University of Illinois Extension

Standing Ovation

At the end of every great performance, the audience often shows its appreciation with a standing ovation. The same is true with flowers. At the end of the season, there are always some varieties that have stood out all season and deserve to get a “curtain call.” Those varieties that have excelled in all categories of evaluation are featured. These may be ones that you might want to include in your must plant list for next season. The varieties were chosen in September.

Begonia, Whopper Rose Bronze Leaf

Petunia 'Ramblin Burgundy Chrome (imp)'

Verbena 'Fuego Denim Blue'

Portulaca, Happy Hour Peppermint

Salvia, Wendy's Wish