Peoples Choice Awards from Landscape Horticulture Field Day - 2009

Allen D. Owings, Rosendale, Roger M., Bracy, Regina P., Chen, Yan  |  8/2/2009 9:25:12 AM

'Purple Flash' ornamental pepper - SILVER MEDAL WINNER

'Profusion Double Fire' zinnia - BRONZE MEDAL WINNER

'Jade Princess' pennisetum - GOLD MEDAL WINNER

Green industry professionals attending the landscape horticulture field day at the LSU AgCenter’s Hammond Research Station in June were given the opportunity to “pick their winning plants” from the sun garden evaluation trial gardens at the station.

Over 340 varieties were planted this year.

The planting mostly consists of annual bedding plants and herbaceous perennials, but new roses and some “companion” woody ornamental shrubs (such as Southern Living plants) are also included.

The majority are “new” plants to the industry, but a few are industry standards planted for “comparison” and “side-by-side” evaluation purposes.

Here are the results:


· ‘Bombay Lavender’ Scaevola (Syngenta Flowers)
· ‘Bombay Dark Blue’ Scaevola (Syngenta Flowers)
· ‘Early Bird Gold’ Rudbeckia (Dupont Nursery)
· ‘Profusion Double Fire’ Zinnia (Sakata Seed) – BRONZE WINNER
· ‘Dark Star’ Coleus (Proven Winners)
· ‘Easy Does It’ Rose (Weeks Roses)
· Ornamental Sweet Potato ‘Selection Number 8-23’ (LSU AgCenter)
· Candlestick Tree – Cassia alata
· ‘Aristata Sunburst’ Series Gaillardia (Syngenta Flowers)
· ‘Jade Princess’ Pennisetum (PanAmerican Seed) – GOLD WINNER
· ‘Purple Flash’ Ornamental Pepper (PanAmerican Seed) – SILVER WINNER
· ‘Purple Diamond’ Loropetalum (PDSI)
· ‘Mesa Yellow’ Gaillardia (PanAmerican Seed)
· ‘Corrie’s Gold’ Gaura
· ‘Louisiana Red’ Copper Plant
· ‘Chili Chilly’ Ornamental Pepper (PanAmerican Seed)
· ‘Tradewind Purple Bicolor’ Osteospermum (Syngenta Flowers)
· ‘Gold Edge’ Duranta

Honorable Mention:

· ‘Senorita Rosalita’ Cleome (Proven Winners)
· ‘Bouquet Rose Magic’ Dianthus (PanAmerican Seed)
· ‘Verde’ Talinum (PanAmerican Seed)
· ‘Maple Sugar’ Hibiscus (Proven Winners)
· ‘Lemon’ Talinum (PanAmerican Seed)
· ‘Ballerina Blush’ Gaura (Ball FloraPlant)
· ‘Aurora Black Cherry’ Coleus (Ball FloraPlant)
· ‘Swizzle Cherry Vanilla’ Zinnia (Goldsmith)
· ‘Red Hot Rio’ Coleus (Proven Winners)
· ‘Sunny Knock Out’ Rose (Conard-Pyle / Star Roses)
· ‘Antigua Gold’ Marigold (Goldsmith)

Also Receiving Votes:

· ‘Bombay White’ Scaevola (Syngenta Flowers)
· ‘Fireworks’ Gomphrena (PanAmerican Seed)
· ‘Cuban Gold’ Duranta (Athens Select)
· ‘Medusa’ Ornamental Pepper (PanAmerican Seed)
· ‘Purple Bouquet’ Dianthus (PanAmerican Seed)
· ‘Nirvana Cascade Pink’ Vinca (Syngenta Flowers)
· ‘Nirvana Sky Blue’ Vinca (Syngenta Flowers)
· ‘Luna Red’ Hibiscus (PanAmerican Seed)
· Ornamental Sweet Potato ‘Selection Number 08-18’ (LSU AgCenter)
· ‘Sweet Caroline Green/Yellow’ Ornamental Sweet Potato (Bodger Botanicals)
· ‘Bronze’ Copper Plant
· ‘Pink Chaos’ Coleus (Proven Winners)
· ‘Fishnet Stockings’ Coleus (Proven Winners)
· ‘Trusty Rusty’ Coleus (Ball FloraPlant)
· ‘Pink Marble’ Photinia (Conard-Pyle)
· ‘Emerald Snow’ Loropetalum (PDSI)
· ‘Taishan Yellow’ Marigold (PanAmerican Seed)
· ‘Corey Yellow’ Coreopsis (Syngenta Flowers)
· ‘Spring Secret’ Scaevola (Proven Winners)
· ‘Blue Print’ Scaevola (Ball FloraPlant)
· ‘Southern Belle’ Hibiscus
· ‘White Texas Star’ Hibiscus
· ‘New (Blue) Wonder’ Scaevola (Proven Winners)
· ‘Profusion Yellow’ Zinnia (Sakata Seed)
· ‘Profusion Double White’ Zinnia (Sakata Seed)

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