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Dec 12, 2023

Top Trials Results

Marion Meesenburg
Marketing Specialist

I cannot believe 2024 is almost here! But before we celebrate the New Year, let’s celebrate Darwin Perennial’s outstanding trial results from various universities in 2023. Below we highlight some of the key features of the winners.

Photo courtesy of Colorado State University. A trial bed of multiple heuchera foliage plants next to each other in rows.
Heuchera 'Big Top Caramel Apple'
Top Performer - Colorado State University

  • Multicolored caramel foliage that changes throughout the season.
  • Successfully withstood two Colorado winters.
  • Adaptable to both shade and sun conditions.

Photo courtesy of Colorado State University. An abundant bed of pink phlox flowers.
Phlox paniculata Ka-Pow® Soft Pink
Top Performer - Colorado State University

  • Impressive flower coverage creating a canopy of soft pink flowers.
  • Strong branching and apparent resistance to powdery mildew.
  • The entire Ka-Pow series has been consistently noted as excellent in past CSU trials.

Photo courtesy of Penn State. A trial bed of 4 grass-like plants with bright yellow spears of flowers.
Kniphofia Glowstick
Pennsylvania State University

  • Scored an impressive 4.92 (out of 5) in evaluations.
  • Blooms from summer through fall, serving as a season extender.
  • Abundance of bright yellow nectar-rich flower spikes, attracting pollinators.
  • Available as an unrooted cutting, providing a unique option for growers.

Photo courtesy of Penn State. A trial bed of green salvia
Salvia officinalis Silver Scent
Pennsylvania State University

  • Scored a high 4.94 (out of 5) in evaluations.
  • Doubles as a fragrant herb and features attractive blue flowers in the spring.
  • Well-suited for both mix containers and the landscape.

Photo courtesy of UGA, A bright bed of watermelon-colored double coneflower.
Echinacea Double Scoop™ Watermelon Deluxe
Classic City Award - University of Georgia

  • Stood out as the Star among echinacea varieties in the trial bed.
  • Double, bright, abundant flowers continued blooming throughout the summer on strong, sturdy stems.

We hope these results help you with your next perennial selections. Thank you for your loyalty and support this year. Happy Holidays and Cheers to 2024!

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Reader Comments (1)
Outstanding genetics!
Performance results consistent with my trial evaluations.
Friday, December 15, 2023 | Vaughn Fletcher
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