Visual Observations
NDSU Bedding Plant Trials - 2001
  Fargo Dickinson Williston
Cultivar tested (seed source) (July 18,19 and Aug 30 - Sept.11) (July 11 and Aug. 24, 25) (July 12 and Aug. 24)
Abelmoschus manihot 'Pink' (Pk) Pink;Only 1 plant survived; nice little plant by Sept. but took too long to bloom Not Tested Not Tested
Abutilon x hybridum These grew the best in Fargo but the biggest drawback was that the flowers hung down and were hard to see.They did alright in Dickinson but were poor with little vigor in Williston.
†††† Bella Apricot (PAS) Pale, peachy orange;Did well although they lacked uniformity in size early in the season Most floriferous of the four; good vigor and uniformity Most vigorous of group here and best bloom but still not doing as well as Fargo or Dickinson
†††† Bella Coral Deep (PAS) Dark orange salmon;Had good vigor and bloom but weren't uniform in size Not uniform in size or bloom; not as floriferous as 'Bella Apricot' Not uniform in size or bloom all season
†††† Bella Red (PAS) Red;Same as previous with good bloom and vigor but not uniform in size Uniform early but not later; good bloom Least vigorous of the group here; not much bloom
†††† Bella Salmon (PAS) Deep coral;Most vigorous of the group but not uniform in size Most vigorous of the four; not uniform in size but had good bloom. Slow to bloom, not uniform in bloom time, not as vigorous as Fargo
Agastache cana 'Heather Queen' (Pk) Rosy pink;Slow to bloom but healthy and was looking really nice by the end of the season Not Tested Not Tested
A. foeniculum 'Blue Spike' (Pk) Dusty blue;Not uniform in bloom or size early; nice vigor by the second evaluation but past peak bloom Not Tested Not Tested
Ageratum houstonianum                  
†††† Azure Pearl (WG) Blue;Uniform early, by the end of the season it wasn't as full or vigorous as some others Not Tested Not Tested
†††† Blue Hawaii (Bod) Blue;Did best early in the season; not uniform in size or bloom by the September evaluation   Not Tested   Not Tested
†††† Blue Horizon (Pk) Blue;Floriferous, showy and nice early but not quite as uniform or floriferous later in the season Not Tested Not Tested
†††† Blue Lagoon (Pk)†††††† Blue;Lacked uniformity in size all season but had good bloom, especially in September Not Tested Not Tested
†††† Fields Blue (Nov) Blue;Lacked uniformity in size all season but had good bloom Not Tested Not Tested
††† Hawaii Royal (Pk) Purple;Not uniform in size all season; good bloom early but dead heads detracted from appearance by September Not Tested Not Tested
††† Hawaii Shell Pink (Pk) Pale pink;Not uniform in size all season, bloom alright but lots of dead heads showing in September Not Tested Not Tested
††† Leilani Blue (GS) Blue; Did alright all season but dead heads detracted later in the season Not Tested Not Tested
††† Neptune Blue (GS) Blue; One of the more uniform cultivars early; not as full, vigorous or uniform as others by September Not Tested Not Tested
††† Silver Pearl (WG) Creamy white; Dead heads much more noticeable on this cultivar all season Not Tested Not Tested
††† True Blue (Gri) Blue;Good bloom on this one all season but lacked uniformity in size Not Tested Not Tested
Alstroemeria x hybrida Slow to get established after transplanting;these did the best at the Fargo location.They were also slow to bloom and many plants were still not blooming by the middle of July.
†††† Jazze Purple Rose (PAS) Rosy mauve;Least vigorous of the three, slow to bloom and not as much bloom as others Not blooming for first evaluation; poor bloom and vigor by the second evaluation Low germination -- didn't test here
††† Jazze Rose Deep (PAS) Deep mauve-yellow throat;Not uniform in size, bloom or vigor; most vigorous of the group Poor germination--these weren't tested here Low germination -- didn't test here
††† Jazze Rose Frost (PAS) Pink with yellow throat and white edge;Not uniform in size, bloom or vigor; pretty flowers More vigor than 'Jazze Purple Rose'; not uniform in size and not much bloom Not much vigor all season and few blooms
Amaranthus caudatus x A. hypochondriacus 'Magic Fountains' (Pk) Looked weedy all season; color was dull, blooms were falling over Not Tested Not Tested
A. hypochondriacus 'Pigmy Torch' (Pk) Also weedy looking; flowers were falling over and in the dirt and mud Not Tested Not Tested
A. tricolor 'Aurora' (Pk) Bright yellow with green;Nice early with good vigor and uniformity; dying by September - no vigor Not Tested Not Tested
A. tricolor 'Illumination' (Pk) Red and green; Nice early with good coloration and vigor but not uniform, lost vigor and show by September Not Tested Not Tested
Ammi visagna 'Green Mist' (Pk) White; Very nice early with good bloom and uniformity; flowers misshapen in Sept.-bugs? Not Tested Not Tested
Ammobium alatum 'Bikini' (Pk) White; Not uniform in size early but good bloom; declined by Sept. and half the plants were dead Not Tested Not Tested
Anagallis monellii 'Blue Light' (Pk) Blue;Not much bloom all season but nice little plants; took frost very well Not Tested Not Tested
Antirrhinum majus (Snapdragons) Did well but past peak bloom by Sept. evaluation - many dead heads evident up close Not Tested Not Tested
††† Chimes Mixture (GS) Nice color mix; Good bloom early but not uniform; past peak bloom by September Not Tested Not Tested
††† Crimson Ribbon (GS) Deep velvet red; Did well all season Not Tested Not Tested
††† Floral Showers (Pk) Mix of colors; Good bloom early but past peak bloom by September Not Tested Not Tested
††† LaBella Mixture (GS) Good color mix;Did alright all season Not Tested Not Tested
††† Lavender Ribbon (GS) Lavender pink;Pretty color, not as vigorous or floriferous as a few other cultivars early, ok later Not Tested Not Tested
††† Light Pink Ribbon (GS) Pink; Similar to Lavender Ribbon   Not Tested   Not Tested
††† Purple Ribbon (GS) Deep magenta red; Very nice early with good bloom and uniformity;nice in September but not as floriferous Not Tested Not Tested
††† Rocket Mix (Pk) Not as floriferous as LaBella mix, not as uniform as others;doing alright in September Not Tested Not Tested
††† Rose Ribbon (GS) Deep coral rose; Not as floriferous as some but nice plants; nice in September with good color mass Not Tested Not Tested
††† White Ribbon (GS) White; Not as vigorous as some others early; did alright by September evaluation Not Tested Not Tested
†††† Yellow Ribbon (GS) Yellow; Not as uniform as some others early; similar to other snaps in September Not Tested Not Tested
Arctotis venusta (Pk) White with purplish cast; Very nice in July with good bloom and vigor;overrun by Artemisia annua later Not Tested Not Tested
Artemisia annua (Pk) Very vigorous but no bloom all season;looked like a big weed Not Tested Not Tested
Asarinaspecies This genus is sometimes referred to as climbing or twining snapdragons.Asarina scandens had more vigor than A. wislizensis in both Fargo and Dickinson.Both 'Joan Lorraine' and 'Mystic Pink' were doing well at all three locations by August.
Asarina scandens 'Joan Lorraine'(Pk) Purple;Very vigorous all season but not too many flowers. Not blooming by July evaluation but by August had good vigor and nice purple flowers Just starting to vine in July with some purple flowers, doing well by August
A. scandens 'Mystic Pink' (Pk) Pink;Not as vigorous as 'Joan Lorraine' but still did well; not many flowers all season Not vining much or blooming in July, not quite as vigorous in August as 'Joan Lorraine' Not blooming by July evaluation, good vigor and bloom by August
A. x wislizensis 'Red Dragon' (Pk) Not much vigor and didn't vine well; didn't see any flowers Didnít do well here, no vigor and not much bloom Not Tested
Asclepias curassavica 'Red Butterfly' (Pk) Red; Not as vigorous as past years; also next to Artemisia annua which was huge and overtaking stuff around it Not Tested Not Tested
A. curassavica 'Silky Gold' (Pk) Gold;Also not as vigorous or floriferous as in the past; next to Swiss chard which was overtaking it   Not Tested   Not Tested
Begonia x semperflorens-cultorum (Wax Begonia) In Fargo, these were slow to establish but by late August into September they looked good.The raised beds in Dickinson made a 100% improvement in performance there.And in Williston they did well all summer with bottom water and natural shade.
††† Alfa Mix (Da) Mix of colors;Did alright all season Not Tested Not Tested
††† All Round Mix (Da) Mix of colors;Healthy, uniform and floriferous all season. Not Tested Not Tested
††† Ambassador Mix (Da) Not a good mix - mostly red; Uniform all season and floriferous into September Not Tested Not Tested
††† Ambassador Pink (Da) Small with no vigor early; by second evaluation had good bloom and uniformity but was smaller than others These plants were chlorotic in August although bloom and uniformity were good One small plant otherwise good bloom, vigor and uniformity all season
††† Ambassador Rose (Da) Not as vigorous as others and didn't bloom as well Lacked uniformity in size all season but bloom was alright Not as vigorous or uniform as others all season
††† Ambassador Rose Blush (Da) Less vigorous than others and lacked uniformity in size Low germination--didn't test here Low germination -- didn't test here
†††† Ambassador Scarlet (Da) Good bloom by second evaluation but not uniform in size Low germination--didn't test here Low germination -- didn't test here
†††† Ambassador White (Da) Only 3 of 12 plants survived transplanting.Not uniform in size or bloom. Low germination--didn't test here Low germination -- didn't test here
††††† Dragon Wing Pink (PAS) Low germination--didn't grow well in greenhouse.Plants not vigorous--did poorly. Low germination--didn't test here Low germination -- didn't test here
††††† Inferno Mix (Da) Uniform all season and floriferous into September but mostly pink flowers Not Tested Not Tested
††††† Lotto Scarlet (Ben) Small early but by September were vigorous, floriferous, uniform and very nice. Not as floriferous as others but still nice plants Not as floriferous or showy as some other cultivars but still did well
††††† Lotto White (Ben) Uniform, floriferous, vigorous all season Most vigorous of all the begonias here during both evaluation times--nice! Healthy plants but bloom wasn't as good as on some other cultivars
††††† Olympia Sprint Red (Ben) Lacked uniformity early but very nice later--floriferous, uniform, showy, etc. Vigorous, uniform and floriferous all season Good bloom, color, uniformity and vigor all season
††††† Olympia Sprint Rose (Ben) Good bloom all season but lacking uniformity in size Uniform, floriferous and vigorous early; by August not uniform in size but bloom good Good bloom early but not as uniform as some others; by August very nice and showy
††††† Olympia Sprint White (Ben) Small early; by Sept. had good bloom, uniformity, and vigor Vigorous, uniform and floriferous all season Good bloom, uniformity and vigor all season
††††† Party Red-Bronze Leaf (Ben) Good bloom and vigor all season; nice show of red in September Uniform, floriferous and vigorous early; vigorous and floriferous in August but uniformity not as good Good vigor, bloom and uniformity early; by August not quite as full and dead heads more evident
††††† Partyfun (Ben) Good bloom and vigorous but not uniform in size, especially into September. Not Tested Not Tested
††††† Queen Pink (Da) Not as vigorous or floriferous as others all season Lacked uniformity in size all season; bloom was alright Pretty double flowers but not as full or floriferous as some other cultivars
Wax Begonia (cont.) Queen Red (Da) Not as floriferous as others and not uniform in size or bloom More uniform in size than 'Queen Pink'; nice vigorous plants in August with ok bloom Low germination -- didn't test here
††††† Queen White (Da) Not as much bloom as others and not uniform in size--a few really small plants Low germination--didn't test here Low germination -- didn't test here
††††† Senator Mix (Da) Good bloom, vigorous but not uniform in size, especially in September. Not Tested Not Tested
††††† Senator Pink (Da) Not as vigorous as others but bloom was good Low germination -- didn't test here Low germination -- didn't test here
††††† Senator Red (Da) Very nice by second evaluation with good bloom, uniformity and vigor Lacked uniformity in size compared to others; bloom was alright Good bloom all season but not as full or uniform as other cultivars
††††† Senator Rose (Da) Not as vigorous as others Again, not uniform in size but bloom was good Not as uniform as other cultivars but good bloom
††††† Senator White (Da) Lacking vigor early but was very nice by the end of the season Low germination -- didn't test here Low germination -- didn't test here
††††† Super Olympia Pink (Ben) Had good uniformity and bloom all season but plants were small Uniform, vigorous and nice early; not as vigorous later but seemed like the irrigation water was missing this area Uniform, floriferous, and vigorous all season
††††† Super Olympia Red (Ben) Good bloom, vigor, uniformity and show all season Nice all season with good bloom, uniformity and vigor Uniform, floriferous, and vigorous all season
††††† Super Olympia Rose (Ben) Uniform with good bloom early; not as floriferous later in the season Uniform, floriferous, vigorous and showy all season Same as the previous two
††††† Super Olympia White (Ben) Uniform with good bloom early; not as floriferous later but still uniform and vigorous Not as uniform as others in July; better in August with good bloom, vigor and uniformity Same as the previous three
††††† Victory Bronze Leaf Mix (GS) Uniform in size early but not later, bloom better in August than July Not Tested Not Tested
††††† Victory Green Leaf Mix (GS) Did alright, by August was vigorous with good bloom but not uniform in size   Not Tested   Not Tested
††††† Vodka (Ben) Red;Uniform, showy and nice all season Uniform, floriferous, vigorous and showy all season Also uniform, vigorous and floriferous all season
B. x tuberhybrida 'Fortune Mix' (Da) Small with no vigor all season Not Tested Not Tested
B. x tuberhybrida 'Galaxy Mix' (Da) No vigor and sickly all season   Not Tested   Not Tested
B. x tuberhybrida 'Pin Up Flame' (AAS '99) Small with no vigor all season Orange, yellow;Best it's ever done here, good vigor in August but not much bloom Not uniform in size or bloom but did alright, had good bloom by August
Beta vulgaris var. cicla 'Bright Lights' (Pk) Healthy and vigorous all season but colors not bright and many plants were just yellow and green Not Tested Not Tested
B. vulgaris 'Gourmet Burgundy' (Gri) Deep red stalks, red veins; Not uniform in size but healthy and vigorous all season.   Not Tested   Not Tested
Bidens ferulifolia 'Golden Goddess' (Pk) Golden;Nice early with fairly good uniformity and vigor; being overtaken by Swiss chard in September   Not Tested   Not Tested
Brassica oleracea 'Color Up Improved Mix' (Pk) Did well all season;colored up especially well by September and October Not Tested Not Tested
B. oleracea 'Nagoya Mix' (Pk) This cultivar has ruffled edges; also did well all season with the best color in the fall   Not Tested   Not Tested
B. oleracea 'Peacock Mix' (Pk) The most uniform of the group;finely dissected leaves; very vigorous Not Tested Not Tested
Briza maxima (Quaking Grass) (Pk) Dying by July but lots of seed heads on it Vigorous and nice in July with lots of quaking seed heads,plants dead by August but seeds still on Not Tested
Calendula officinalis 'Prince Mix' (Pk) Golden yellow;Got overtaken by the kale later in the season Not Tested Not Tested
C. officinalis 'Touch of Red Buff' (Pk) Pale creamy yellow with dark edges;Did alright all season   Not Tested   Not Tested
Calibrachoa 'Trailing Orchid Pink'(BCG) Pink;Small with no vigor out in the field.Pots in the greenhouse did well, however. Poor with no vigor early; essentially dead by the August evaluation Did the best at this location. Turned into a nice little ground cover by August although it wasn't uniform in spread.
Callistephus chinensis 'Florette Mix' (CG) Not blooming by July evaluation;lots of dead heads by September although no Aster Yellows present   Not Tested   Not Tested
Capsicum annuum 'Chilly Chili'(PAS, AAS '02) Vigorous and showy with lots of upright peppers on uniform plants. Not uniform in height, otherwise good show of peppers and color Not as much vigor or uniformity as Fargo and Dickinson but getting lots of showy peppers
Catharanthus roseus (Vinca) Slow to get established in Fargo but most were doing well by the second evaluation in early September.In Dickinson they did well all season but looked best in August.The Williston plants lacked vigor and didn't do as well as in Fargo or Dickinson.
†††† Cooler Red (PAS) Bright fuchsia red; Fairly uniform in size early but not bloom;uniform with good bloom by September   Not Tested   Not Tested
†††† First Kiss Blush (Ben) Pink with dark center;Nice early but better later in the season with good bloom, uniformity and vigor Not uniform early; nice in August with good vigor, bloom and uniformity Did alright but nothing spectacular
†††† First Kiss Coral (Ben) Fuchsia pink;Not uniform in size or bloom early; nice plantslater but not as much bloom as others Uniform early; nicest in August with good vigor, uniformity and bloom Two plants died; others not very uniform or vigorous
†††† First Kiss Polka Dot (Ben) White with red eye;Not uniform in vigor early; good bloom later but not uniform in size Best of the group in July; but nicer in August with good bloom, vigor, and uniformity One of the better groups in Williston all season
†††† First Kiss Ruby (Ben) Deep fuchsia pink;Not as uniform as some others in size or bloom all season, nice color Small with no vigor early; vigorous, uniform, and floriferous by August Uniform by August but not much bloom
†††† Heat Wave Mix (Bod) Mix of pinks;Not uniform in size or bloom all season;some plants yellowing by September   Not Tested   Not Tested
†††† Jaio Scarlet Eye (AAS '02) Bright fuchsia red;Not uniform in bloom early but very nice by August - very showy Alright in July, by August had good bloom but plants weren't uniform in size Only two plants there, did alright
†††† Mediterranean Mix (WG) Mix of white, lavender, pink, fuchsia;Most vigorous of the vinca in July, not uniform in size later   Not Tested   Not Tested
†††† Merlot Mix (Ball) Not uniform in size early; good bloom all season but not much of a color mix Not much of a color mix but plants were uniform and floriferous by August No vigor early; not uniform in size later
†††† Pacifica Coral (WG) Deep, bright coral;Not uniform in bloom early;better bloom in Sept. but not uniform in size. Not Tested Not Tested
†††† Pacifica Mix Improved (WG) Slow to bloom; not uniform in size by the end of the season but bloom was ok.   Not Tested   Not Tested
†††† Pacifica Peach (WG) Pale, pale, pink white;Not much vigor early; by September had good uniformity and bloom Not Tested Not Tested
†††† Stardust Orchid (AAS '00) Fuchsia lavender with white eye;Did alright but there was some yellowing of plants by September Not as vigorous as others early, uniform by August but bloom not as good as other vinca Did alright but didn't have much bloom
†††† Sunsplash Cherry (Gri) Bright fuchsia;Uniform in size early but not bloom; not as floriferous as others later in the season Not uniform in size all season; had better bloom in August; bright color Did alright but was better in Dickinson and Fargo
†††† Sunsplash Lilac (Gri) Lavender;Color was dull; not as uniform or floriferous as others throughout the season Also not uniform in size; good bloom but color was dull Only 2/6 survived; Dull color and no vigor
†††† TrailingLilac (WG) Solid fuchsia-lavender;Did alright all season Not Tested Not Tested
†††† Trailing White (WG) Solid white; Did alright all season   Not Tested   Not Tested
†††† Tutti Frutti Mix (Ball) Good bloom but not uniform in size between colors Not uniform in size but good bloom One of the better groups in August; bloom was good
Celosia cristata                        
†††† Amigo Mahogany Red (Ben) Deep burgundy leaves; Not much vigor all season Not Tested Not Tested
†††† Amigo Mix (Ben) Sickly with no vigor and not much bloom all season   Not Tested   Not Tested
†††† Colours Pink (Gri) No vigor or uniformity all season--yellowing and sickly toward the end of the season Pretty flower but was never very vigorous Was nicer in Dickinson; not much vigor or bloom here
†††† Prestige Scarlet (AAS '97) Not uniform in size or bloom early; by September were uniform, floriferous and showy Nice in July but by August had outstanding uniformity, bloom and vigor - very nice Not too impressive in July but by August had good bloom although not uniform in size
Celosia plumosa                        
†††† Castle Mix (AT) Mix of colors;sickly and not much vigor or uniformity all season Not Tested Not Tested
†††† Castle Orange (AT) Not much vigor all season;flowers were a dull, 'dirty' orange Not Tested Not Tested
†††† Gloria Mix (Ben) Nice mix of colors but sickly and no vigor all season   Not Tested   Not Tested
†††† New Look (Ben) Burgundy leaves and flowers;Did alright early but was especially showy by the end of the season. Not Tested Not Tested
Celosia spicata                        
†††† Flamingo Feather (Bur) Not uniform in size early but good bloom;better bloom inSeptember but not as full as 'Purple Flamingo' Not Tested Not Tested
†††† Pink Candle (Pk) Nice bloom but color washed out in July;nice in September but not as full as 'Purple Flamingo'   Not Tested   Not Tested
†††† Purple Flamingo (Pk) Very healthy but not blooming in July;by September plants were floriferous and showy Not Tested Not Tested
Centaurea cyanis 'Dwarf Midget Mix' (Pk) Not very impressive, not uniform in bloom or size all season Not Tested Not Tested
C. cyanis 'Frosted Queen Mix' (CK) Not uniform in bloom early-one really nice blue flowered plant;falling over by September but bloom ok Not Tested Not Tested
C. cyanis 'Garnet' (Pk) Deep burgundy-almost black;Not uniform in size early;ok in September but falling over Not Tested Not Tested
Cerinthe major var. purpurescens 'Kiwi Blue' (Pk) Blue flowers, blue green foliage;Fairly uniform early with good coloring; still doing well in September Not Tested Not Tested
Chrysanthemum carinatum 'Merry Mix' (Pk) Not uniform in size all season; one sickly plant that was yellowing by September Not Tested Not Tested
C. vulgare 'Gold Sticks' (Pk) Vigorous with lots of gold "balls" and ferny foliage; still healthy and floriferous into September Not Tested Not Tested
Cladanthus arabicus 'Criss-Cross' (Pk) Not uniform in size early butgood bloom and nice color contrast between yellow flowers and grayish foliage Not Tested Not Tested
Cleome hasslerana 'Mix' (Pk) Not uniform in size or bloom all season; not as full or vigorous as 'Sparkler Blush' in September Not Tested Not Tested
C. hasslerana 'Sparkler Blush' (AAS '02) Healthy, vigorous and uniform in July; still good vigor and bloom by September Not Tested Not Tested
C. serrulata 'Solo' (Pk) Pale pinkish white flowers;Good bloom early;declining by September and falling over Not Tested Not Tested
Cosmos bipinnatus 'Early Wonder' (Pk) White, lavender; Not uniform in size or bloom early;declining and falling over by September Not Tested Not Tested
C. bipinnatus 'Psyche Mix' (Pk) Pinks, lavenders;Not uniform in size and falling over early; by Sept. was declining and falling over Not Tested Not Tested
C. sulfureus 'Bright Lights' (Pk) Orange;Good bloom early but declining like other cosmos in September and falling over. Not Tested Not Tested
C. sulfureus 'Cosmic Orange' (AAS '00, Ben) Orange;Not uniform in size early but nice bloom; declining by September with half-dead plants Good bloom and uniformity in July; declining some in bloom by August Did alright; had good bloom but wasn't uniform in size
C. sulfureus 'Cosmic Yellow' (Ben) Yellow;Smaller than 'Cosmic Orange' , not uniform in size or bloom early, declining like others in Sept. Not Tested Not Tested
C. sulfureus 'Ladybird Mix' (Pk) Yellow, orange, rusts;Good bloom early but dead heads detracted, declined in September   Not Tested   Not Tested
Cuphea hyssopifolia 'Allyson' (Pk) Purple;Good uniformity early, unique looking, by September was nice-not too showy but interesting Not Tested Not Tested
C. purpurea 'Firefly' (Pk) Red;Good vigor, uniformityand show all season   Not Tested   Not Tested
Dahlia hybrids                        
†††† Bishop's Children (Pk) Not blooming by July or uniform in size; by September, plants vigorous but not much bloom Not Tested Not Tested
†††† Diablo Mix (Pk) Mix of colors;Barely blooming by July evaluation, looked nice by September   Not Tested   Not Tested
†††† Double Pompon Mix (Pk) Mix of colors;Most vigorous of group in July,still nice in September with ok bloom Not Tested Not Tested
†††† Garden Pride (Ben) Not uniform in bloom, size or vigor in July, vigorous in September but bloom could've been better Not Tested Not Tested
†††† Redskin (WG) Maroon, bronze;Not much bloom by July, doing alright by September Not Tested Not Tested
Dianthus chinensis                        
†††† Diamond Blush Pink (Pk) White to dark pink; Good bloom early, not uniform in vigor, by Sept. good bloom, not uniform in size   Not Tested   Not Tested
†††† First Love (Ball) Different shades of pink;Good bloombut lacked uniformity in size all season Good bloom and uniformity in July; by August had declined in bloom and lost some uniformity Did alright but wasn't as uniform or floriferous as 'Melody Pink'
†††† Melody Pink (AAS '00) Pink;Good bloom but not uniform in size in July, good vigor and bloom by September - nice Nice in July with fairly good bloom and uniformity, bloom declinedby August but vigorous, uniform Did well here with good bloom and vigor
†††† Super Parfait Raspberry (Pk) Not very vigorous or showy all season Not Tested Not Tested
†††† Valentine(PAS) Not uniform in size or bloomearly, small but uniform in September, not much bloom   Not Tested   Not Tested
†††† Velvet 'N Lace (Pk) Deep burgundy with white;Not uniform in bloom or vigor in July, by Sept. uniform in size, not many flowers Not Tested Not Tested
Diascia barberae 'Pink Queen' (Pk) Pink;Healthy but small early, nice little plants in September but falling over due to wind   Not Tested   Not Tested
Emilia flammea 'Scarlet Magic' (Pk) Orange;Weedy looking all season, not much bloom left by September   Not Tested   Not Tested
Eustoma grandiflorum (Lisianthus)                        
†††† Echo Mix (Pk) Pink, white, purple;Good uniformity and bloom early, not as uniform in Sept. but bloom still nice Not Tested Not Tested
†††† Echo Pink (Pk) Soft pink;Not as uniform as 'Echo Mix' in July but bloom nice, by Sept. falling over, not uniform in bloom   Not Tested   Not Tested
†††† Echo Pink Picotee (Pk) White with light pink edges;Not uniform in bloom or vigor early, by September not much bloom Not Tested Not Tested
†††† ForeverBlue (PAS, AAS '01) Purple;Nicer in Dickinson; not uniform in size or vigor early; vigorous plants with good bloom by September Had good bloom all season; lacked uniformity in spread later in the season; better here than Fargo Not uniform in vigor; one really nice plant but two that were sickly and yellow
†††† Heidi Hybrid (Pk) Color mix;Not as floriferous as 'Echo Mix' but still nice, good bloom in Sept. but falling from wind Not Tested Not Tested
†††† Lizzy Blue (GS) Purple;Not uniform in vigor or bloom all season Not Tested Not Tested
†††† Lizzy Pink (GS) Pink;Similar to 'Lizzy Blue'   Not Tested   Not Tested
†††† Lizzy White (GS) White;Most dying-only one healthy plant early, not much bloom all season Not Tested Not Tested
†††† Red Glass (Pk) Deep red pink;Not as vigorous as 'Echo' series, by September not many blooms and no vigor Not Tested Not Tested
Fragaria (Strawberry) 'Berri Basket' (Ball) These did better in Dickinson and Williston; here they lacked vigor and didn't bloom as well In July had more vigor than 'Berries Galore' but less fruits per plant; still nice in August Nice little plants with lots of blooms and berries at both evaluation times.
F. 'Berries Galore' (Ball) Same as for 'Berri Basket' Uniform with good flower and fruit production all season Similar to 'Berri Basket'
Fuchsia 'Snowfire Angel Earrings'(BCG) Poor with no vigor or much bloom all season Lacking vigor early; small but healthy later--not much bloom Nice little plants all season but not much bloom
Gaillardia pulchella 'Red Plume' (AAS '91) Red and orange flowers;Just starting to bloom good in July, very nice and showy by September Not Tested Not Tested
G. pulchella 'Yellow Sun' (Pk) Golden yellow;Similar to 'Red Plume', slow to start but very nice by the end of the season   Not Tested   Not Tested
Gazania rigens                        
††† Daybreak Mix (Pk) Mix of colors;Not uniform in size early, did alright but not much variation in colors Not Tested Not Tested
†††† Kiss Mix (GS) Mix of colors;5 of 12 plants died after transplanting but others did well all season   Not Tested   Not Tested
†††† Talent Orange (Ben) Nice plants early but not uniform in size; by September doing good but not uniform in bloom Not uniform in size early; not a lot of bloom at either evaluation time Poor, no vigor and not many blooms all season
†††† Talent Rose Shades (Ben) Not as vigorous or floriferous as other gazania all season Good uniformity except for one very small plant; not blooming much for either evaluation No vigor, not many blooms all season
†††† Talent White (Ben) Nice little plants with good bloom early; still vigorous by September but not as floriferous Uniform and vigorous but not blooming much either time they were evaluated Same as other gazania
†††† Talent Yellow (Ben) Not uniform in bloom early; not uniform in size or bloom by September Not uniform in size or bloom all season Same as other gazania
Gomphrena globosa 'Gnome' (Pk) Rose;Slow to bloom, by September very nice with good bloom, uniformity and vigor Not Tested Not Tested
G. globosa 'Mix' (Pk) Full and vigorous early but not uniform in height,still nice and showy in September   Not Tested   Not Tested
G. haageana 'Strawberry Fields' (Pk) Red;Not as vigorous as previous two in July but very nice in September with good uniformity, bloom, etc. Not Tested Not Tested
Gypsophila muralis 'Garden Bride' (Da) Pale pink, single blossoms;Good vigor and bloom early; decline in bloom later in the season Uniform and vigorous early with lots of blooms; doing alright in August but lots of unopened buds Not blooming well either evaluation time although plants were full of buds
G. muralis 'Gypsy' (Da, AAS '97)) Pale pink, double blossoms;Very nice early with good bloom and vigor; decline in bloom later Not uniform in size and not as floriferous as 'Garden Bride' Nice plants early with good bloom; black beetles in August seemed to be eating flowers
Helianthus annuus The sunflower did poorly at all three locations although in July some cultivars looked alright.They are subject to a lot of insect and disease problems in North Dakota and seem to be a little more high maintenance than some other things.
†††† Chianti (Ball) Lots of blooms and sunflower beetles early; falling over and declining by late August Most vigorous sunflower early with good bloom; decline in bloom later and scraggly plants Not blooming in July and by August they were falling over
†††† Dorado (Ball) Misshapen flowers (bugs?); no vigor and dying by late August Heads shriveled (bugs?); not many blooms Not much bloom in July; dying by August
†††† Lemon Eclair (Ball) Least vigorous of the group early; dead by September Not uniform in size or bloom; typical sunflower head--incorrectly labeled? Pretty spider flower early; dying by August
†††† Ring of Fire (Ben, AAS '01) Did poorly with many bugs and diseases Doing well early but by August some insect was chewing on the heads and deforming them Not blooming in July but uniform; by August was one of the better sunflowers but was buggy
†††† Soraya (AAS '00) Some plants doing alright during July evaluation but by September had many bugs and diseases Not blooming in July, typical of the other sunflowers in August Not blooming in July, by August was alright but was buggy
†††† Starburst Aura (Ball) No vigor and dead by September Nice flowers early; decline in bloom by August Pretty flower early; dying by August
†††† Sundown (Ball) Best of the group in July with fairly good vigor and fewer bugs than others; dead by September Couldnít find--lost from late frost? Not uniform in bloom early; dying by August
Helichrysum bracteatum 'Bikini Mix' (JSS) Mix of colors;Uniform in size but not bloom early, by September good bloom-needed deadheading Not Tested Not Tested
H. bracteatum 'Fiery Mix' (Pk) White, bronze;Nice bloom but weedy looking Not Tested Not Tested
H. monstrosum 'Mix' (Pk) Mix of colors;Same as previous - nice bloom but weedy looking Not Tested Not Tested
Hypoestes phyllostachya 'Confetti Mix' (Da) Lacking uniformity in size but color variation of leaves is nice Not Tested Not Tested
Impatiens balsamina 'Carambole Mix' (Pk) Mix of colors;Not very vigorous or uniform, needed more water? Not Tested Not Tested
Impatiens hawkerii (New Guinea Impatiens)         Not Tested Not Tested
†††† Harmony Raspberry Cream (FG) Salmon - some white around eye;No vigor and not much bloom all season Uniform, nice color and good bloom early; Not blooming in August and two dead plants Uniform and floriferous early, not as floriferous later
†††† Harmony White (FG) Best of the group in Fargo; uniform but small Alright early but lacking uniformity in size and not blooming in August Good bloom all season, lacked uniformity early but good later, showy
†††† Java Cherry Rose (PAS) Deep red-pink;Not uniform in size, bloomor vigor all season. Didn't have much bloom for either evaluation; not uniform in size Did alright but not as full as some others
†††† Java Orange(PAS) Salmony-orange;Small with no vigor and not much bloom all season. Most vigorous of the three 'Java' impatiens early; not much bloom or uniformity later Not as vigorous as others; only 2 of 6 plants alive
†††† Java Pearl(PAS) Small with no vigor and not much bloom all season. Only 3 of 6 plants alive at first evaluation; not much vigor and few blooms Not uniform in size or bloom early; not as vigorous as some others in August
†††† Sonic Amethyst (FG) Died Never bloomed much all season Lacked uniformity in size and bloom all season
†††† Sonic Dark Salmon (FG) Deep coral;One of the better groups early but no bloom by September and not uniform in vigor Didn't bloom much all season Not as floriferous as others
†††† Sonic Fuchsia (FG) Fuchsia;Alright early but not much bloom or uniformity in size by September Nice early with good bloom but by August not uniform in size or bloom Bright and full of flowers early; not as floriferous later
†††† Sonic Light Pink (FG) Died Alright early but lacking uniformity in size and vigor by August and not blooming well Lots of blooms early, few later but nice, healthy plants
New Guinea Impatiens (cont.) Sonic Peach (FG) Deep coral pink;Alright but not uniform in bloom or vigor Uniform with good bloom early but not much bloom by August Nice; bright and uniform early; not uniform in size or bloom by August
†††† Sonic Red (FG) Small plants and not much bloom Alright early but not much bloom in August Not many blooms early; better in August, nice plants
†††† Sonic Scarlet Blush (FG) Red-orange;Small, not uniform in size, not much bloom Not uniform in bloom early; not uniform in size later and not many blooms Good bloom early; not as full by August
†††† Sonic Sweet Cherry (FG) Red/white;Some plants died, not much bloom or vigor in others Nice color, doing well early but not much bloom in August Uniform and floriferous early, not as floriferous as others later
†††† Supersonic Lavender (FG) Dead by September Not much bloom all season Not as floriferous as others early; color dull although plants were healthy
†††† Supersonic Pastel Pink (FG) Not much bloom or vigor and some plants dead by September Uniform but not much bloom all season Good bloom and color early but not uniform in size; floriferous, healthy and nice later.
Impatiens wallerana In Fargo, some of these were in a spot that had been very weedy in previous years.They did more poorly than others in cleaner areas of the bed.The ones in Dickinson did very well in the raised beds and the Williston impatiens also did well with bottom water and natural shade.
†††† Accent Limited Edition Mix (GS) Small and not as vigorous as other impatiens   Not Tested   Not Tested
†††† Carnival Deep Pink(Da) Not much bloom early-better later; did alright most of the season Slow to bloom; doing alright by August Small early with low bloom; by August uniform, floriferous and nice
†††† Carnival Deep Rose (Da) Slow to bloom but did well by the end of the summer Also slow to bloom but doing alright by August Same as 'Carnival Deep Pink'
†††† Carnival Lavender Blue (Da) Not much bloom or vigor all season Died after transplanting--not sure why Not as vigorous as other cultivars and not as much bloom
†††† Carnival Lilac (Da) Deep fuchsia pink;Did alright but didn't have much bloom or uniformity most of the season Slow to bloom; alright in August Small early with low bloom; by August had good bloom
†††† Carnival Metallic Deep Salmon (Da) Deep salmon;Nicest at the end of the season with good bloom, vigor and uniformity This was the most vigorous impatiens in the Dickinson plots; not uniform in size, though Really nice by August with good bloom, vigor and uniformity
†††† Carnival Metallic Lilac (Da) Pink lavender;Did ok but not as uniform in vigor or size as some others Good vigor and bloom, especially by August Did well but not quite as floriferous as some other cultivars
†††† Carnival Mix (Da) Small, not uniform in vigor or bloom most of the season Not uniform in size but bloom was alright Good mix of colors but not uniform in bloom
†††† Carnival Orange (Da) Not as vigorous as some others and not uniform in size most of the season Good bloom and uniformity, especially by August evaluation By August these were very nice with good bloom, vigor and uniformity
†††† Carnival Red (Da) Small and not as much bloom as others all season Slow to bloom; lacked uniformity in size during August evaluation Nice plants early but small compared to some others; did well by August evaluation
†††† Carnival Salmon (Da) Did alright; good vigor later in the season but not as uniform in bloom as others Good bloom and uniformity by August evaluation Nice, bright plants with lots of flowers by August
†††† Carnival Scarlet (Da) Red;Small and not as vigorous as others but bloom was ok by the end of the season   Not Tested   Not Tested
†††† Carnival Violet (Da) Deep violet burgundy;Small and not much bloom all season Not much bloom or vigor all season Not as vigorous as some others all season
†††† Carnival White (Da) Did alright but lacked uniformity in size and bloom later in the season No vigor and not much bloom Did well but not quite as floriferous as some other cultivars
†††† Circus Orange White(PAS) Orange/white flowers;Not much bloom early and not uniform in size, pretty bi-colored flowers Not uniform in size and not much bloom; plants not as full or vigorous as some others Not uniform in size or bloom all season; not as floriferous as others but pretty flower color
†††† Dazzler Blue Pearl (Ball) Lavender;Not uniform in size or bloom Not uniform in size; otherwise did alright Did alright although there was one sickly plant; good bloom
†††† Dazzler Pink Improved (Ball) Pale pink;Good bloom and showy; nice bright color Not as vigorous as others but looked like irrigation missed this corner of the bed Not uniform in size; bloom not as good as some others
†††† Dazzler Star Mix (Ball) Red, pink and coral -- all with white;No vigor all season and not much bloom Not much bloom and somewhat leggy; next to 'Dazzler Pink Improved' in dry area of bed Only 3 of 6 plants survived; good bloom but not as vigorous as some others
Impatiens (cont.) Fanciful Coral (Ball) Pinkish coral; Did well all season, especially into August and September with good bloom and vigor Nice vigorous plants but not uniform in bloom Uniform, floriferous and nice show by August
†††† Fanciful Orchid Rose (Ball) Pink;Not uniform in size or vigor but good bloom Good vigor and bloom early; decline in bloom by August Was blooming better in July than August although had good vigor all season
†††† Fanciful Red (Ball) Not as floriferous as others all season Not as uniform in size as some others Nice plants all season with good bloom, vigor and uniformity
†††† Fanciful Salmon (Ball) Did alright; good vigor but not uniform in bloom although it looked good Not as much bloom as others all season Same as for 'Fanciful Red'
†††† Mosaic Lilac(GS) Alright early in the season but not much bloom or vigor by September Not Tested Not Tested
†††† Mosaic Rose (GS) Did alright, had good vigor but wasn't as floriferous as some others   Not Tested   Not Tested
†††† Showstopper Buttercream (Ball) Creamy white;Not uniform in size or vigor Nice vigorous plants but not as showy as some others with brighter colors Not as floriferous as others all season
†††† Showstopper Cotton Candy (Ball) Good bloom; pink and creamy white flowers--mix? Plants with creamy-white flowers and pink flowers; not as floriferous as others Looks good; both cream and pink flowers--is this a mix?
†††† Stardust Rose Improved(PAS) Dark rose with white center;Nice early but by the end of the season had good vigor and bloom with a bright show Did alright but wasn't as floriferous as some others Good performer all season with good bloom, vigor and uniformity
†††† Stardust Salmon(PAS) Salmon with white center;Was a good performer all season but not as showy as some others. Did alright Not as uniform or floriferous as others but nice color
†††† Stardust Violet(PAS) Deep pink with white;Not uniform in size but bloom was good. Not uniform in size or bloom Not as uniform as others but pretty flower color
†††† Sun and Shade Pink Splash (Gri) Deep pink, dark center;Did alright; good bloom by the end of the season but not uniform in size Plants were vigorous all season but bloom wasn't as good as other cultivars Did alright but not as much bloom or vigor as many other cultivars
†††† Sun and Shade Violet (Gri) Not as much vigor as others, not uniform in bloom   Not Tested   Not Tested
†††† Super Elfin Blue Pearl(PAS) Lavender; Slow to bloom with poor vigor early; by the end of the season not uniform in size or bloom Good vigor and bloom early; lacking uniformity in size later but bloom still good Good bloom all season; good uniformity and vigor in August
†††† Super Elfin Pink Deep(PAS) Pink;Did alright but lacked uniformity in bloom and size. Not uniform in size early; not as floriferous as some others later Not uniform in size all season and not as vigorous as some others
†††† Super Elfin Ruby(PAS) Deep pink-red;No vigor early and not uniform in size or bloom most of the season. Nice bloom early; did alright Did alright but not as uniform as some others
†††† Swirl Raspberry(PAS) Deep pink;Did well with good bloom and uniformity by the end of the season. Good vigor but not uniform in size; bloom ok Did alright; bright color and good bloom
†††† Victorian Rose (AAS '98) Pink, double flowers;Did alright, wasn't uniform in bloom all season but vigor was ok Lacked uniformity in size all season and bloom wasn't that great Uniform all season but not as much bloom as other cultivars
Incarvillea sinensis 'Cheron' (Pk) Creamy white trumpet shaped flowers;Did very well by August with good bloom, vigor, uniformity   Not Tested   Not Tested
Ipomoea alba (Moon Vine) (Pk) Good vigor early but no flowers, by September was being overrun by the hyacinth bean Just starting to vine in July, was very vigorous in August but no bloom Not Tested
I. batata 'Blackie' (Pk) Good vigor and nice burgundy color on leaves but there are a lot of holes (slugs?) in leaves Not uniform in spread otherwise vigorous and good, holes in leaves (insects?) Did well, nice ground cover although holes in leaves here, also
I. x imperialis 'Mt. Fuji Mix' (Pk) Good vigor but was being overtaken by hyacinth bean later in the summer   Not Tested   Not Tested
I. (mina) lobata 'Citronella' (Pk) Good vigor all season, not many flowers but still ok, being overrun by hyacinth bean One of the better annual vines, had good vigor and bloom and vined well Good vigor, climbing well and had good bloom
I. (mina) lobata 'Firecracker Vine' (Pk) Good vigor but not many blooms and was being overrun by hyacinth bean Best of the annual vines here, good bloom and vigor, vined nicely Not Tested
I. x multifida 'Cardinal Climber' (Pk) Good vigor all season but also being overrun by the hyacinth bean Good vigor all season, not blooming much by August evaluation Not doing much in July with only a few red flowers, looked good in August
Ipomoea nil 'Minibar Rose' (Pk) Nice vigorous plant but only a few flowers   Not Tested   Not Tested
I. quamoclit (Cypress Vine) 'Mix'(Pk) Couldn't find White flower, ferny foliage;Didnít bloom much all season but had nice, ferny foliage Not doing much in July and couldn't find it in August
I. quamoclit (Cypress Vine) 'Red'(Pk) Couldn't find Red flowers - ferny foliage;Not vining well in July but nice by August, not many flowers, though Not doing much early, in August had a few red flowers but still not too vigorous
Kniphofia uvaria 'Flamenco' (AAS '99) Only 2 of 12 plants blooming in July, rabbits eating?, nice flowers but not uniform in size or bloom Not blooming by July evaluation, not uniform in size or bloom all season but flowers are striking Never bloomed well and it looked like rabbits might have been eating it
Lablab purpureus (Hyacinth Bean) (Pk) Purple flowers;Very, very vigorous (too vigorous?) - overtook the vine area by September   Not Tested   Not Tested
Lagarus ovatus (Hare's Tail Grass) (Pk) Did alright but was weedy looking early, something was eating the seed heads as well Did well early with nice heads but by August the plants were mostly dead although seed heads nice Not Tested
Leonotis leonarus 'Staircase' (Pk) Orange;Very vigorous but slow to bloom (end of July), unique but not too showy   Not Tested   Not Tested
Limonium sinuatum 'Sinuata Mix' (McF) Healthy early but just starting to bloom in July, good bloom later but lots of yellow-not much mix Not Tested Not Tested
L. sinuatum 'Soiree Mix' (Pk) Nice color mix;Good bloom all season but not uniform in height   Not Tested   Not Tested
L. sinuatum 'Sunset' (Pk) Peach, yellow, cream;Not too showy but good bloom, good uniformity, vigor and bloom by September Not Tested Not Tested
Lobelia erinus                        
†††† Blue Moon (Nov) Deep blue;Not uniform in size early, not much vigor all season Not Tested Not Tested
†††† Half Moon (Nov) Light blue with white center;Best of the group all season, still not much vigor but bloom alright Not Tested Not Tested
†††† Midnight Moon (Nov) Deep blue;Did alright Not Tested Not Tested
†††† Paper Moon (Nov) White;Not uniform in size early, not uniform in vigor or bloom all season Not Tested Not Tested
†††† Rose Moon (Nov) Rose;Small and no vigor all season Not Tested Not Tested
†††† Sky Moon (Nov) Light blue;Small and no vigor all season Not Tested Not Tested
Lobularia maritima                        
†††† Easter Basket Mix (Pk) White, lavender mix;Good bloom but not uniform in size early, nice bloom and uniformity by Sept. Not Tested Not Tested
†††† Golf (Cl) Lavender, rose, white;Good bloom and fairly uniform early,also doing well in September Not Tested Not Tested
†††† Pastel Carpet (Pk) Cream, lavender, pink, white;Good bloom and fairly uniform all season Not Tested Not Tested
†††† Snow Crystals (RS) White;Not as uniform as 'Snowcloth Improved' but still nice, uniform and floriferous in September Not Tested Not Tested
†††† Snowcloth Improved (Pk) White;Very uniform, floriferous and nice all season Not Tested Not Tested
†††† Wonderland Mix (Bod) Lavender, white, rose;Floriferous early but not uniform in size, not as uniform as others in Sept. Not Tested Not Tested
Malope trifida 'Pink Queen' (Pk) Pink;Only 2 of 6 survived transplanting, slow to bloom and not uniform in size or flowering time   Not Tested   Not Tested
Malope trifida 'Vulcan' (Pk) Rosy pink;Pretty flowers but only 1 plant survived, it did well but fell over in September Not Tested Not Tested
Melampodium paludosum 'Derby' (Ben) Gold;Not uniform in size or bloom all season but looked goodby September Not Tested Not Tested
M. paludosum 'Showstar' (Ben) Gold;Nice bloom earlybut not uniform in size, uniform and floriferous by September Not Tested Not Tested
Mirabilis jalapa 'Broken Colors Mix' (Pk) Not uniform in height or bloom early, nice bushy plants by end of season Not Tested Not Tested
Monarda x hybrida 'Lambada' (Pk) Lavender;Slow to bloom but healthy all season, by September it was a nice, uniform mass of lavender Not Tested Not Tested
Nicotiana alata 'Havana Appleblossom' (Da) Overtaken by potato beetles and had no vigor and not much bloom all season Not Tested Not Tested
N. alata 'Saratoga Red' (GS) Same as for 'Havana Appleblossom' Not Tested Not Tested
N. alata 'Saratoga Rose' (GS) Same as for 'Havana Appleblossom' Not Tested Not Tested
N. alata 'Saratoga White'(GS) Same as for 'Havana Appleblossom' Not Tested Not Tested
N. x sanderae 'Avalon Bright Pink' (AAS '01) Same as for 'Havana Appleblossom' Pale pink with dark pink back;Bloom was good all season but plants weren't uniform in size Not Tested
N. x sanderae 'Domino Mix' (Pk) Same as for 'Havana Appleblossom' Not Tested Not Tested
N. sylvestris (Pk) White;Potato beetles didn't bother this nicotiana, interesting with its big leaves and tall flowers   Not Tested   Not Tested
Nierembergia hippomanica 'Purple Robe' (Pk) Purple;Nice purple mound, floriferous and uniform all season   Not Tested   Not Tested
Ocimum basilicum 'Magical Michael'(PAS) Lacked uniformity in size all season but vigor was good. Did well early but was being overrun by tomatoes by the second evaluation in July Died after transplanting
Osteospermum 'Passion Mix' (AAS '99) Lavender, white, rose;Nice, healthy plants but lacked uniformity in bloom time Not uniform in size or bloom all season, decline in bloom by August evaluation Uniform in size early but just starting to bloom,good vigor in August but not uniform in bloom
Pelargonium x hortorum -- Zonal geraniums                  
†††† Black Magic Rose (AAS '02) Rose with chocolate brown leaves;One of the better performers, good bloom, vigor, uniformity One of the most vigorous geraniums in Dickinson, very nice by August with good bloom, uniformity Most vigorous of the group, good bloom and vigor all season, nice
†††† Brasil 99 (FG) Bright, deep pink;Uniform, bright color but not as floriferous as some others Very bright color! Uniform early--better bloom by August Nice, bright color; uniform in size
†††† Bravo (FG) Uniform, floriferous, pretty color, nice plants Very nice in August-uniform with good bloom and color Pretty flower, floriferous and uniform early; not as uniform later but ok bloom
†††† Charleston 2000 (FG) Bright,coral-salmon;Uniform, floriferous, healthy, nice Another bright color, the plants were doing well by August with good bloom and uniformity Did alright all season
†††† Charmant (FG) Coral-pink;Uniform but not as floriferous as some others with star ratings Good vigor, bloom and uniformity in August Not as full or vigorous as other cultivars
†††† Diabolo (FG) Red;Uniform, floriferous, nice color These weren't as vigorous as others and not as uniform in bloom Similar to Rocky Mountain Red; did alright
Exotica Series:                  
††††††† Appleblossom (FG) Pink, double flowers;Did alright but lacked uniformity in size and bloom by September Uniform all season, bloom better in August Did alright all season
††††††† Happy Orange (FG) Reddish-orange;Not as vigorous as 'Happy Violet' but did alright Uniform, good bloom, nicest in August Uniform, bright early; not as uniform or floriferous later
Geranium-Exotica(cont.) Happy Violet (FG) Bright, hot pink;Did well all season with good uniformity, bloom and vigor Uniform, bright, good bloom all season Not as uniform in bloom as some others but uniform in size, especially later
††††††† Tricolor (FG) Pale pink;Not as much bloom or vigor as other cultivars Many comments on unique color foliage from visitors but not as vigorous or floriferous as other cultivars Nicer here than in Dickinson, more blooms
††††††† White Glitter (FG) White with pink splotches;Did well although the color wasn't as showy as others Doing well early but better bloom and uniformity by August Uniform in size all season, color not as showy as others but good bloom
†††† Maverick Coral (GS) Deep coral;Uniform and floriferous in July, still looking good in September Not Tested Not Tested
†††† Maverick Light Salmon (GS) Pale pink;Nice early with good bloom, still showy in September with good uniformity and bloom Not Tested Not Tested
†††† Maverick Pink (GS) Dark pink;Uniform early but not blooming as well as others, by September ok but not uniform in size Not Tested Not Tested
†††† Maverick Red (GS) Red;Not as floriferous as others in July but doing well in September with a good show of color Not Tested Not Tested
†††† Maverick Salmon (GS) Coral pink;Plants a little smaller than others, not uniform in size but bloom was alright   Not Tested   Not Tested
†††† Maverick Scarlet (GS) Red;Not blooming as well as others in July, not uniform in vigor-one dying plant Not Tested Not Tested
†††† Maverick Star (GS) Pink with white;Did well early but not as floriferousas others,not uniform in size or bloom this year Not Tested Not Tested
†††† Maverick Violet (GS) Deep red fuchsia;Uniform early but not as vigorous or floriferous as others later Not Tested Not Tested
†††† Maverick White (GS) Uniform early, looked good;uniform, vigorous and very nice later in the season Not Tested Not Tested
†††† Multibloom Capri (GS) Deep salmon pink;Not as vigorous as some others but good bloom on small plants Not Tested Not Tested
†††† Orbit Mix (GS) Mix of colors; Nice color mix, floriferous early, not uniform in size or bloom later in the season Not Tested Not Tested
†††† Rocky Mountain Red (FG) Bright red; More showy early in the season with good uniformity and bloom; nice big flowers later, too Did alright early, not as uniform in bloom as some others Plants not as full as others
†††† Samba (FG) Bright red;Huge blooms all summer, did well although plants were a bit smaller than other cultivars This was probably the least vigorous of all the Fischer geraniums in Dickinson Showy flowers all season
†††† Schoene Helena (FG) Coral-pink;Uniform, healthy, floriferous most of the season; color not as showy as some others Did alright but was not as uniform in size as some others, bloom good in August Full, showy, uniform and nice by August
†††† Stardust Mix (Pk) Mix of colors; Not as floriferous as 'Orbit Mix', not uniform in size, bloom or vigor   Not Tested   Not Tested
†††† Tango (FG) Bright red; Did alright, more showy later in the season Did alright but not as uniform in size or bloom as some other better performers Smaller plants with big blossoms
†††† Tango Neon Purple (FG) Bright, deep pink;Good bloom all season and very bright flowers Bright color!Had better bloom and uniformity in August than July Uniform, showy and bright by August
†††† Tango White (FG) Didn't seem to have as much vigor as other cultivars Not uniform in size or bloom compared to others Did alright but a little less vigorous than others
Pelargonium peltatum -- Ivy Geraniums                  
†††† Cascades                        
††††††††† Bright Cascade (FG) Vigorous and healthy all season Not as vigorous as Salmon Compact Cascade but still did alright Did alright
††††††††† Salmon Compact Cascade (FG) Did well all season although bloom wasn't as good later in the summer Top performer all season with good bloom and vigor Good bloom all summer, a little bit nicer earlier in the season
Ivy Geraniums (cont.) Lambada (FG) Bright, deep pink;Not as vigorous as Mexicana but still did well Good bloom early, was a little chlorotic in August Did alright all season
†††† Mexicana (FG) Hot pink flowers with white;Nice ground cover, very vigorous and floriferous all season Not much bloom early, better in August Not as uniform as some others
Pennisetum setaceum (Fountain Grass) (Pk) Did well all season Nice and showy all season Nice and showy here as well
Pentas lanceolata                        
†††† Butterfly Blush (Ball) Not uniform in size or bloom early; by late August had good vigor and bloom Slow to bloom but by August was uniform, showy and nice Not blooming early but best of the Pentas by August; pretty flowers
†† Butterfly Cherry Red (Ball) Best of group early; good vigor later but not uniform in bloom Not as uniform as 'Butterfly Blush' but had good bloom Not much bloom or vigor all season
††† Butterfly Lavender Light(Ball) Uniform but with few blooms early; not uniform in size or bloom later but nice plants Not tested here - good germination but plants struggled in greenhouse and many died Not tested here--good germination of seed but plants struggled in greenhouse and many died
††† Butterfly Red(Ball) No vigor early with few blooms; least vigorous of the group overall Lost to late frost after planting Same as for 'Butterfly Lavender Light'
††† New Look Pink (Ben) Did better than the pentas have done in the past but not uniform in size or bloom all season Did better than usual; small plants with good bloom in July; good vigor and bloom in August No vigor and not much bloom all season
Petunia hybrida The petunias did well at all three locations.The hedgiflora types were especially vigorous.In some cases neighboring flowers were overtaken completely.The 'Wave' series also did well as did some other spreading types.
Floribunda class                        
†††† Celebrity Chiffon Morn (AAS '95) Not as uniform or floriferous as some others in July, did alright in late August and September Not Tested Not Tested
†††† Double Madness Pink(Ball) Hot pink, double flowers;Pretty flowers, uniform early; did well all season Not blooming early but nice and showy by August Lots of blooms all season; not uniform in height early; better uniformity in August--nice show
†††† Double Madness Pink Satin(Ball) Pale coral pink;Doing well early with good bloom; got a little leggy by the end of the season Plants healthy and vigorous early but not much bloom; very showy and nice by August Same as for 'Double Madness Pink'
†††† Double Madness Sheer Improved(Ball) Similar to previous two but larger leaves and plants look fuller; good bloom and vigor by August Same as for previous Not as floriferous or vigorous as others early but very nice by August
†††† Madness Magenta(Ball) Deep lavender magenta;Nice all season with good bloom Slow to bloom but by August was showy and nice Nicer early with good bloom and uniformity; one plant declining in August
Grandiflora class                  
†††† Candypops Summertime (Gri) Pink with dark veins;Did alright; good bloom by the end of the season but not uniform in size Plants were vigorous all season but bloom wasn't as good as other cultivars Did alright but not as much bloom or vigor as many other cultivars
†††† Double Cascade Mix(PAS) Pretty double flowers but was a bit leggy all season and didn't bloom as well as others. A little more leggy than others; slow to bloom but nice, big flowers Not as floriferous as others early; got a little leggy by August
†††† Double Cascade Orchid Mix(PAS) Lavender to lavender with white, soft pink;Bloom was better by August, pretty flower Not Tested Not Tested
†††† Double Cascade Plum Vein (Pk) Pretty double flower but no vigorand not as many blooms compared to others Not Tested Not Tested
†††† Double Cascade Soft Pink(PAS) Leggier than others all season and bloom wasn't as good Not Tested Not Tested
†††† Dreams Mix - Waterfall(PAS) White, lavender;Good bloom but not uniform early, being overrun by 'Tidal Wave Silver' in August Not Tested Not Tested
†††† Dreams Mix - Wild Rose(PAS) Good bloom all season but not uniform in size early, better uniformity at the end of the season Not blooming for first evaluation; being overrun by 'Tidal Wave' petunias by August so hard to evaluate Did well all season
†††† Lavender Storm (GS) Lavender;Not as vigorous as 'White Storm' early but by late August was floriferous, vigorous, nice Not Tested Not Tested
Petunia (cont.) Pink Morn Storm (GS) Nice, but not as floriferous as other 'Storms' this year and not as nice as in previous years Not Tested Not Tested
†††† Pink Storm (GS) Pink;Not as much vigor as in the past but bloom was good Not Tested Not Tested
†††† Prism Sunshine (AAS '98) Pale yellow;Leggier and not as full as others all season Small with no bloom in July, by August had good bloom and uniformity, nice plants Good bloom all season, a little leggy in July but looked good
†††† Salmon Storm (GS) Dark salmon;Lacked uniformity in size all season, good bloom by August Not Tested Not Tested
†††† Ultra Limited Edition Mix (GS) Good color mix but not uniform in size all season, good bloom Not Tested Not Tested
†††† White Storm (GS) Nice mass of white all season Not Tested Not Tested
Hedgiflora class   Not Tested Not Tested
†††† Tidal Wave Cherry(Ball) Vigorous, floriferous and showy all season Good bloom, vigor and uniformity all season Nice show all season with good bloom, vigor and uniformity
†††† Tidal Wave Hot Pink(Ball) Bright mass of pink; nice all season Not as floriferous as 'Tidal Wave Cherry' early but by August was very showy and nice Same as for 'Tidal Wave Cherry'
†††† Tidal Wave Silver(PAS, AAS '02) Did well all season with good bloom and vigor. Vigorous early but not many blooms; by August though it was very floriferous and nice Top performer all season with good bloom and vigor
Milliflora class                  
†††† Fantasy Carmine (GS) Deep magenta pink;Nice bright color but not uniform in size early, not as floriferous as others Not Tested Not Tested
†††† Fantasy Crystal Light Salmon (GS) Lighter coral red with dark veins;Not uniform in size or bloom early, decrease in bloom by August Not Tested Not Tested
†††† Fantasy Crystal Red (GS) Deep coral red with dark veins;Not uniform in size all season but good bloom Not Tested Not Tested
†††† Fantasy Ivory (GS) Yellow white;Not as uniform, vigorous or floriferous as others early, doing alright by August Not Tested Not Tested
†††† Fantasy Pink (GS) Bright deep pink;Not uniform in size or bloom early, good bloom later but one sickly plant Not Tested Not Tested
†††† Fantasy Pink Morn (GS, AAS '96) Most vigorous and floriferous of the group in July,still nice in August but one sickly plant Not Tested Not Tested
†††† Fantasy Red (GS) Not as full or floriferous as other 'Fantasy' petunias all season Not Tested Not Tested
†††† Fantasy Salmon (GS) Not as floriferous as others early in the season, doing alright by August Not Tested Not Tested
Multiflora class   Not Tested Not Tested
†††† PrimeTime Blue (GS) Good bloom early but not uniform in size,leggy by August and bloom not as good Not Tested Not Tested
†††† PrimeTime Crystal Mix (GS) Pink, lavender, coral with dark veins;Not uniform in size or bloom, not as floriferous as others Not Tested Not Tested
†††† PrimeTime Fiesta Mix (GS) White, blue, hot pink;Not as vigorous or full as others early, good bloom by August Not Tested Not Tested
†††† PrimeTime Lavender (GS) Good bloom early but not uniform in size, floriferous, vigorous and nice by August Not Tested Not Tested
†††† PrimeTime Light Blue (GS) Good bloom early but not uniform in size,floriferous by August but not as vigorous as others Not Tested Not Tested
Petunia (cont.) PrimeTime Pink (GS) Bright, deep pink;Good bloom and uniformity early, still nice in August Not Tested Not Tested
†††† PrimeTime Pink Morn (GS) Dark pink fading to white center;Nice early with good bloom and uniformity, sickly plants by Aug. Not Tested Not Tested
†††† PrimeTime Rose (GS) Deep bright pink;Nice mound of color early, still bright and floriferous into August Not Tested Not Tested
†††† PrimeTime Scarlet (GS) Not as vigorous or floriferous as some others in July but uniform, doing well into August Not Tested Not Tested
†††† PrimeTime Twilight Mix (GS) Blue, pink, coral; Nice color mix but blues more vigorous, full and nice into August Not Tested Not Tested
Prostrate or spreading class   Not Tested Not Tested
†††† Avalanche Red (Pk) One of the poorer spreading petunias, no vigor and not much bloom all season Not Tested Not Tested
†††† Avalanche Salmon (Pk) Light coral pink;Not uniform in bloom or size early, not as vigorous or floriferous as others by August Not Tested Not Tested
†††† Giant Purple Surfinia(BCG) Blooming well early; later in the summer had very good bloom, vigor and uniformity Did well all season but not as vigorous or floriferous as 'Lime Surfinia' Not uniform in size early; by August it was a vigorous ground cover with good bloom.
†††† Lavender Wave(PAS, AAS '02) Not uniform in size or bloom early; by later in the season was very nice with good bloom and vigor. Top performer all season with good vigor, bloom and uniformity Not as floriferous as others early but very nice by August
†††† Lime Surfinia(BCG) Lacking uniformity in size and bloom early; doing better later but being a bit overrun by 'Giant Purple Surfinia' Really nice all season with good vigor and bloom Similar to 'Giant Purple Surfinia'--turned into a nice ground cover by August with good vigor and bloom
†††† Misty Lilac Wave(PAS) Not as vigorous early but really nice later with good bloom and vigor. I like the big flowers. Vigorous, floriferous and nice all season Good bloom, vigor and show all season
†††† Pink Wave(PAS) Uniform, floriferous and nice early; doing alright later but had some yellowing foliage Not as vigorous as others early; by August very floriferous and vigorous--nice Good bloom, vigor and show all season
†††† Pink Wave Experimental 99wp5(PAS) Not as vigorous or floriferous as other 'Waves' Not as much bloom as others early but by August just as vigorous and floriferous as other 'Waves' Not as vigorous as others early but nice by August
†††† Purple Wave(PAS, AAS '95) Did very well all season as it usually does.Good bloom, vigor and uniformity. Outstanding all season--can't say enough good things about how this one does Not blooming as well as others early but very nice by August evaluation
†††† Rambling Burgundy Chrome (GS) Deep burgundy magenta;Not uniform in size or bloom early, by August was nice with good bloom Not Tested Not Tested
†††† Rambling Shades O' Pink (GS) Deep pink;Good bloom and uniformity early, by Augustwas nice with good bloom and vigor Not Tested Not Tested
†††† Rose Wave(PAS) Did well but wasn't as floriferous as others. Another top performer all season Bright, good bloom all season--nice
†††† Trailing Purple (Gri) Did better earlier in the season with good bloom and vigor; still vigorous later but not as much bloom Good vigor, bloom and show all season Good bloom, vigor and uniformity all season
†††† Trailing Red (Gri) One of the poorer spreading cultivars; was not as vigorous or floriferous as most others Not as vigorous as the other 'Wave' types but blooming well Slow to become established but by August was putting on a good show
Phaseolus coccineus (Scarlet Runner Bean) 'Scarlet Emperor' (Pk) Red-orange flowers;Good vigor all season, vined well and had good bloom Not blooming by July evaluation but by August was vigorous and floriferous - nice Not Tested
Phlox cuspidata 'Crystal Mix' (Da) No vigor all season and not much bloom Not much vigor and few blooms all season Nicest here of the three locations; good bloom and vigor by August
P. drummondii '21st Century Patriot Mix'(Ball) Not much vigor or bloom all season Not uniform in size; slow to bloom but doing alright by August Did the best here of all three locations; lacked uniformity but had good bloom and was showy
P. drummondii 'Diamond Mix' (Da) No vigor all season and not much bloom Not much vigor and few blooms all season This was being overrun by 'Misty Lilac Wave' petunia in August and was hard to evaluate but looked good
Portulaca grandiflora 'Margarita Rosita' (AAS '01) Rosy-pink;Uniform early with good bloom and vigor, by August had declined in vigor and bloom Not much bloom in July, doing alright by August Small and not much bloom in July, not uniform in vigor in August with a few sickly plants
P. grandiflora 'Sundial Peach' (AAS '99) Coral-salmon;Same as 'Margarita Rosita' Not uniform in spread early and not many blooms, by August bloom better but plants 'wilty' Not too much vigor early, did better in Fargo
Rudbeckia hirta 'Cherokee Sunset' (AAS '02) Orange, gold with bronze shading;Good bloom, good vigor and pretty flowers Not blooming in July, by August had good bloom but not uniform in size Not uniform in size or bloom early, by August had a nice mix of colors but still not uniform in size
R. hirta 'Indian Summer' (AAS '95) Just starting to bloom in July, did well but not as vigorous as in past years Not Tested Not Tested
R. hirta 'Sonora' (Ben) Pretty flowers, uniform in size but not vigor Not Tested Not Tested
Salvia coccinea 'Snow Nymph' (Pk) White;Just starting to bloom in July, was vigorous and nice by late August Not Tested Not Tested
S. farinacea 'Cirrus' (Pk) White-gray;Good bloom early but not uniform in bloom, better bloom and uniformity by August Not Tested Not Tested
S. farinacea 'Reference' (Ben) Not uniform in size all season but had good bloom by August Not Tested Not Tested
S. splendens 'Firecracker Red' (Gri) No bloom or vigor in July, not much better in August Not Tested Not Tested
S. splendens 'Salsa' Series (GS) Mix of colors;These did poorly this year with little vigor or bloom all season Not Tested Not Tested
S. splendens 'Vista Mix' (PAS) One of the more vigorous groups; better bloom later in the summer; not uniform in size No vigor early with few blooms; good bloom by August but not uniform in size Small and no vigor; not much bloom
S. splendens 'Vista Red' (PAS) Another of the more vigorous groups; bloom good but not uniform in size Similar to 'Vista Mix' Small plants all season; not much bloom
Sanvitalia speciosa 'Aztec Gold' (Ben) Nice plants with good bloom all season Lots of unopened flowers when evaluated in July (due to cool, cloudy weather?); nice little plants in August Nice little plants all season; not uniform in size by August but still looked good
Scabiosa atropurpurea 'QIS Scarlet' (Pk) Deep red;Good bloom all summer, dead flower heads also attractive, good vigor Not Tested Not Tested
S. atropurpurea 'Sweet Scabious Mix' (Pk) Lavender, burgundy, white;More vigor and blooms than 'QIS Scarlet', nice Not Tested Not Tested
Senecio cineraria 'Cirrus' (Pk) Silvery foliage with rounded edges;Did alright all season Not Tested Not Tested
S. cineraria 'Silverdust' (Pk) Silvery foliage that was finely divided;Did alright but lacked uniformity in size Not Tested Not Tested
Solanum sp. (Easter Egg Plant) (Pk) Purple flowers;Looks like eggplant, lots of 'eggs' but not too showy, had Colorado potato beetles Not Tested Not Tested
Stipa tenuissima 'Angel Hair' (Pk) Did well all season including after a hard frost Did well all season with good vigor and uniformity Nice plants here but not uniform in size, also noticed volunteers coming up from last year
Tagetes erecta(African marigold)                        
†††† American Indian Yellow (Gri) Full and uniform early, by August still nice but not as uniform as 'Discovery Yellow' Not Tested Not Tested
†††† Antigua Gold (GS) Uniform, vigorous, floriferous and nice all season Not Tested Not Tested
†††† Antigua Orange (GS) Very nice early with good vigor and bloom, by August still nice but not as uniform in bloom Not Tested Not Tested
†††† Antigua Primrose (GS) Not as full or uniform as others were in July, by August good bloom but still not as uniform in size Not Tested Not Tested
†††† Antigua Yellow (GS) Not as uniform or full as some others early,dead heads detracted from appearance by August Not Tested Not Tested
African Marigold (cont.) Discovery Orange (Bod) Uniform, floriferous and vigorous in July, still doing well in August Not Tested Not Tested
†††† Discovery Yellow (Bod) Nice but not as full or uniform as some others, by August very nice with good bloom and vigor Not Tested Not Tested
†††† Inca Gold (GS) Uniform early with good bloom and vigor, not quite as floriferous in August Not Tested Not Tested
†††† Inca Orange (GS) Uniform, vigorous, floriferous and nice all season Not Tested Not Tested
†††† Inca II Yellow (GS) Floriferous, vigorous and nice in July, dead heads detracted from appearance in August Not Tested Not Tested
†††† Perfection Orange (GS) Uniform, vigorous, floriferous and nice all season Not Tested Not Tested
†††† Perfection Yellow (GS) Good uniformity early but not as floriferous as some others, nice in August but one plant splitting Not Tested Not Tested
Tagetes patula (French marigold)         Not Tested Not Tested
†††† Aurora Mix (GS) One large plant, otherwise good bloom and show Not Tested Not Tested
†††† Bonanza Bolero (AAS '99) Nice mass of color early with good vigor and uniformity, still nice in August Doing well in July but Aster Yellows had shownup by August, not uniform in size Did alright in July but nicer in August with good bloom and uniformity
†††† Bonanza Gold(PAS) Good bloom all season but not uniform in size Uniform, good vigor and bloom, healthy Floriferous, showy and nice by August
†††† Bonanza Mix(PAS) Good bloom all season but not uniform in size Not as floriferous as 'Bonanza Gold', not uniform in vigor--one declining plant Did alright but wasn't as uniform or vigorous as other 'Bonanza' marigolds
†††† Bonanza Orange(PAS) Good uniformity and bloom all season Lost this one to a late frost shortly after planting By August this was floriferous, uniform and vigorous; very showy
†††† Hero Yellow (Bod) Not uniform in size or vigor all season, some Aster Yellows in August Not Tested Not Tested
†††† Janie Gold (WG) Not as uniform or floriferous as others in July, not uniform in August and Aster Yellows present Not Tested Not Tested
†††† Janie Mix (WG) Not uniformin size all season, Aster Yellows in August Not Tested Not Tested
†††† Safari Yellow (Bod) Nice plants but more dead heads than others in July, by August were healthy, floriferous and nice Not Tested Not Tested
†††† Troubadour Yellow (WG) Not uniform in size or bloom in July, good bloom in August but Aster Yellows present Not Tested Not Tested
T. tenuifolia 'Luna Lemon Yellow' (Da) Good bloom early but not uniform in size, still good bloom in August but Aster Yellows present Not Tested Not Tested
T. tenuifolia 'Starfire Mix' (Pk) Not uniform in size or bloom in July, some dying in August (Aster Yellows?) but good bloom Not Tested Not Tested
Tanacetum ptarmiciflorum 'Silver Feather' (Pk) Silver gray foliage - finely divided;Uniform all season, vigorous, nice Not Tested Not Tested
Thunbergia alata (Black-eyed Susan Vine) (Pk) Gold flowers with brown centers;Very vigorous all season, good bloom also Not Tested Not Tested
Thymophylla tenuiloba (Dahlberg Daisy) (Pk) Yellow;Nice little masses of yellow in July, by August still nice although one plant had died Not Tested Not Tested
Tithonia rotundifolia 'Fiesta del Sol' (AAS '00) Orange;Not uniform in size or bloom in July, some plants just starting to bloom, alright in August Uniform in July but not blooming much, by August was floriferous, uniform and healthy - nice Small and not blooming in July, not uniform in size or bloom by August
Trachelium caeruleum                        
†††† Devotion Blue(PAS) Purple;Small but uniform early; slow to bloom but nice flowers; short bloom time Nice plants but short bloom season--not blooming for first evaluation and past prime by August Good bloom with pretty flower; not uniform in size;best of the three Trachelium here
†††† Devotion Purple(PAS) I like the purple coloration in the stems; pretty flowers but short bloom time Same as for 'Devotion Blue' Slow to bloom and not as many blooms as 'Devotion Blue'
†††† Devotion White(PAS) Smallest plants of the three; lots of flowers but past peak by early September Most vigorous of the group; otherwise same problem as previous two with short bloom time Not as floriferous as 'Devotion Blue'; not uniform in height
†††† Passion in Violet (Da) Lavender;Small but uniform early; short bloom time but pretty flowers Low germination--didn't test here Low germination -- didn't test here
Tropaeolum majus (Nasturtium)                        
†††† Alaska (Pk) Variegated foliage, not as uniform as others in July, nice in August but some bug damage Not Tested Not Tested
†††† Empress of India (Pk) Red, orange flowers - green-purple leaves;Not as floriferous as othersalthough vigor was good Not Tested Not Tested
†††† Jewel of Africa (Pk) Orange, yellow, gold - variegated foliage;Good bloom in July,a bit more leggy than others Not Tested Not Tested
†††† Moonlight (Pk) Very nice early with good bloom and vigor, still nice in August Not Tested Not Tested
†††† Whirlybird Mix (Pk) Floriferous and vigorous early, still nice in August Not Tested Not Tested
Verbena x hybrida                        
†††† Crystal Ball Mix(PAS) Nice mix of colors but not as full as others in July, bloom had declined some by August Not Tested Not Tested
†††† Novalis Deep Blue/White Eye (Ben) Deep purple-white eye;Floriferous, uniform and vigorous in July, still vigorous in August but bloom declined Not Tested Not Tested
†††† Quartz Blue(PAS) Lavender blue;Did well all season; by late August and September it was one of the better bloomers Did alright but not much bloom by August Nicest verbena here all season; good bloom into August
††† Quartz Burgundy (AAS '99) Wine red;Not as full as others in July, not as much bloom as others in August Not uniform in bloom or size early, pretty color, by August had the best bloom of the verbenas here Not uniform in size or bloom in July, did alright by August
††† Quartz Formula Mix(PAS) Uniform; good vigor; did alright all season Not uniform in size or bloom; good color mix Slow to bloom; nice bloom later but not uniform in size
†††† Quartz Red Eye(PAS) Red with white eye;Good bloom, vigor and uniformity early; past peak bloom by second evaluation Decline in bloom by August Slow to bloom but had nice bloom during August evaluation
†††† Quartz Scarlet(PAS) Nice mass of red color early in the season; not as good of bloom later but plants nice Least vigorous of the verbena in Dickinson plots Good bloom with nice red flowers; not uniform in size early
†††† Quartz Waterfall Mix(PAS) Light and dark blue;Good bloom and uniformity early; one of the better blooming ones by late August Not uniform in bloom; decline in bloom by August Slow to bloom; not uniform in size or bloom during August evaluation
†††† Salmon Tapien (BCG) Dark, coral pink;Nice early with good bloom and vigor. By Sept. it was nice but overrun by 'Imagination' Had good vigor but bloom wasn't very good Slow to get going but by August it had turned into a nice ground cover
†††† White Temari (BCG) Doing well early; later in the summer bloom had declined some but it was still vigorous. Never had much vigor and not many blooms Lacking in vigor all season
Verbena x speciosa (tenuisecta) 'Imagination' (AAS '93) Purple;Good vigor all season but bloom was better in July, had declined by late August Not Tested Not Tested
Viola wittrockiana 'Ultimo Morpho' (AAS '02) Rabbits ate this in Fargo Blue and yellow;Very nice in July with good bloom, vigor and uniformity, still nice in August Nice all season with good bloom, vigor, and uniformity;pretty flowers
Wahlenbergia undulata 'Melton Bluebird'(Pk) Pale blue, dainty flowers;Only three plants of six survived to July and only one of those to August Not Tested Not Tested
Xeranthemum annuum (Immortelle)(Pk) Lavender;Gray-green foliage, nice bloom and uniformity in July,decline in vigor by end of August Not Tested Not Tested
Zinnia angustifolia 'Crystal White' (AAS '97) Creamy white;Good bloom and vigor all season but not uniform in size Uniform in size and bloom in July, still good bloom in August but not uniform in height Not uniform in size in July, not blooming as well as it could be in August
Z. angustifolia 'Star Bright Mix'(Pk) Orange, white;Not uniform in size all season but good bloom Not Tested Not Tested
Zinnia elegans                        
†††† Benary's Giant Mix (Ben) Just starting to bloom in July, uniform, vigorous and nice by end of August Not Tested Not Tested
†††† Blue Point Formula Mix (Ben) Just coming into bloom nicely in July, still doing well into August Not Tested Not Tested
†††† Candy Stripe (Pk) Creamy, yellow with red splotches;Better vigor than last year but color dull Not Tested Not Tested
†††† Park's Picks Mix (Pk) Nice color mix;Just starting to bloom well by July evaluation, dead heads detracted some in August Not Tested Not Tested
†††† Peter Pan Mix (GS) Good bloom early but not uniform in size,good bloom in August also but dead heads detracted Not Tested Not Tested
†††† Short Stuff Mix(GS) More uniform than some others and good bloom Not Tested Not Tested
Zinnia hybrids                        
†††† Profusion Cherry (AAS '99) One really big plant, bloom good all season Most vigorous of the 'Profusions' in July, good uniformity in August and bloom good Not much vigor or bloom early, did better in Fargo and Dickinson
†††† Profusion Orange (AAS '99) Good bloom and vigorous all season, looked especially nice at the end of August Lacked uniformity in size early but best bloom of 'Profusions' in July,nice mass of orange in August Same as 'Profusion Cherry'
†††† Profusion White (AAS '01) Not as floriferous as other 'Profusions' in July, by August bloom was good but not uniform in size Least vigorous of 'Profusions' in July, variable in size in August but good bloom Did alright but wasn't as vigorous as other two 'Profusions' here