Best-of-Show at Colorado trials: Chameleon Indian Summer Impr.

Calibrachoa Chameleon Indian Summer Improved – photo: Colorado State University Trials

Calibrachoa Chameleon Indian Summer Improved – photo: Colorado State University Trials

Best-of-Show of 2017 Colorado State University Trials goes to Calibrachoa Chameleon Indian Summer Improved, bred by Westhoff (Germany). This top annual has according to the jury report an eye-catching color combined with great vigor for exceptional flower power. “Varying shades of red, rose, pink and yellow were ever changing to create a dynamic appearance. The flowers of the Chameleon series are selected for their ability to change color as environmental conditions change which was evident in this selection. Blooming continued strong all summer and into September. Plants maintained a uniform growth habit that enveloped the container as a ball of flowers.” The 2017 Colorado State University Trials not only brought the Best-of-Show distinction home for Westhoff, but the name German breeder was mentioned another five times in the Best by Category’s and Other Oustanding Plants sections.
Pennisetum glaucum 'Copper Prince' – photo: Colorado State University Trials

Pennisetum glaucum ‘Copper Prince’ – photo: Colorado State University Trials

Best Novelty of 2017 Colorado State University Trials is Pennisetum glaucum ‘Copper Prince’ from PanAmerican Seed. “This plant is an excellent selection for the senses and texture in a garden. It had stout, large, fuzzy panicles of dark rose/bronze rising high above the plant. The arching foliage had wide blades and plants were very uniform with a unique caramel/copper color during the summer. This plant would create a very dramatic look in the landscape or in a large container.”
Lantana 'Luscious Royale Cosmo' – photo: Colorado State University Trials

Lantana ‘Luscious Royale Cosmo’ – photo: Colorado State University Trials

Best New Variety is Lantana ‘Luscious Royale Cosmo’ from Proven Winners. These plants (tender perennials) resulted at the 2017 Colorado State University Trials in a great overall appearance. “An appearance with a very uniform rounded growth habits and strong flowering all over. Flowers have a unique color and are on top of the foliage for maximum flower power.”
Best by category
Argryranthemum Golden Butterfly – photo: Colorado State University Trials

Argryranthemum Golden Butterfly – photo: Colorado State University Trials

‘Best of… by class’ of the 2017 Colorado State University Trials are Argryranthemum Golden Butterfly [pictured] from Proven Winners (mass of sunny yellow flowers), Begonia semperflorens (sun) BIG Red Bronze Leaf from Benary (great vigor combined with strong flowering), Begonia
(shade) Whopper Rose With Bronze Leaf Improved from Ball Ingenuity (shiny bronze foliage makes an excellent contrast with the prolific rose colored flowers), Canna Toucan Scarlet from Proven Winners (attractive dark foliage looks good even without flowers), Celosia New Look Red from Benary (vibrant red plumes maintained color all season for long season display), Coleus PartyTime Ruby Punch from Sakata (foliage is very eye catching with high contrast between the inner shades of dark red and the vivid bright green margin),
Combo 'Kwik Kombos Shooting Star’ – photo: Colorado State University Trials

Combo ‘Kwik Kombos Shooting Star’ – photo: Colorado State University Trials

Combo ‘Kwik Kombos Shooting Star’ mix [pictured] from Syngenta (this combo is the winner in this category for the second year in a row due to prolific blooming, good structure and high contrast of flower color), Cuphea FloriGlory Manuel from Westhoff (a great plant to add a delicate texture to the garden or container), Dahlia XXL Veracruz from Dümmen Orange (a perfect combination of color, large blooms and prolific flowering), Pelargonium (interspecific) Calliope Large Dark Red from Syngenta (an impressive overall visual effect – show stopping), Impatiens New Guinea SunPatiens Compact Coral Pink’ from Sakata (compact plants with great uniformity are a solid mound of pink flowers and a lot of color), Pelargonium (seed) Pinto Premium White Rose from Syngenta (a novel white and rose bicolor that had large umbels held high above the foliage for maximum show), Pelargonium zonale Darko Deep Red from Westhoff (dark, rich red flowers has great contrast against the emerald green foliage – some consider it to be the industry standard for Zonal Geraniums), Lobelia Hot Waterblue from Westoff (flowers are abundant with a strong blue color that is very attractive), Osteospermum Margarita Orange Flare from Dummen Orange (flower color is very unique with a nice chocolate colored eye), Pentas BeeBrigh Red from Syngenta (compact plants have large blooms with a great uniform growth habit), Petunia (seed spread) SUCCESS! Pink Chiffon from Benary (soft shades of pink flowers has a touch of cream creating a very romantic appearance), Petunia (veg mound) Dekko Dark Lavender from Syngenta (dark lavender flowers cover the plants and remains fresh looking with no fading), Petunia (veg spread) Supertunia Vista Bubble Gum’ from Proven Winners (multiple awarded variety which is extremely vigorous and produces a mountain of pink flowers),
Salvia Mystic Spires Improved – photo: Colorado State University Trials

Salvia Mystic Spires Improved – photo: Colorado State University Trials

Salvia Mystic Spires Improved [pictured] from Ball FloraPlant (flower display impressive, not only due to the abundant spikes of rich, deep blue flowers but also because they were significantly longer than most other Salvia), Scaevola ToppoT Aqua from Westhoff (flowers are held above the foliage and have a striking blue color that really contrasts nicely with the foliage), Verbena Lanai Upright Twister Purple from Syngenta (plants covered with a beautiful canopy of large, soft lavender flowers with a white eye), and Vinca ‘Cora Strawberry from Syngenta (strawberry colored flowers have a dark eye and are very showy)
Other outstanding plants
Other Outstanding Plants were Alternanthera Choco Chili from Westhoff, Bidens Blazing Fire from Danziger, Calendula Lady Godiva Orange from Proven Winners,
Calibrachoa Chameleon Plum Cobber from Westhoff and Dianthus Rockin Red from PanAmerican/Kieft Seed.