Top performers for 2017 from Cornell University

Alternanthera Plum Dandy – photo: Floriculture Program Cornell University

Alternanthera Plum Dandy – photo: Floriculture Program Cornell University

Each summer the Floriculture Program at Cornell University (US) conducts garden performance trials of annual plants at the Bluegrass Lane Research Facility adjacent to the campus in Ithaca, New York (Hardiness zone 5b/6a). Every two weeks after planting outdoors, cultivars are evaluated based on foliage appearance, flower display, uniformity, and landscape value. At the end of the season, they are given an overall performance score. The plants below represent the top performers for 2017 from Cornell University.
• Alternanthera Plum Dandy from Proven Winners
• Alternanthera Purple Prince from PanAmerican Seed
• Capsicum annuum (Ornamental Pepper) Midnight Fire from PanAmerican Seed
• Colocasia Royal Hawaiian Aloha from Proven Winners
• Pennisetum glaucum (Ornamental Millet) Copper Prince from PanAmerican Seed
• Petunia hybrid Supertunia Bordeaux from Proven Winners
• Salvia Mystic Spires (Imp) from Ball FloraPlant
• Tagetes patula Bonanza Bolero from Pan American Seed
• Tagetes patula Bonanza Orange from Pan American Seed
• Tagetes patula Bonanza Yellow from Pan American Seed
Sweet pepper Candy Cane Red – photo: Floriculture Program Cornell University

Sweet pepper Candy Cane Red – photo: Floriculture Program Cornell University

One 2017 Top Performer, sweet pepper Candy Cane Red, is actually a vegetable. Pan American Seed brings Candy Cane Red onto the market as a snack pepper with unique, eye-catching variegated foliage, plus fruit that ripen from green striped to solid red. “Sweet flavour, thin walls, crispy texture. Perfect for fresh eating at any stage of ripeness. Best for container or in-ground, with or without support.”