MORRIS, Minn. - Bobby and Belinda talked with Horticulture Scientist Steve Poppe about the top performing annuals for Minnesota's climate.
Here are the '2015 Top Ten Performing Annuals' as chosen by Steve. You can find complete details on each annual here.
- Begonia Solenia Apricot
- Begonia x benariensis BIG® Red Green Leaf
- Calibrachoa Superbells® Garden Rose
- Coleus Broad Street
- Dahlia Hypnotica® Lavender
- Dianthus Jolt™ Pink
- Geranium Pinto™ Premium Lavender Rose
- Impatiens walleriana Lollipop™ Fruit Punch Rose
- Petunia Surfinia® Sumo™ Pink
- Portulaca Mojave® Tangerine
One of the largest and most impressive displays of annual flower varieties and cultivars in the Upper Midwest can be found at the University of Minnesota (U of MN) West Central Research and Outreach Center (WCROC) Horticulture Display Garden in Morris, MN.
The Garden features annual flower cultivars from plant breeding companies around the world. Cultivars are grown from seed or are vegetatively propagated in our greenhouse, and later transplanted into the Garden by early June.
The WCROC is located in west central Minnesota, which represents a very distinct climate for annual flower trials. The Morris area typically has hot, dry summers with exposure to wind, which provides a unique opportunity to compare performance of bedding-plant cultivars under regional conditions. The goal of evaluating this vast array of flowers is to develop recommendations for Minnesota.