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Salvia farinacea Strata

Breeder: Floranova
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Year: 1996
Colour: Blue flowers with white calyx on grey spike

Awards: Gold Medal

Strata is a superb new colour in Salvia farinacea, which differs prominently from the existing blue or white varieties. Its greyish flower spikes carry clear blue flowers with a white calyx, which bloom from May to the first frosts. The very uniform plants grow only 45 cm high. For its unique colour combination and excellent garden performance Strata was awarded the Fleuroselect Gold Medal. For professional and hobby gardeners it is certainly a valuable addition to the bedding plant assortment.

Salvia Strata is also the recipient of the All-America Selections award for performance in North American trials. 

Petunia Lavender Storm

Breeder: Syngenta Flowers
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Year: 1996
Colour: Lilac lavender

Awards: Gold Medal

Outstanding garden performance even during inclement weather", "Very good rain tolerance" "Extremely good weather tolerance" and "Attractive, nice colour" were frequent remarks made by Fleuroselect judges when referring to Petunia Lavender Storm. Unlike other grandiflora types this new lilac beauty finally defeats the sole objection against Petunias, their rain intolerance. Of course multiflora types were specially bred for gardening in rainy areas, but gardeners who prefer bigger flowers do not need to hesitate any more. Plant Lavender Storm. It's in the name! The plants remain nicely compact with a height of 30 cm and a spread of 40. The flowers measure 9 cm across. Let us hope for a large range of colour variations on Lavender Storm.

Fuchsia Florabelle

Breeder: PanAmerican Seed
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Year: 1995
Colour: Red sepals with purple petals

Awards: Gold Medal

Fuchsia Florabelle earned its Fleuroselect Gold Medal for innovation in breeding: growers can now produce a small flowered uniform Fuchsia from seed. New Florabelle offers good germination to provide a unique small flowered plant covered with masses of purple and red flowers. This well branched variety flowers in 14 weeks from seed, and performs well in commercial production of 10 cm pots and hanging baskets.

Lobelia x speciosa Fan Scarlet

Breeder: Benary
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Year: 1995
Colour: Scarlet

Awards: Gold Medal

In order to obtain the Fleuroselect Gold Medal a new flower seed variety must be a breakthrough in breeding and beauty. Remembering 1989 medal winner Lobelia speciosa `Compliment Scarlet', the new red Lobelia speciosa `Fan Scarlet' must have made an unbelievable impression on the judges. Well, that is exactly what it did, by its attractive leaf colour, the long flowering period, its floridity, its habit, uniformity and even by better disease and weather tolerance. So `Fan Scarlet' again really extended the limits of breeding (and using) Lobelia speciosa.

Nicotiana Havana Appleblossom

Breeder: Sakata/Dæhnfeldt
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Year: 1995
Colour: Appleblossom white/rose

Awards: Gold Medal

The striking pastel colour combination of Nicotiana Havana Appleblossom is just one of its many qualifications that make it a real winner. Other winning characteristics are its excellent plant habit, dwarf in pot and rich in the garden, its floridity, lasting throughout the summer until early October and its very good weather tolerance. Surely Havana Appleblossom will raise the position of Nicotiana in the range of most popular bedding plants.

Papaver orientale Pizzicato

Breeder: HM.CLAUSE
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Year: 1995
Colour: Mixture of lively colours, with characteristic black spots

Awards: Gold Medal

Perennial flowers hardly ever win the coveted Fleuroselect Gold Medal for seed grown flowers. One of those rare exceptions to the rule is the superb Papaver orientale Pizzicato, a mixture of red, scarlet, orange, salmon, mauve, pink and white flowers. Pizzicato like other oriental poppies can be recognised by the black spots at the basis of its petals. Growing on strong stems to a height of 50 - 60 cm the big flowers with a diameter of 15 - 20 cm will not easily be blown over by a strong wind. Pizzicato truly is an eye-catcher in each garden.

Bellis perennis Robella

Breeder: Benary/Rudolf Roggli
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Year: 1994
Colour: Salmon-pink

Awards: Gold Medal

Bellis perennis is a perennial, early-flowering bedding plant.  Robella was awarded the Fleuroselect Gold Medal in 1994 for the most attractive and the largest flowers of its sort. Bellis perennis `Robella' was the first real perennial to be awarded a Gold Medal by Fleuroselect. (This honour has been given a number of times to pansies.) It is now possible to plant out completely a splendid, flowering, spring garden with only Fleuroselect varieties. `Robella' really deserves a central place in your spring garden, not only because of its striking beauty, but also because of the comparative obscurity of Bellis.

Centaurea cyanus Florence Pink

Breeder: PanAmerican Seed
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Year: 1994
Colour: Pink

Awards: Gold Medal

The Centaurea Cyanus Florence White and Centaurea Cyanus Florence Pink, two new varieties of cornflower, have been awarded the Fleuroselect Gold Medal.The plants have a noticeably attractive round form due to the number of branches at the base. The pink and white colours of the double flowers are delightful. Uniformity in the height and development of plants is a must in contemporary horticulture. The quality of these Centaureas in the garden is perfect and they are an excellent filler for borders. They can be planted out early, but are also suitable for direct sowing. These gold medal winning pink and white cornflowers are certainly a welcome addition for the professional grower and the consumer.

Centaurea cyanus Florence White

Breeder: PanAmerican Seed
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Year: 1994
Colour: White

Awards: Gold Medal

The Centaurea Cyanus Florence White and Centaurea Cyanus Florence Pink, two new varieties of cornflower, have been awarded the Fleuroselect Gold Medal.The plants have a noticeably attractive round form due to the number of branches at the base. The pink and white colours of the double flowers are delightful. Uniformity in the height and development of plants is a must in contemporary horticulture. The quality of these Centaureas in the garden is perfect and they are an excellent filler for borders. They can be planted out early, but are also suitable for direct sowing. These gold medal winning pink and white cornflowers are certainly a welcome addition for the professional grower and the

Viola Velour Blue

Breeder: Floranova
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Year: 1994
Colour: Violet-blue with light blue border and yellow centre

Awards: Gold Medal

New and according to expectations, Viola Velour Blue emerged triumphantly from the Fleuroselect trials. The long-awaited mini pansy, Velour Blue is a striking, profusely-flowering pansy with almost perfectly rounded flowers. Following a short cultivation period Velour Blue flowers early and long. Velour Blue is unusually decorative in the plant pot, surpassed only by its full glory later in the garden. Due to its uniform and rapid growth Velour Blue is moreover an ideal plant for bedding plant growers and has rightly been awarded the coveted Fleuroselect Gold Medal.

Nierembergia hippomanica Mont Blanc

Breeder: Takii Seed
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Year: 1993
Colour: White

Awards: Gold Medal

When looking for edging flowers, one does not immediately think of Nierembergia. Fleuroselect Gold Medal Winner Nierembergia Mont Blanc though is going to change this consumer attitude. The true value of this dark green, compact plant with profuse cup-shaped white flowers shows best in border edges or hanging baskets. However it is very tempting and worthwhile to experiment, since the eye-catching attraction and the long flowering period of Nierembergia 'Mont Blanc' ensure both professional and hobby gardeners of admiration and success.

Mont Blanc is also the recipient of the All-America Selections award for performance in North American trials. 

Limonium sinuatum Forever Gold

Breeder: Takii Seed/Sahin
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Year: 1993
Colour: Yellow

Awards: Gold Medal

In 1989 Fleuroselect tested several entries of Limonium (or statice). Of the different novelties trialled, the yellow entry really excelled, by providing a massive colour display and was awarded the Fleuroselect Gold Medal. Forever Gold is a rather compact Statice and suitable for bedding as well as for cutting and drying. Compared to other Statice, Forever Gold produces large, yellow flowers on strong, compact stems very early and throughout the season.

Verbena speciosa Imagination

Breeder: Benary
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Year: 1993
Colour: Deep violet blue

Awards: Gold Medal

Fleuroselect Gold Medal winner Verbena Speciosa Imagination introduces a new flowering annual plant on the market. Its deep violet blue colour and spreading habit make Imagination an attractive innovation in seedgrown Verbena, which extends the assortment for bedding, balconies and hanging baskets.

Verbena Speciosa Imagination is also the recipient of the All-America Selections award for performance in North American trials. 

Viola tricolor Imperial Frosty Rose

Breeder: Takii Seed
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Year: 1993
Colour: Rosy purple with white upper petals

Awards: Gold Medal

Sometimes flowers, like beautiful Viola Tricolor `Imperial Frosty Rose' surprise at first sight. The Fleuroselect judges knew they had a possible winner before the 1991 trial season ended and long before the other good characteristics of this new pansy were known, its attractiveness and beauty made it a true winner. Happily the first, emotional impressions of `Frosty Rose' are justified by many more good qualifications, such as its early flowering, its suitability for year round culture and its temperature resistance. But its most decisive feature for impulse buyers, as well as for Fleuroselect judges, are its big and beautiful flowers: Rosy purple with white upper petals.

Callistephus chinensis Starlight Rose

Breeder: Dittmar Samen und Pflanzen
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Year: 1992
Colour: Rose

Awards: Gold Medal

In the hot summer of 1989 Fleuroselect trialled several new Callistephus varieties of which this compact and beautiful Aster really excelled. Though it was obvious that Asters are not easy to grow and not all types of soil are suitable for this culture, 'Starlight Rose' gave a very uniform and brilliant show. Moreover this aster is relatively wilt resistant. The splendid compact plants branch easily from the base are covered with well shaped, full blooms of a clear rose colour.

Salvia coccinea Lady-in-Red

Breeder: Takii Seed/Sahin
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Year: 1992
Colour: Light scarlet

Awards: Gold Medal

Lady in Red is a unique dwarf scarlet Salvia coccinea, that proved to be excellent in packs in the Fleuroselect trials, and also fully satisfying as a bedding plant or pot plant. Being early, naturally dwarf and of course very attractive, this little Lady in Red contributes to extending the choices for professional growers and gardeners. Hobby gardeners and visitors of public gardens will prove it worthy of the Fleuroselect Gold Medal.

Salvia Lady in Red is also the recipient of the All-America Selections award for performance in North American trials. 

Impatiens walleriana Mega Orange Star

Breeder: Syngenta Flowers/Goldsmith Seed
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Year: 1992
Colour: Salmon orange with white star

Awards: Gold Medal

In the heat of summer 1990 one Impatiens performed exceptionally well in the European Fleuroselect trials: Impatiens Walleriana 'Mega Orange Star' showed it's large salmon-orange flowers, it's vigorous growth and it's exceptional weather tolerance throughout the trialling season. As a true recommendation for the Fleuroselect Gold Medal, it is a breakthrough in Impatiens, fit for plantings in full sun as well as in rainy climates all over Europe.

Tagetes patula Safari Tangerine

Breeder: Bodger Seeds
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Year: 1992
Colour: Tangerine orange

Awards: Gold Medal

Tagetes Patula 'Safari Tangerine' is an example of a classical improvement. Though Tagetes breeding trends already predicted a Marigold like this one, experts were surprised to find the real thing in the Fleuroselect trials. Safari Tangerine is the best orange marigold at the moment. It has large and intense orange flowers with an excellent shape. Because it is very early, flower seed experts rightly agreed to present it the 1992 Fleuroselect Gold Medal.

Verbena Peaches and Cream

Breeder: Takii Seed/Sahin
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Year: 1992
Colour: Mixture

Awards: Gold Medal

The breeder of Verbena hybrida Peaches and Cream must have been inspired by interior decorators and landscapers: The fashionable soft pastel colours of the early nineties and the warm orange shades of coming years are combined in one plant. Therefore the reasons for awarding it the Fleuroselect Gold Medal are the same as the reasons for success: Attraction and Distinction.

Verbena hybrida Peaches and Cream is also the recipient of the All-America Selections award for performance in North American trials. 

Begonia x tuberhybrida Pin Up

Breeder: Benary
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Year: 1991
Colour: Tender white with rose edges

Awards: Gold Medal

Begonia Tuberosa Pin-Up scored high points from all 20 expert judges of Fleuroselect for its earliness, its distinctness and its long and rich flowering. For other attributes it was always "better" than the comparable varieties. That's how this "tender white with rose edge" Pin-Up won the Gold Medal.

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