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 grass

Carex ‘Pheonix Green’

lantana citrus blend blooms

Lantana ‘Luscious Citrus Blend’

Colocasia Plant

Colocasia ‘Heart of the Jungle’

nicotiana blooms

Nicotiana ‘Only the Lonely’

Green leaves

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

Eucalyptus 'Steel Tower'

Sunpatiens Compact Electric Orange flowers

Sunpatiens 'Compact Electric Orange'

Euphorbia Breathless Blush bush

Euphorbia 'Breathless Blush'

Rudbeckia Indian Summer Flower

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'
Alternanthera Little Ruby Celosia Dragons Breath leafs

Alternathera ‘ Little Ruby’

Cleome Rosalita blooms

Angelonia ‘Archangel Pink’

Browalia Endless Flirtation flowers

Browallia ‘Endless Flirtation’

Cleome Blanca in garden

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’
Impatiens Flowers

Interspecific Impatiens ‘Big Bounce Cherry’

Sun Patiens Flowers

Impatiens ‘Sunpatiens Compact Blush Pink’

Cleome flowers

Cleome ‘Pequena Rosalita’

Lantana Blooms

Lantana ‘Landmark Sunrise’


Cyperus ‘Baby Tut’ (foliage)

salvia blooms

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’