Each year the Dow Gardens uses a variety of annual bedding plants as part of the summer botanical display. This primary source of seasonal color is evaluated three times throughout the growing season.

Castor Bean 'Carmencita Pink'

Dahlia 'Venti Golden Yellow'

Dianthus 'Jolt Pink'

Gomphrena 'Horton's Revenge'

Rudbeckia 'Cappuccino'

Zinnia 'Holi Scarlet F1'

2020 Standout Varieties

  1. Castor Bean 'Carmencita Pink' (Seed)
  2. Dahlia 'Venti Golden Yellow' (Vegetative)
  3. Dianthus 'Jolt Pink' (Seed)
  4. Gomphrena 'Horton's Revenge' (Vegetative)
  5. Rudbeckia 'Cappuccino' (Seed)
  6. Zinnia 'Holi Scarlet F1' (Seed)

Dianthus 'Green Ball'

Celosia 'Bright Sparks Burgundy'

Salvia 'Fairy Queen'

Petchoa 'Supercal Premium Cinnamon'

Kangaroo Paw

Celosia 'Asian Garden'

2019 Standout Varieties (Vegetative)

  1. Dianthus ‘Green Ball’
  2. Celosia ‘Bright Sparks Burgundy’
  3. Salvia ‘Fairy Queen’
  4. Petchoa ‘Supercal Premium Cinnamon’
  5. Kangaroo Paw
  6. Celosia ‘Asian Garden’

Coleus 'Velveteen'

Carex ‘Pheonix Green’

Lantana ‘Luscious Citrus Blend’

Colocasia ‘Heart of the Jungle’

Nicotiana ‘Only the Lonely’

Ipomea ‘Sweet Caroline Green with Envy’

2018 Standout Varieties (Vegetative)

  1. Coleus 'Velveteen'
  2. Carex ‘Pheonix Green’
  3. Lantana ‘Luscious Citrus Blend’
  4. Colocasia ‘Heart of the Jungle’
  5. Nicotiana ‘Only the Lonely’
  6. Ipomea ‘Sweet Caroline Green with Envy’

Eucalyptus 'Steel Tower'

Sunpatiens 'Compact Electric Orange'

Euphorbia 'Breathless Blush'

Rudbeckia 'Indian Summer'

Coleus 'Redhead'

2017 Standout Varieties (Vegetative)

  1. Eucalyptus 'Steel Tower'
  2. Sunpatiens 'Compact Electric Orange'
  3. Euphorbia 'Breathless Blush'
  4. Rudbeckia 'Indian Summer'
  5. Coleus 'Redhead'
  6. Mecardonia 'GoldDust'

Alternathera ‘ Little Ruby’

Angelonia ‘Archangel Pink’

Browallia ‘Endless Flirtation’

Cleome ‘ Seniorita Blanca’

2016 Standout Varieties (Vegetative)

  1. Alternathera ‘ Little Ruby’
  2. Angelonia ‘Archangel Pink’
  3. Browallia ‘Endless Flirtation’
  4. Cleome ‘ Seniorita Blanca’
  5. Cleome ‘Seniorita Mi Amor’
  6. Cleome ‘Seniorita Rosalita’

Interspecific Impatiens ‘Big Bounce Cherry’

Impatiens ‘Sunpatiens Compact Blush Pink’

Cleome ‘Pequena Rosalita’

Lantana ‘Landmark Sunrise’

Cyperus ‘Baby Tut’ (foliage)

Salvia ‘Albazin Tobasco’

2015 Standout Varieties (Vegetative)

  1. Interspecific Impatiens ‘Big Bounce Cherry’
  2. Impatiens ‘Sunpatiens Compact Blush Pink’
  3. Cleome ‘Pequena Rosalita’
  4. Lantana ‘Landmark Sunrise’
  5. Cyperus ‘Baby Tut’ (foliage)
  6. Salvia ‘Albazin Tobasco’