Coral'

    Program: Benary
    Rating: 5.00

    Claimed to be the earliest seed-grown series in the industry. Performed well last year also.
  • Petunia ‘Supertunia Vista Bubblegum’

    Petunia 'Supertunia Vista Bubblegum'

    Program: Proven Winners
    Rating: 5.00

    Extremely vigorous and is a great bedding plant. It also looks well in a hanging basket. This Petunia is consistently in the top 25 Best Sellers at Proven Winners.
  • Petunia Success! ‘Pink Chiffon’

    Petunia Success! 'Pink Chiffon'

    Program: Benary
    Rating: 5.00

    Claimed to be the earliest seed-grown series in the industry. Performed well last year also.
  • Lophospermum Lofos ‘Wine Red’

    Lophospermum Lofos 'Wine Red'

    Program: Suntory
    Rating: 5.00

    Vigorous growth, excellent hanging basket or window box. Exotic looking flowers. These have been top performers for us every time they are entered in the trials.
  • Lophospermum Lofos ‘White’

    Lophospermum Lofos 'White'

    Program: Suntory
    Rating: 5.00

    Vigorous growth, excellent hanging basket or window box. Exotic looking flowers. These have been top performers for us every time they are entered in the trials.
  • Lophospermum Lofos ‘Compact White’

    Lophospermum Lofos 'Compact White'

    Program: Suntory
    Rating: 5.00

    Vigorous growth, excellent hanging basket or window box. Exotic looking flowers. These have been top performers for us every time they are entered in the trials.
  • Lophospermum Lofos ‘Compact Rose’

    Lophospermum Lofos 'Compact Rose'

    Program: Suntory
    Rating: 5.00

    Vigorous growth, excellent hanging basket or window box. Exotic looking flowers. These have been top performers for us every time they are entered in the trials.
  • Lobelia ‘Suntory Lobelia Trailing Sky Blue’

    Lobelia 'Suntory Lobelia Trailing Sky Blue'

    Program: Suntory
    Rating: 5.00

    Trialed in shade. Selected for its summer performance through the heat. Has a wonderful trailing habit and will make a great container or hanging basket. This variety has much less browning than other cultivars.
  • MixMasters ‘Lucky Charm’

    MixMasters 'Lucky Charm'

    Program: Ball FloraPlant
    Rating: 5.00

    This variety contains three colors of Lantana. Dark green foliage contrasts with bright flower colors. The plants stay upright and mounded and are also fairly compact, making them ideal for small-space gardens and containers. They really loved the heat this year.
  • MixMasters ‘Feelin’ Lucky’

    MixMasters 'Feelin' Lucky'

    Program: Ball FloraPlant
    Rating: 5.00

    This variety contains three colors of Lantana. Dark green foliage contrasts with bright flower colors. The plants stay upright and mounded and are also fairly compact, making them ideal for small-space gardens and containers. They really loved the heat this year.
  • Ipomoea ‘Sweet Caroline Bewitched After Midnight’

    Ipomoea 'Sweet Caroline Bewitched After Midnight'

    Program: Proven Winners
    Rating: 5.00

    Unique leaf shape, vigorous and good uniform color.
  • Ipomoea ‘FloraMia Rosso’

    Ipomoea 'FloraMia Rosso'

    Program: Dummen
    Rating: 5.00

    This vine filled out its ground bed very quickly. Foliage has a beautiful color range of rusty browns and olive browns. Very vigorous.
  • Ipomoea ‘Bewitched Green with Envy’

    Ipomoea 'Bewitched Green with Envy'

    Program: Proven Winners
    Rating: 5.00

    Unique leaf shape, vigorous and good uniform color.
  • Cyperus ‘King Tut’

    Cyperus 'King Tut'

    Program: Proven Winners
    Rating: 5.00

    This has been a top performer at the MSU gardens for many years. Its large size can be very impressive in any bed.
  • Cyperus ‘Prince Tut’

    Cyperus 'Prince Tut'

    Program: Proven Winners
    Rating: 5.00

    A compact form of King Tut, about half the height. Shorter, sturdier stems are less likely to bend compared to the larger variety.
  • Coleus ‘Ruby Slippers’

    Coleus 'Ruby Slippers'

    Program: Ball FloraPlant
    Rating: 5.00

    Nice uniform height. Full plants. Doing great in full sun.
  • Coleus Main St. ‘River Walk’

    Coleus Main St. 'River Walk'

    Program: Dummen
    Rating: 5.00

    Performs well in sun or shade. Uniform growth habit throughout the series.
  • Coleus ‘Pandora’

    Coleus 'Pandora'

    Program: Dummen
    Rating: 5.00

    Performs well in shade and has great texture.
  • Coleus ‘Inferno’

    Coleus 'Inferno'

    Program: Ball FloraPlant
    Rating: 5.00

    Planted in full sun, nice full habit. Uniform height throughout.
  • Confetti Trio ‘Garden Mix Main St. Trifalgar Square’

    Confetti Trio 'Garden Mix Main St. Trifalgar Square'

    Program: Dummen
    Rating: 5.00

    A trio of coleus for either full sun or shade. Nice full container, with few flowers. Looked great as soon as we put it outside. Great color combination.
  • Confetti Trio ‘Garden Mix Main St. Times Square’

    Confetti Trio 'Garden Mix Main St. Times Square'

    Program: Dummen
    Rating: 5.00

    A trio of coleus for either full sun or shade. Nice full container, with few flowers. Looked great as soon as we put it outside. Great color combination.
  • Coleus ‘French Quarter’

    Coleus 'French Quarter'

    Program: Ball FloraPlant
    Rating: 5.00

    Planted in full sun, nice full habit. Uniform height throughout.
  • Coleus ‘FlameThrower Habanero’

    Coleus 'FlameThrower Habanero'

    Program: Ball FloraPlant
    Rating: 5.00

    A great coleus for full sun or shade. Adds nice texture and bold color. Filled out a container nicely, but also great in the ground. We have trialed three other varieties in this series in past years and they have all performed very well for us.
  • Colues Main St. ‘Wall Street’

    Colues Main St. 'Wall Street'

    Program: Dummen
    Rating: 5.00

    Performs well in sun or shade. Uniform growth habit throughout the series.
  • Calibrachoa ‘Yellow+Red Vein’

    Calibrachoa 'Yellow+Red Vein'

    Program: Selecta
    Rating: 5.00

    Very full, spreading habit. Fully covered in color.
  • Calibrachoa ‘Superbells Coralina’

    Calibrachoa 'Superbells Coralina'

    Program: Proven Winners
    Rating: 5.00

    Nice new variety from Proven Winners. Beautiful coral color with a yellow eye. Nice compact bubble-shaped habit with tons of color.
  • Calibrachoa ‘MiniFamous Neo White+Yellow Eye’

    Calibrachoa 'MiniFamous Neo White+Yellow Eye'

    Program: Selecta
    Rating: 5.00

    Very full, spreading habit. Fully covered in color.
  • Calibrachoa ‘Aloha Hula Orange’

    Calibrachoa 'Aloha Hula Orange'

    Program: Dummen
    Rating: 5.00

    Interesting dark orange eye with lots of color.
  • Calibrachoa ‘Orange+Red Eye 17’

    Calibrachoa 'Orange+Red Eye 17'

    Program: Selecta
    Rating: 5.00

    Very full, spreading habit. Fully covered in color.
  • Calibrachoa ‘Aloha Tiki Neon’

    Calibrachoa 'Aloha Tiki Neon'

    Program: Dummen
    Rating: 5.00

    Nice bubble-shaped habit with lots of color.
  • Calibrachoa ‘Aloha Kona Royal White 2016’

    Calibrachoa 'Aloha Kona Royal White 2016'

    Program: Dummen
    Rating: 5.00

    Nice bubble-shaped habit.
  • Begonia x heimalis ‘Solenia Light Pink’

    Begonia 'Solenia Light Pink'

    Program: Dummen
    Rating: 5.00

    Typical heimalis-type begonias are meant for the shade, but the Solenias are bred for full sun. Huge showy flowers in bright bold colors show off all season long. The foliage is a nice dark green color, although it's almost completely obscured by flowers.
  • Begonia x heimalis ‘Solenia Dark Pink’

    Begonia 'Solenia Dark Pink'

    Program: Dummen
    Rating: 5.00

    Typical heimalis-type begonias are meant for the shade, but the Solenias are bred for full sun. Huge showy flowers in bright bold colors show off all season long. The foliage is a nice dark green color, although it's almost completely obscured by flowers.
  • Begonia x heimalis ‘Solenia Apricot’

    Begonia 'Solenia Apricot'

    Program: Dummen
    Rating: 5.00

    Typical heimalis-type begonias are meant for the shade, but the Solenias are bred for full sun. Huge showy flowers in bright bold colors show off all season long. The foliage is a nice dark green color, although it's almost completely obscured by flowers.
  • Begonia rex Jurassic ‘Red Splash’

    Begonia rex Jurassic 'Red Splash'

    Program: Ball Ingenuity
    Rating: 5.00

    Bold colors and patterns. Eye-catching burgundy red and silver foliage. Fairly fast growing.
  • Begonia ‘Bon Bon Peach’

    Begonia 'Bon Bon Peach'

    Program: Ball Ingenuity
    Rating: 5.00

    Tons of double blooms with excellent branching. Great in a basket or container.