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A visit to the University of Delaware Botanic Gardens the other day turned out to be a colorful trip. The Trial Garden showed what could be done given the restrictions imposed by the gardeners. The plants are watered and fertilized for a week or two after planting, but that's it. Also on display are winners of the All-American Selections award given nationally. Then, every 2 weeks, a UDBG staff member ranks all plants and lists the last few years' winners on their website.  Here are some of the winners in my book!  Clockwise top left: Salvia (my parents always planted these in a border in front of their house along with white alyssum), Ornamental peppers, and 2 Datura or Angel's Trumpets.  First photo: not labeled but looks like an echinacea or coneflower.

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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Carolyn, interesting plants, but that is where you can find some different plants for our garden.

Oct 07, 2021 04:15 PM
Carolyn Roland- In Delaware and S. Chester County PA

I love that they are testing all the time!

Oct 07, 2021 04:58 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

There are some fascinating plants pictured there, Carolyn.  I am especially intrigued by those in the top photo.

Oct 07, 2021 08:26 PM
Carolyn Roland- In Delaware and S. Chester County PA

Myrl, they are certainly unlike common coneflowers!

Oct 08, 2021 05:36 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hello Carolyn - I like this laboratory where the results are ongoing and quite colorful.  

Oct 08, 2021 03:31 AM
Carolyn Roland- In Delaware and S. Chester County PA

Right Michael! Nice experiments.

Oct 08, 2021 05:37 AM