2020 "Best of" Annuals

This was a ‘show stopper’ due to the strong contrast between the dark purple/velvet foliage and beautiful bicolor blooms. Plants were extremely attractive all by themselves with the dark foliage coloring and uniform compact growth habit. The prolific flowers were held high above the plants to create maximum show. Blooms had single petals which attracted many bees. Plants did not have any sign of powdery mildew even late in the season.

This plant makes a dramatic statement to any landscape with its large, dark foliage. The impressive size and shape creates a very tropical and exotic appearance. It is grown for the beautiful foliage which makes a great structure plant in the garden. It does best in full sun.

The abundant flowers and great two tone yellow color provided exceptional flower power on very vigorous and well branched plants. It was noted for having the best yellow of any petunia in the trial. The color held up very well in the high light intensity of Colorado.

Unique silvery foliage made this plant a standout in the garden. Large, velvety leaves added an interesting textural element. The beautiful gray color made a great combination with other plants. It was highly visible in the garden and very uniform.

Rosey-pink flowers were very abundant and made a very attractive show. They seemed to jump forward towards the viewer. Blooms were large and plants were of medium height. Uniform plants were described as having a good “roundy, moundy” growth habit. Overall, these plants had great vigor and were very low maintenance.

Masses of beautiful spikes of pink flowers filled the container while maintaining a very uniform appearance all season. The bicolor flowers were an attractive combination of pink with dark burgundy eye.

The intense red flowers almost glowed in the shade. The multiflora cluster of flowers gave the impression of a really large bloom. Plants were vigorous and had attractive dark green foliage. This was a repeat winner from last year and noted as a dependable performer.

Plant was noted for its prolific blooming and gorgeous red flowers. It was described as being “tough as nails” for its ability to continually bloom throughout the heat of the summer. It looked great in a container but reported to do well in the ground also.

Vigorous plants had large foliage and large blooms. The vibrant flower color popped exceptionally well in contrast with the deep bronze/green of the foliage. Plants were noted to have good uniformity.

Large, bicolor flowers were beautiful combination of soft primrose with a deep yellow throat. Plants featured good foliage and a nice tight growth habit. Vigorous plants produced abundant flowers and lots of color.

The huge, rich red flowers stood out from all the other celosias. Flower size and color was very impressive but the prolific blooming added to the impressive show. Plants were uniform but also very attractive by themselves with very attractive burgundy foliage.

This plant looked good both in container and in the ground. The glossy foliage was unique and would look great in a mix combo container. Foliage was darker in full sun. Grown mostly for the foliage, the flowers were considered mostly a bonus but they added considerable interest with a unique crested shape.

A multi-year winner due to it rich, velvety burgundy leaf color which provided color to the garden all season long. Plant vigor was excellent while also maintaining a very uniform growth habit. Flowers were virtually non-existent. Plants performed great in both the ground and containers.

Foliage was noted for a “crazy” leaf pattern and a showy golden/green edge. Plants had controlled vigor that resulted in a very uniform growth habit. The overall appearance was attractive and plants did not have any flower spikes.

Overall appearance of this combo was very vibrant. It was also impressive that all three components looked great together. Plants had good vigor and a good trailing habit over the side of the container. It was a dependable performer in past years as well as in 2020.

This was a ‘show stopper’ due to the strong contrast between the dark purple/velvet foliage and beautiful bicolor blooms. Plants were extremely attractive all by themselves with the dark foliage coloring and uniform compact growth habit. The prolific flowers were held high above the plants to create maximum show. Blooms had single petals which attracted many bees. Plants did not have any sign of powdery mildew even late in the season.

The rich red flower color were a standout in that it did not wash out in the intense sunlight. Plants were very vigorous and uniform with an excellent overall appearance. Blooming was strong throughout the season. Foliage had nice zonation.

Another dependable performer as it has been a multi-year winner and still leads the pack. Flowers were a very impressive dark, rich shade of red with a lot of flower power. Plant had great vigor that were great in the landscape but also good for containers. uniform growth habit. The overall appearance was attractive and plants did not have any flower spikes.

Abundant, clear white blooms covered the plants which really brightened up a shady location. Dark green foliage helped make the flower color even more bright. Plants had a very uniform growth habit and had the added plus of being disease resistant to downy mildew.

Vibrant flowers had at least 3 different colors that ranged from deep red to tangerine. Plants had a beautiful and uniform growth habit with abundant flowers on top of plant producing a lot of flower power.

Vigorous plants combined with prolific flowering that continued throughout the heat of a record setting summer. The abundant white blossoms were on plants that maintained great uniformity.

Dark green foliage made a great flower to foliage contrast that helped make the lavender flowers really stand out. Plants were vigorous but maintained an attractive and uniform growth habit.

Flowers lived up to their name with abundant violet flowers that were a favorite of the bees. Plants were noted to be superior due to uniform, compact growth habits and dark green foliage.

Large flowers were a good clean white color and very abundant. Plants were vigorous, uniform and had excellent flower power.

Blooms were a fantastic dark cherry color which impressed the evaluators with “stop in your tracks” flower power. Color was held even as the flowers faded. Plants were very vigorous and were well branched that resulted in an excellent growth habit

Violet flowers covered vigorous plants that had a great spreading growth habit that resulted in a vibrant blanket of blooms. Plants held up well under adverse conditions and maintained good uniformity even with some shade.

Showy flowers were noted for vivid shades of orange and double petals. Plants were vigorous and had excellent uniformity.

Dependable flowering and great growth habit made this a winner both in 2020 and in previous years. Vigorous plants were stately and upright with abundant dark purple flowers. Foliage was clean and glossy. This was another bee friendly plant that was often buzzing with excitement with pollinators.

Plants had impressive vigor and produced large flowers that covered the plants. The showy, blue blooms held their color and were weather resistant. This entry was grown in a container but would work well in the ground.

The vigorous plants made great climbers and were perfect for either a trellis or hanging basket. Flowers were a very vibrant lemon yellow with a nice dark brown throat for added contrast.

The big, blue flowers stood out against the dark foliage for an impressive overall appearance. The semi-trailing habit worked well in containers but would also do well in the ground. Plants were bred for mildew resistance and looked clean all season.

Plant would be great for landscapes due to vigorous growth, large plants and mammoth blooms. Showy, white blooms paired well with many other garden plants. Plants ‘buried their dead’ blooms to keep a fresh appearance all season.

Flowers lived up to their pure white name and the large blooms created a lot of flower power. Plants were vigorous, well-structured and filled the container. The glossy, dark green foliage made a good contrast with the white blooms.

Plants were vigorous and produced abundant large, soft lavender flowers that had a white eye for added interest. The compact and uniform plants did well in the ground but would probably also look great in a container.

Bright, clear orange flowers eventually faded to an attractive gold color but were fully double and very prolific. Plants were bred to be more compact with superior branching and they filled the container producing excellent flower power.

Large orange flowers were very prolific and very showy. Plants were vigorous, sturdy and did not lodge with overhead watering. Overall appearance was impressive with the vibrant color and uniform growth habit.