Visit the new MSU annual trial gardens website

Editor’s note: This article is from the archives of the MSU Crop Advisory Team Alerts. Check the label of any pesticide referenced to ensure your use is included.

Dr. Norm Lownds, coordinator of the annual trials at Michigan State University, has just released a new website containing searchable databases and summaries of annual plant performance from the past several years. Visit the website at:

Each year, MSU evaluates the landscape performance of over 1,000 cultivars of annual plants. In the past few years, the gardens staff has also evaluated plant performance in large containers.

TheMSU Annual Trials website contains searchable databases, where you can search each year’s entries by genus, series, cultivar, company or rating. The database includes unbiased notes and photos of the trials. The top performers of each plant species are listed and grouped into the best-performing plants from seed, vegetative cuttings and in containers. In addition, the “Spartan Selects” identify the best-of-the-best plants in our growing conditions in Michigan.

Plan to visit the trial gardens at MSU this summer to make your own observations of plant performance. You’re also welcome to participate in the MSU Garden Plant Showcase scheduled for Wednesday, August 7, 2007. Stay tuned for more details.

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