Hot New Annuals

Trial Beds, 2017, SunPatiens

Ralph Krause checks out the Sun Coleus in our 2018 Test Beds along the drive.

The nursery trade continually comes up with new and better varieties of some of your old favorites. Sometimes the plants are more disease resistant or drought tolerant. Sometimes the colors are brand new and the blooms long-lasting. Each year Linnaeus Teaching Garden features one annual in its trial beds so that gardeners can see and compare new and different varieties of this annual.

Hot New Annuals for 2018 – Sun Coleus

Lime Time

Main Street “Lime Time”

Traditionally gardeners have used coleus with its stunning foliage to brighten shady areas. However, in recent years growers have developed new varieties of coleus that grow well in medium shade to full sun. This year Linneaus Teaching Garden is spotlighting coleus that thrive in the sun in its trial beds.

Coleus come in a wide range of colors with both single and multi-colored varieties. Most coleus are upright, but trailing varieties are also available. They tend to have smaller leaves and can be used in containers or to soften the front edge of a bed.

Sun coleus do require frequent watering, especially in windy conditions. Keep the soil moist, but not saturated, and you can enjoy their colorful foliage all summer until late fall.

Great Falls "Ruby Falls" (trailing)

Great Falls “Ruby Falls” (trailing)

Our hot, new annuals are displayed in 15 trial beds located along the drive that parallels the entry walkway.

We’ll keep an eye on our Sun Coleus throughout the summer to see how they do. You can too.  Here is an information sheet you can print and take with you to the garden.

Pictures taken early June after one month of growth.  Look at the color variety!

 Main Street “Dutch Mill Drive”

 Great Falls “Iguazu” (trailing)

 Main Street “Broad Street”

Main Street “La Rambla”

Main Street ‘River Walk’

Main Street “Ruby Road”

Great Falls “Niagara” (trailing)

Great Falls “Yosemite” (trailing)

Ruby Slipper

Test Beds

Our hot, new annuals are displayed in 15 trial beds located along the drive that parallels the entry walkway. The beds are numbered west to east with Bed 15 being closest to the Barn. Below are the names of the different varieties featured this year:

Bed 1 – Main Street “Dutch Mill Drive” (Height: 12-20”, Spread: 10-14”

Bed 2 – Great Falls “Iguazu” (trailing – Height: 8-12”, Spread: 12-18”)

Bed. 3 – “Pandora” (Height 12-18”)

Bed 4 – Main Street “Broad Street” (Height: 16-18 in”, Spread: 10-12”)

Bed 5 – Main Street “La Rambla” (Height: 16-36”, Spread: 12-24”)

Bed 6 – Main Street “River Walk” (Height: 12-20”, Spread: 20-24”)

Bed 7 – Main Street “La Rambla” (Height: 16-36”, Spread: 12-24”) – same as Bed 5

Bed 8 – Main Street “Abby Road” (Height: 14-16”, Spread: 10-12 in.)

Bed 9 – Main Street “Chartres Street” (Height: 16-36”, Spread: 12-24”)

Bed 10 – Main Street “Ruby Road” (Height: 16-36”, Spread: 12-24”)

Bed 11 – Great Falls “Niagara” (trailing – Height: 8-12” Spread: 12-18”)

Bed 12 – Great Falls “Yosemite” (trailing – Height: 8-12”, Spread: 12-18”)

Bed 13 – Ruby Slipper (Height 14-24″)

Bed 14 – Ruby Punch (Height: 10-16”, Spread: 12-18”)

Bed 15 – “Lime Time” (Height: 20-36″)