New variegated Impatiens wins visitor's choice award at Ball Colegrave open days

A striking new Impatiens has swept the board in the Ball Colegrave blue flag awards, singled out as the top variety by trade and public alike.

Impatiens ‘Masquerade’ a clear favourite with the public at Ball Colegrave open days - image: Ball Colegrave
Impatiens ‘Masquerade’ a clear favourite with the public at Ball Colegrave open days - image: Ball Colegrave

‘Masquerade’ has variegated foliage and scarlet flowers, and was the clear winner in a year when novelty patio plants dominated the voting.

The awards are decided by visitors to the West Adderbury trial grounds, each of whom plant a blue flag in the plant they like the most.

Masquerade topped the trade and public vote and led the overall top five which included National Plant Show winner Begonia ‘Glowing Embers’, Begonia Million Kisses ‘Honeymoon’, Petunia ‘Black Velvet’ and Osteospernum ‘Voltage Yellow’.

Masquerade was found two years ago on a family nursery in the Midlands when the owners discovered a variegated shoot on one of their Busy Lizzie seedlings.

The foliage is lime and gold lined, offering interest before the scarlet flowers open in mid summer. 

It grows to a height of 15cm and spreads approximately 25-30cm with a creeping and cascading habit, lending itself well to pots and baskets.

It will be available in a Ball 84 plug tray in weeks 8-22.

Over 1,100 blue flags were placed this year during the trade and public open days.

More than 2,500 trade visitors attended the events which culminated last week.

Marketing manager Stuart Lowen said it had "proved to be one of the best displays ever with a wonderful attendance of customers".

 

THE BLUE FLAG RESULTS 2010

 

Overall Results

Rank

 

Variety

1

NEW

Impatiens Masquerade 

2

NEW

Begonia Glowing Embers 

3

NEW

Begonia Million Kisses® Honeymoon

4

NEW

Petunia Black Velvet

5

NEW

Osteospermum Voltage Yellow 

6

NEW

Coleus Red Head 

7

NEW

Petunia F1 Easy Wave™ Neon Rose

8

NEW

Begonia Gryphon 

9

NEW

Impatiens Double Fiesta™ Sparkler Orange

10

NEW

Verbena Aztec™ Blue Velvet

11

 

Ornamental Millet Purple Majesty

12

NEW

Euphorbia Breathless™ White

13

 

Coleus Chocolate Mint 

14

 

Calibrachoa Cabaret Mixture

15

NEW

Zinnia Zahara Double Fire

16

NEW

Nicotiana F1 Whisper Mixed

17

NEW

Gerbera Mini Revolution Mixed 

18

NEW

Nemesia Aromatica Scarlet

19

NEW

Begonia Experimental Basket Type (EXV204/18632)

20

NEW

Panicum Elegans Frosted Explosion

 

Home Gardeners

Rank

 

Variety

1

NEW

Impatiens Masquerade 

2

NEW

Begonia Million Kisses® Honeymoon

3

NEW

Impatiens Double Fiesta™ Sparkler Orange

4

NEW

Begonia Glowing Embers 

5

NEW

Osteospermum Voltage Yellow 

6

NEW

Petunia F1 Easy Wave™ Neon Rose

7

NEW

Euphorbia Breathless™ White

8

NEW

Petunia Black Velvet

9

NEW

Coleus Red Head 

10

NEW

Begonia Gryphon 

11

NEW

Nicotiana F1 Whisper Mixed

12

NEW

Panicum Elegans Frosted Explosion

13

NEW

Rudbeckia Moreno

14

NEW

Dahlia Melody Allegro

15

NEW

Verbena Aztec™ Blue Velvet 

16

 

Grass Juncus Starhead 

17

NEW

Impatiens New Guinea Divine Orange Bronze Leaf

18

 

Gerbera Experimental Large Orange

19

 

Ornamental Millet Purple Majesty

20

 

Impatiens Double Fiesta™ Ole Peppermint

 

 

Trade Customers

Rank

 

Variety

1

NEW

Impatiens Masquerade 

2

NEW

Begonia Glowing Embers 

3

NEW

Begonia Million Kisses® Honeymoon

4

NEW

Petunia Black Velvet

5

NEW

Osteospermum Voltage Yellow 

6

NEW

Coleus Red Head 

7

NEW

Begonia Gryphon 

8

NEW

Petunia F1 Easy Wave™ Neon Rose

9

NEW

Verbena Aztec™ Blue Velvet 

10

 

Calibrachoa Cabaret Mixture

11

NEW

Zinnia Zahara Double Fire

12

 

Ornamental Millet Purple Majesty

13

 

Coleus Chocolate Mint 

14

NEW

Gerbera Mini Revolution Mixed 

15

NEW

Nemesia Aromatica Scarlet

16

NEW

Impatiens Double Fiesta™ Sparkler Orange

17

 

Dolichos Lab Lab

18

NEW

Begonia Experimental Basket Type (EXV204/18632)

19

 

Begonia Sherbert Bon Bon 

20

 

Lobelia Crystal Palace 


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