The Colorado State University has released a list of flowers straight from their Annual Flower Trial Garden.
The garden, which spans nearly three acres on the east side of the Fort Collins campus, is a Northern Colorado showpiece with a focused research and outreach purpose. Each year, the Annual Flower Trial Garden tests and analyzes the performance of more than 1,000 varieties of annual bedding plants in Colorado’s harsh growing conditions. Dozens of expert evaluators rate the plants for vigor, growth pattern, bloom and other characteristics. The trial results help home gardeners identify annual bedding plants that are most likely to succeed.
Gardening Season 2023
“The Annual Flower Trial Garden is a vital training ground for CSU horticulture students and is a part of a network of trial gardens at land-grant universities nationwide,” said Jim Klett, coordinator and Emeritus Professor in CSU’s Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture. “It’s the largest garden of its kind west of the Mississippi River.”
Winners from the 2022 evaluation are now available at area nurseries and garden centers for the 2023 home gardening season. For more detailed descriptions and photographs, visit the Flower Trial Garden website.