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1091 – Perennial “Top Performers” for the 2010 Season   Arrow divider image - marks separation between nested pages that are listed as breadcrumbs.

The following seven plants were ranked as ‘Top Performers’ in the 2010 two-year herbaceous perennial trial conducted at Colorado State University. They were judged throughout the 2009-10 growing seasons for ornamental features and winter hardiness.

Anemone Little Princess

Anemone ‘Little Princess’
The large pink and white flowers developed on low growing, compact plants. This variety performed best in full sun and bloomed later in the summer. They were planted in 2008.

Hemerocallis Fire King

Hemerocallis ‘Fire King’
This variety had exceptional vigor and strong blooming from July into September. Sturdy stalks supported vibrant red-orange blooms which created a spectacular show. They were planted in 2008.

Hisbiscus Jazzberry Jam

Hibiscus ‘Jazzberry Jam’
The vigorous habit of this plant prevailed in both sun and shade trial locations. The attractive, large blooms emerged slightly later in the season than ‘Summer Storm’. They were planted in 2008.

Hisbiscus Summer Storm

Hibiscus ‘Summer Storm’
It was a standout variety with attractive dissected foliage emerging dark purple which matured to green. This vigorous plant also exhibited good flowering in both sun and shade trials. They were planted in 2008.

Echinacea Mistral

Echinacea ‘Mistral’
This floriferous, compact coneflower is a sport of the very popular ‘Kim’s Knee High’. Growth habit and flowering was very uniform. Its unique flowers opened bright pink but matured to an antique shade and lasted for a long season of bloom. They were planted in 2009.

Penstemon Prairie Twilight

Penstemon ‘Prairie Twilight’
Strong burgundy stems supported lasting tubular lavender flowers with shades of white that contrasted well with the dark green foliage. It made an impressive display of flowers while growing under reduced water. They were planted in 2009.

Penstemon ‘Red Riding Hood’
Penstemon Red Riding Hood
This variety had a prolific display of red tubular flowers on long stems. It looked good early in the season and the plants were vigorous with a uniform growth habit. They were planted in 2009.

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