Top Performers

FORT WORTH BOTANIC GARDEN * TRIAL GARDEN BEST PERENNIAL PERFORMERS OF 2012

BED # SCIENTIFIC NAME COMMON NAME AVG. HT.” BLOOM SEASON FLOWER COLOR DONOR
A 20 Gaura lindheimeri Gaura 35 Mar-Nov white
A 21 Salvia greggii ‘Pink Preference’ Autumn Sage 32 Mar-Nov pink
A 24 Malvaviscus arboreus ‘Pam Puryear’ Pink Turk’s Cap 68 May-Nov light pink
A 26 Salvia greggii ‘Dark Dancer’ Autumn Sage 24 Mar-Nov dark purple
A 27 Phlox paniculata ‘Victoria’ Garden Phlox 36 May-Nov pink
A 33 Malpighia glabra ‘Mariquita’ Barbados Cherry 51 Apr – Nov pink
A 35 Ipomoea carnea ssp. fistulosa Bush Morning Glory 77 May – Nov lavender
A 36 Salvia microphylla ‘Orange Door’ Littleleaf Sage 36 Mar-Nov red-orange
A 44 Malvaviscus ‘Big Momma’ Turk’s Cap 49 Jun – Nov red
A 70 Lantana urticoides (L. horrida) Lantana 47 Apr-Nov orange and yellow
B1 Salvia ‘Indigo Spires’ Perennial Sage 42 Apr-Nov blue
B3 Salvia greggii ‘Oxford Pink’ Autumn Sage 37 Mar-Nov blue
B7 Salvia greggii ‘Desert Blaze’ Autumn Sage 32 May-Nov red
B 20 Dyschoriste linearis Snakeherb 12 May-Nov lavender
B 25 Perovskia atriplicifolia ‘Little Spire’ Russian Sage 37 May-Nov lavender
B 36 Tulbaghia violacea Society Garlic 12 May-Oct pink
B 39 Gaura ‘Corrie’s Gold’ Gaura 22 Apr-Nov white
B 47 Wedelia hispida Zexmenia 22 Apr-Oct yellow
B 57 Malvaviscus arboreus var. drummondii Turk’s Cap 72 Jun-Nov red
B 58 Salvia nemerosa ‘Blue Hill’ Perennial Sage 13 Apr-Nov blue
C1 Perovskia atriplicifolia Russian Sage 41 May-Nov lavender
C3 Salvia greggii ‘Coral’ Autumn Sage 25 Mar-Nov coral
C5 Salvia greggii ‘Pink’ Autumn Sage 29 Mar-Nov pink
C6 Gaura ‘Stratosphere White’ Gaura 38 Apr-Nov white Redenta’s
C7 Salvia greggii ‘Red’ Autumn Sage 33 May-Nov red
C 11 Salvia greggii ‘White’ Autumn Sage 38 Mar-Nov white
C 16 Tetraneuris scaposa Four-nerve Daisy 6 Mar-Nov yellow
C 19 Anisacanthus quadrifidus var. wrightii Flame Acanthus 61 Jun-Nov orange
C 22 Perovskia atriplicifolia ‘ Longin’ Russian Sage 40 May-Oct lavender
C 25 Nepeta ‘ Walker’s Low’ Catmint 15 Mar-Nov blue
C 30 Salvia ‘Augusta Duelberg’ Perennial Sage 38 Apr-Oct white
C 35 Salvia guaranitica ‘Black & Blue’ Perennial Sage 42 May-Oct blue
C 39 Hymenoxys acaulis Angelita Daisy 7 Apr-Nov yellow
C 42 Buddleia ‘Blue Chip’ Dwarf Butterfly Bush 38 Apr-Nov blue
C 44 Salvia leucantha ‘Santa Barbara’ Dwarf Mexican Bush Sage 33 Sep-Nov purple
C 46 Lantana ‘Dallas Red’ Lantana 36 May-Nov red and orange Stegall’s
C 49 Salvia microphylla ‘ Maraschino’ Little-leaf Sage 39 Apr-Nov red
D1 Salvia greggii ‘Variegata’ Autumn Sage 32 Apr-Oct red
D4 Salvia leucantha Mexican Bush Sage 32 May-Nov purple
D 15 Salvia greggii ‘Raspberry Royale’ Autumn Sage 29 Apr-Nov pink
D 16 Pavonia hastata Spearleaf Swampmallow 61 May-Nov light pink with dark eye
D 17 Scutellaria suffrutescens ‘Pink’ Pink Skullcap 12 May-Nov pink
D 18 Nepeta ‘ Six Hills Giant’ Catmint 21 Apr-Nov lavender
D 28 Verbena rigida Sandpaper Verbena 24 Apr-Nov purple Stegall’s
E6 Cuphea ‘Allison’ Mexican Heather 13 May-Nov light purple
E 11 Salvia x ‘Red Velvet’ Red Velvet Sage 34 May-Nov red
E 12 Verbena ‘Tiger Rose’ Verbena 19 Mar-Nov pink
E 25 Salvia greggii ‘ Furman’s Red’ Autumn Sage 26 Apr-Oct red
F2 Tradescantia pallida Purpleheart 21 Apr-Nov pink
F4 Delosperma ‘Cooper’s Pink’ Ice Plant 6 Apr-Nov pink

Cultural Notes: The perennials are grown in full sun (6 – 8 hours) in raised beds which vary in height from 6 to 24 inches. The soil is primarily clay mixed with composted organic matter. A three-inch layer of mulch helps retain moisture and inhibit weed growth, and an automatic irrigation system provides water to the plants. Tarrant County Master Gardeners and Garden volunteers weed, prune, and otherwise maintain the plantings three times a month. They also evaluate the perennials once a month, recording detailed data on each plant’s growth, performance and overall landscape appeal. At the end of the year that data is analyzed to produce this list.

Many thanks to the following businesses for their generous plant donations:
Archie’s Gardenland
Calloway’s Nursery
Redenta’s Garden
Stegall’s Nursery
John Scheepers Inc.

Refer to the Donor column to see which of the best-performing plants a particular donor provided.



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