2013 "Top Performer" Perennial

Anemone hupehensis ‘Pretty Lady Emily’ PP# 22303 (Pretty Lady Emily Windflower) -from Blooms of Bressingham

This Anemone had great flower power late in the season. Judges stated that the double light pink flowers were unique and that the plants were an amazing flowering machine. Foliage is a dark green and was healthy all season long. Bred by Yoshihiro Kanazawa. Planted in 2011.

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Anemone hupehensis ‘Pretty Lady Diana’ PP #22,332 (Pretty Lady Diana Windflower) - from Blooms of Bressingham

Plants continued to be solid performers. Plants produced lots of deep pink blooms in August until early October. Pretty Lady Diana Windflower plants were healthy and vigorous. Judges mentioned that the plants would not take up a lot of space and would be great for a small garden or in a mix border. Bred by Yoshihiro Kanazawa. Planted in 2011.

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Baptisia Decadence® ‘Lemon Meringue’ PPAF, (Lemon Meringue False Indigo) - from Walter’s Gardens/ Proven Winners

Judges stated that Lemon Meringue False Indigo continues to amaze in the 2013 growing season. They also mentioned that the blooms have a clear crisp yellow flower color. Plants were vigorous and strong. Even though blooms were brief the plants had an open airy habit and nice foliage to enjoy the rest of the season. Planted in 2011.

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Geranium ‘Eureka Blue’ PP #22,270 (Eureka Blue Cranesbill) - from Blooms of Bressingham

Eureka Blue Cranesbill continues to impress with their extreme color impact with their bright violet blooms. Judges mentioned that this plant would be a great landscape variety because it looks good even when not in bloom. Plants had healthy foliage all season long. Bred by Brian Kabbes. Planted in 2011.

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Hibiscus Summerific® ‘Cranberry Crush’ PP #21,984 (Cranberry Crush Rose Mallow) - from Walter’s Gardens/ Proven Winners

Judges stated that Cranberry Crush Rose Mallow continues to be a fantastic grower with their dark red blooms and dark glossy foliage. The leaves were deeply lobed and had an attractive dark red hue that matured into dark green. Judges noted that these plants gave the garden a dramatic tropical effect and would be great for late summer color in the back of a border. Bred by Clarence H. Falstad. Planted in 2011.

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Penstemon schmidel ‘Blue Riding Hood’ PP# 23066 (Riding Hood™ Blue Beardtongue) -from Pacific Plug and Liner

Judges stated that Blue Riding Hood Beardtongue plants are strong with a good blue flower color. Plants put on a great flower show in June. Plant growth habit was uniform and compact. The foliage was a glossy and medium green in color. Bred by Remy Lubbe. Planted in 2011.

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Phlox glaberrima ssp. triflora ‘Triple Play’ PP# 21329 (Triple Play Smooth Phlox) -Creek Hill Nursery & Eason Horticultural Resources

Judges stated that Triple Play Smooth Phlox serves several functions. The plant’s blooms were pink and complemented the variegated white and green foliage. Even when there are no blooms this variegated ground cover gives interest to the garden all season long. Janet Sacks and Martin Schafer. Planted in 2011.

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Nepeta ‘Novanepjun’ PP #23,074 (Junior Walker TM Catmint) - from Star Roses and Plants/ The Conard-Pyle Co.

Junior Walker Catmint continued to perform nicely. Vigorous plants were very floriferous with bright lavender flowers. Plants continued to be a great intermediate size at the size of 18 inches in height and 28 inches in width. Plants filled in the space quickly making a great ground cover. Bred by Michael S. Dobres. Planted in 2011.

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Salvia nemorosa ‘Balyriclu' PP# 22919(Lyrical Blues Meadow Sage) –from Darwin Perennials

Lyrical Blues Meadow Sage had great flower power with its purple blooms. Judges stated that the plant’s uniformity and clean foliage made the plants enjoyable even when not in bloom. They also mentioned that the blooms are attractive as they age and flower stems keep their color for a long time. Bred by Lynne Knosher. Planted in 2011.

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