Terra Nova Nurseries Receives Flower Trial Awards
Terra Nova Nurseries today announced its Begonia T REX ‘Ruby Slippers’ variety received high honors at the Annual Flower Trial Garden at Colorado State University (CSU). In addition, Agastache POQUITO Butter Yellow and Begonia SILVER Treasure plants won accolades from the Trial Gardens at the University of Georgia (UGA). The trials took place during the recent growing season, spanning May to October.
Terra Nova’s Begonia T REX ‘Ruby Slippers’ was selected as “Best Novelty” in the Annual Trial at CSU based on its vigor, uniformity, floriferousness, and tolerance to environmental and biotic stresses.
“Huge red leaves have silvery edges that make a great contrast for color and texture with other plants in the garden,” wrote CSU trial garden staff in a September newsletter. “Grown primarily for the foliage, it would make a very eye-catching plant for areas with dry shade and can be used in either the ground or containers.”
CSU’s 2019 “Best of” annuals were judged by select horticulture students, faculty, industry representatives, public horticulturalists, and advanced Master Gardeners Aug. 6, and winners were determined by the trial garden’s advisory committee Sept. 12.
This is the second year in a row that Terra Nova has received the Best Novelty award at CSU’s Annual Flower Trial Garden. In 2018, Artemisia MAKANA Silver was recognized.
Terra Nova’s Agastache POQUITO Butter Yellow received the Classic City Award from the Trial Gardens at UGA on Sept. 20. This prestigious award was given to the top 13 varieties in the trial gardens, as determined by the trial gardens’ staff, based on year-round performance and eye-catching beauty.
“‘Butter Yellow’ brought it’s ‘A’ game to the garden with showy strong yellow flower spikes,” according to UGA trial gardens’ staff. “While many hyssops tend to blend into their surroundings due to wispy stems and leaves, this plant did not. Despite it being the shortest of the seven cultivars we trialed this year, ‘Butter Yellow’ stood out from the rest of the cultivars due to its bold visual appeal.”
Begonia SILVER Treasure represented Terra Nova in the Best of the Best category. UGA awarded this achievement to the varieties that outlasted and outperformed most other plants in the trials. Begonia SILVER Treasure has oblique, silver leaves and soft-pink flowers, with a large, dense and shrubby habit.
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