The Fleuroselect Gold Medal is awarded to new varieties that have been tested by expert and independent judges at trial grounds across Europe and proven to clearly supersede existing varieties in terms of breeding innovation and beauty.
Some of these varieties will find their way to North America this year and some will follow in subsequent years. Simply put them on your “watch for” list as this is the European equivalent of the All America Trials.
Begonia semperflorens SenatoriQ Rose Bicolour
Earlier, better and longer… That’s what SenatoriQ Rose Bicolour stands for. This begonia is a bronze leaved and has high germination and uniform development. From spring to autumn, gardeners will enjoy a continuous display of beautiful bicolour flowers on the terrace or in the garden.
Seed will appear in good seed companies next year but you do have to start Fibrous Begonia in January for May blooms in a USDA 4-5 garden.
Lupinus polyphyllus Mini Gallery Blue
Meet Mini Gallery Blue, – a seed generated Lupin. This dwarf plant fills a container nicely (Europeans grow perennials in containers more than North Americans do). Gardeners will be delighted with the numerous deep blue flowers and in addition to borders, can also plant this cute Lupine in pots, window boxes and small gardens.
Penstemon barbatus Twizzle
This Penstemon flowers the first year from seed! The half-high flower spikes (approx. 70-80 cm) present small flowers in vivid scarlet. Gardeners will love this beauty because it adds height and colour to patio containers and annual/perennial borders. Attracting bees and hummingbirds, this perennial brings back wildlife to the garden.[/caption]
I note that this Penstemon is on my watch list although the other two are “interesting” but not high on my plant lust-list.