"Our 12 in 2012 made top listing in the guide, which is the bible of the turfgrass industry," said a representative for Barenbrug.
The guide is published by British Society of Plant Breeders in association with the Sports Turf Research Institute. It rates qualities such as looks and shoot density.
The dozen are also featured in Barenbrug’s new BAR Range 2012 sports and amenity grass seed catalogue and one of the 12 was the new Green by Design range.
Leading the 12 top spots in the annual Turfgass Seed Guide was the new cultivar Barorlando, a hard-wearing sports perennial ryegrass.
Barenbrug’s research and development manager Jayne Leyland said:
"This is a fantastic result for our applied research and development programme and our global network of plant breeders."
A new Chewings fescue, Barlineus, came top for good shoot density and tolerance to closer mowing.
Other top scorers were Barxera tufted hairgrass, Barsignum perennial ryegrass, Barking browntop bent and Viktorka slender creeping red fescue.
The Green by Design range includes Rhizomatous tall fescue deep-rooting mixtures, good for shade tolerance.