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It’s time to plant Annuals! The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden along with the Greater Cincinnati Flower Growers Association and The Ohio State Extension Hamilton County have been trialing Annuals for the past 12 years to see which ones have performed the best in our region. We have our “Zoo’s Best Hall of Fame”, and the list of award winners in our trials since 2002. Click here to see the brochure of the 2017 best of the Zoo annuals!

There is also a link to see photos of these annuals growing here at the Cincinnati Botanical Garden…and Zoo! Let this list help guide you to the most colorful year you have ever had in your home!

Zoo’s Best Annuals 2015

  • Begonia Nightlife Deep Rose
  • Coleus Premium Sun Crimson
  • Dahlia Dahlightful™ Sultry Scarlet
  • Impatiens Sunpatiens® Compact Deep Rose
  • Impatiens Sunpatiens® Spreading Clear  White
  • Ipomoea Solar Power™ Black
  • Lantana Little Lucky™ Pot of Gold
  • Salvia Golden Delicious
  • Scaevola Brilliant
  • Sedum Lemon Coral™

Zoo’s Best Annuals- Hall of Fame

  • Begonia Dragon Wing® Series
  • Begonia Whopper Series
  • Canna Australia
  • Coleus Dark Star
  • Coleus Dipt n Wine
  • Coleus Lifelime
  • Coleus Redhead
  • Coleus Religious Radish
  • Coleus Sedona
  • Cyperus Graceful Grasses® Baby Tut® Dahlia Mystic Illusion
  • Lantana Lucky Yellow
  • Lantana Luscious Citrus Blend
  • Lantana New Gold
  • Pennisetum Graceful Grasses® Vertigo® Pennisetum setaceum ‘Rubrum’
  • Petunia Vista® Bubblegum
  • Petunia Vista® Silverberry
  • Sweet Potato Margarita
  • Sweet Potato Illusion® Garnet Lace
  • Sweet Potato Sweet Caroline Sweetheart Red Vinca Titan ™ Series
  • Zinnia Star Series
  • Zinnia Zahara™ Series

Annuals Zoo’s Hall of Fame 2014 – pdf 

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