January 21, 2008
Written by Greenhouse Canada
At separate open houses, growers and gardeners agreed on two cultivars among their lists of top picks.
12Commercial growers and home gardeners were in agreement with two cultivars in listing their top picks at last year’s University of Guelph Ornamental Trial Gardens. Both groups placed Cleome Senorita Rosalita and Impatiens Sonic Sweet Purple ’06 on their lists of top performers in the trials.

The trials are now in their sixth year. In addition to the main trial grounds at the Guelph Turfgrass Institute, satellite sites were established at the Royal Botanical Gardens and the Toronto Botanical Garden. Trials manager is U of G greenhouse technican Rodger Tschanz.

The 2006 trials featured over 500 cultivars from 14 breeders, well up from the 40 cultivars during the program’s debut year.

The Top 5 cultivar picks selected during the Grower Day open house included:
• Cleome Senorita Rosalita (Proven Winners)
• Impatiens Sonic Sweet Purple ’06 (GoldFisch)
• Salvia Mystic Spires Blue (Ball FloraPlant)
• Ageratum Cloud Nine Blue (Ball FloraPlant)
• Osteospermum Margarita Dark Pink (Fides North America)

The Top 10 cultivar picks during the gardeners’ open house included:
• Cleome Senorita Rosalita (Proven Winners)
• Delphinium Mistral Blue (American Takii)
• Impatiens Sonic Salmon on Gold (GoldFisch)
• Dianthus Bouquet Rose Magic (Pan American Seed)
• Petunia Supertunia Vista Bubblegum (Proven Winners)
• Delphinium Mistral Sky (American Takii)
• Petunia Fortunia Purple Picotee (Fides North America)
• Cleome Sparkler Blush (Goldsmith)
• Impatiens Sonic Sweet Purple ’06 (GoldFisch)
• Nemesia Aromatica Deep Blue Improved (Ball FloraPlant)

The trial garden website is at www.plant.uoguelph.ca/trialgarden.

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