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Sep 20, 2012
CSU Announces 2012 Trials ResultsSource: Colorado State University

Colorado State University has released the "Best of..." varieties from its 2012 annual trial garden in Ft. Collins. In this year's trials, CSU had approximately 1,100 entries from 20 different national and international companies. Dümmen USA's dahlia 'XXL Hidalgo was selected as the Best of Show variety.

Colorado State University has released the “Best of…” varieties from its 2012 annual trial garden in Ft. Collins. In this year’s trials, CSU had approximately 1,100 entries from 20 different national and international companies.

More than 25 different categories were judged in this year’s trials and Dümmen USA’s dahlia ‘XXL Hidalgo was selected as the Best of Show variety.

These decisions were based on evaluations done by more than 100 people from various backgrounds on Aug. 6, and a second evaluation done by the Trial Garden Evaluation Committee on Sept. 6. The Ft. Collins weather from June to mid-September was extremely hot (many days above 90° F.) with very little rainfall.

Additional information and photos are available on the university website at www.flowertrials.colostate.edu.

The 2012 category winners are:

  • Best of Show ““ Dahlia ‘XXL Hidalgo’ from Dümmen USA
  • Best New Variety – Lantana ‘Luscious Berry Blend’ from Proven Winners
  • Best Novelty – Tecoma ‘Bells of Fire’ from Plug Connection
  • Best Angelonia – ‘Carita Purple’ from Syngenta Flowers
  • Best Argyranthemum ““ ‘Everest’ from Danziger
  • Best Begonia boliviensis ““ ‘Santa Cruz’ from Benary
  • Best Begonia x hybrida ““ ‘Whopper Rose Green Leaf’ from Ball Ingenuity
  • Best Calibrachoa – ‘Superbells Lemon Slice’ from Proven Winners
  • Best Coleus ““ ‘Wasabi’ from Ball FloraPlant
  • Best Combo – ‘Kwik Kombos Night in Pompeii’ Syngenta Flowers
  • Best Dahlia ““ ‘XXL Hidalgo’ from Dummen USA
  • Best Diascia – ‘Darla Deep Salmon 11’ from Syngenta Flowers
  • Best Geranium (ivy) – ‘Grand Idols Purple’ from Fides North America
  • Best Geranium (zonal) – ‘Caliente Fire’ from Syngenta Flowers
  • Best Impatiens (seed) – ‘Impreza White’ from PanAmerican Seed
  • Best Lantana – ‘Little Lucky Pot of Gold’ from Ball FloraPlant
  • Best Lobelia – ‘Magadi Blue’ from Selecta
  • Best Marigold – ‘Christy Orange Improved’ from Ameriseed
  • Best Osteospermum ““ ‘Serenity Dark Purple’ from Ball FloraPlant
  • Best New Guinea Impatiens – ‘Super Sonic Magenta 08’ from Syngenta Flowers
  • Best Petunia (veg-mini) – ‘Littletunia Blue Vein’ from Danziger
  • Best Petunia (veg-spreading) – ‘Whispers Star Rose’ from Syngenta Flowers
  • Best Petunia (seed-spreading) ““ ‘Trilogy White’ from American Takii, Inc.
  • Best Purslane/Portulaca – ‘Happy Trails Deep Red’ from PanAmerican Seed
  • Best Scaevola – ‘Bombay Dark Blue’ from Syngenta Flowers
  • Best Sun New Guinea Impatiens – ‘Sun Harmony Salmon’ from Danziger
  • Best Torenia – ‘Summer Wave Large Amethyst’ from Suntory Flowers, Ltd.
  • Best Verbena (spreading) – ‘Lanai Deep Purple’ from Syngenta Flowers

Additional “Plants Rated as Superior” for 2012

  • Lobularia ‘Lavender Stream’ from Danziger
  • Ornamental Millet ‘Jade Princess’ from Ball Ingenuity



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