Sunday, September 7, 2014

Mosaic Monday #5 Annual Beauties for 2015

I am grateful to Proven Winners for sending me new annual plant varieties to trial each year and I find evaluation time exciting. Some members of the Garden Writers Association opt to do this, and I also trial shrubs for them. By growing the plants in a variety of climate zones, garden site locations and soil conditions it gives Proven Winners a true idea of how they'll perform.
I am not a big fan of orange flowers but the Cuphea 'Vermillionaire' is one that could change my mind. Drought and heat tolerant, this little trouper has been flowering continuously since being planted in early summer and the flower shape attracts hummingbirds.
Every year I plant a few purple salvias but I've never seen one perform like 'Playin' the Blues'. Great height and constant branching spikes on a plant that does well in the garden or a container. In the container on the right is a new Supertunia called 'Black Cherry' which filled out nicely and complimented the purple salvia.
Bacopa 'Blue Bubbles' was planted in my fairy garden as the tiny double blue flowers were the perfect size for a backdrop of cascading blooms. Having one plant left over I decided to put it in a bare spot right in the ground and it has made a pretty everblooming ground cover.
I must confess after hearing at a gardening seminar about a new begonia called 'Pegasus' it was a plant I was lusting after. Be still my heart, didn't a little family of them arrive in my trial plants! The large photo shows 'Pegasus' in a planter along the north wall and the other two are in shady spots of different gardens. The potted begonia was watered regularly along with other containers and grew to a large size. The other two were only watered in when planted and although smaller, are healthy.
The star of my 2014 trial plants is definitely the begonia 'Pegasus'. The deeply etched green and silver leaves make a gorgeous display and you can't see it, but there's a big silver pot under there. This plant could be paired with a spiller such as Grape-O-Licious Torenia as suggested by Proven Winners but to me, it's nice all by itself.
Watch for these annual beauties for sale in 2015.
I'm glad the colour palettes from last week were fun for everyone and I was happy to help those who gave this template a try on their own.
Today it is interesting to see the colour swatches as I touched the paintbrush to various parts of the leaves on 'Pegasus'. The pink was a surprise, but when you look in the centre of the leaves, there it is! 


  1. Judith what fabulous annuals. I really love the new begonia foliage and the palette you did with it. I am going to give those palettes a try soon. I was going to link in but didn't see the Linky!

  2. Judith, I learn so much by reading your blog - both in terms of creating mosaics and in gardening. Thanks for letting me be a part of the linkup! Happy week ahead~

  3. It must be rather thrilling when a package of new plants to trial arrives, Judith, and you discover what has been sent to you.

    I'm about ready to shrink down in size and wander into your fairy garden on this sunny afternoon.

    Thank you for hosting Mosaic Monday.


  4. The Cuphea 'Vermillionaire is very pretty! I like any flower that attracts hummingbirds as i find those little birds so fascinating to watch! I was surprised to see a hummingbird moth in my garden last week--at first i thought it was a bird, but when I examined the photos I took form a distance up close I saw it was a moth drinking nectar from my flowers. Its wings moved the same as a hummingbird.
    Gardening is such a challenge here as we have frequent deer visitors in our backyard and the rabbits are prolific. This summer instead of drought we've had rain almost every day. It's a real challenge, but I'll keep trying! :)

  5. Judith,your plants look so beautiful and healthy..... and the begonia leaves are lovely.

    Happy Mosaic Monday!

  6. It must be rewarding the activity of planting flowers in your own garden! My fave pic from your serie of gorgeous blooms for today is "Supertunia 'Black Cherry'"...
    Have a great week!

  7. The pegasus is gorgeous, a name to remember for next year. The annuals are perking up a bit again and I hope they will be around a few more weeks.

  8. It's nice to see these new trial plants Judith and to know someone who is part of the process of getting them to market. The begonia is gorgeous but does it have blooms? I also enjoyed your previous post of the September Tea Time. It looks so nice with the beautiful fall bouquet and very pretty teacup. I hope you have a lovely week.

  9. Hi Judith,
    I have been away from my blog this summer but am glad to be back. I will be on the lookout for that begonia! Thanks for telling us about it.
    Wishing you a beautiful day,
    Linda at Beautiful Ideas

  10. How exciting it must be to trial new plants Judith!
    I'm not fond of orange in the garden either, except for my background of Clivias in one part of the garden.

    I'll keep an eye out for the new Salvia next year - they are great companion plants for roses.

    Thank you for hosting

  11. Your annual trials look like they were a great success. The foliage of the begonia is striking, and the bucopa a good filler.

  12. Hi Judith, The cuphea is lovely and so is your 'Pegasus' begonia. I didn't see anything about begonia flowers - does 'Pegasus' bloom, or is it treasured for its foliage? I think it's really neat that you get to trial all these wonderful plants from Proven Winners!
    Hugs, Beth

  13. It must be loads of fun to open up the box with all the trial plants. Surprises all around. The Pegasus begonia is amazing and I'm all for anything that attracts hummingbirds.

  14. Hello Judith! Fun surprises- it's wonderful to garden. I am in your camp- I don't gravitate toward orange flowers but do like some. I've noticed I much prefer pinks, white, blues and lavender. When I look around my yard there is rarely anything orange or yellow, other than sunflowers. Have a great week, and thx for hosting this nice party!

  15. that is interesting...I see these 'proven winner' varieties at Lowes or HD garden shops sometimes ...pretty sure I've purchased a few over the years, too : )

  16. I love this party sweet lady, but I don't know how to 'mosaic' my pics, so here I am anywho!
    I used to love gardening, but now I live in a penthouse apt. Your flowers are gorgeous and I hope you can enjoy them for a good while yet.
    Thanks for hosting and have a great week ahead.

  17. That begonia is beautiful, Judith! A great collection for Mosaic Monday!!...:)JP

  18. I like the blue Bacopa very much! My salvia didn't do well this year - I think it was in a place that is too dry. I watered and watered but the sun and heat won out.
    Thank you for hosting!

  19. The little fairy garden sure is sweet! They are all set up for tea time! Enjoy your week and thanks for the party my friend! Hugs, your lavender Sis Diane

  20. That 'playin' the blues' looks gorgeous beside the deep red petunia! Thanks for the linky party. :-)

  21. What lovely flowers you have in your garden. That Pegasus is beautiful! Thanks so much for hosting Mosaic Monday.

  22. Hi Judith,

    Firstly, congrats on taking over the reigns from Mary, giving us all the pleasure of continuing to link up to this inspirational meme every Monday!

    I have not been able to take part until today, as summer activities, friends and family visiting have been many, but are now starting to quiet down, and so, here I am, anxious to visit all the interesting links.

    Your supertunia black cherries with the blue salvias are a beautiful combination, both very rich in hue, although delicate and dainty. You've been very busy, planting away for the next season, and I'm sure you'll be smiling at the results when all the pretties appear!

    Thanks so much for hosting Mosaic Monday and have a wonderful week!


  23. Added gardens Eye View mosaics post I am off to comment on a few more posts...thanks for hosting Judith!!

  24. Absolutely gorgeous photos from your garden. Makes a person whose not a gardener, green with envy! ;-)

  25. I like the idea of growing test plants, but I would probably have the test garden called the Lazy Gardener. You have a beautiful variety of plant material

  26. I'm not fond of orange either but aren't you having fun with your trials. I envy you your gardening skills, Judith. Love your fairy garden and the Pegasus is gorgeous! Thanks for hosting.


  27. Hi Judith. It was my intention to link up, but I didn't really know how to go about it on a pre-scheduled post. So I did it this morning. Your plants are beautiful, and your collages are fabulous! On a side note, when I use PicMonkey, I only have one brush, rather than the two you mentioned. Maybe it's a different version, since I'm on an iMac.??

  28. The begonia 'Pegasus' is beautiful. You are right, this plant can be paired with other plants and flowers, but it's stunning all by itself. I grow this every year and find it very rewarding because it doesn't require very much care.

  29. Pegasus begonia looks like a winner to me too! Fantastic foliage.

  30. Hi Judith! I made it in before the deadline...whew! I have missed getting linked in since you took over. I'm so glad you kept it's so much fun to see these beautiful, mosaics and collages. Yours photos are so gorgeous! I have been experimenting a bit with the color palettes too...they are so much fun to do. Hopefully I will be happy enough with one and share it soon. Again, thanks for hosting and have a blessed week!

  31. Thank you for coming by the Blue Wedding post. And thank you for hosting this party! BTW did you know I have a Fall Party going on? You can post any day. A new party starts every Tuesday. Post any Fall related item. Your September Tea would be great!
    Come by and check it out!
    Have a good week,

  32. Hi Judith!

    Wow - that Pegasus really is an extraordinary plant, how unique and attention-grabbing!

    SO glad I could join you this time. Life has been taxing to be sure.

    Thank you for hosting Mosaic Monday!

  33. Hi,Judith!
    All of your plants are so beautiful. I see how they are taken care well by your love.
    I used to have a source of Mosaic Monday but it is missing now!I hope it will happen to appear some day.
    Happy day!

  34. How nice you get to try out the new samples. I really like the Pegasus and if you hadn't done the colors I probably would not have noticed the pink! Also nice to see your fairy garden again.

  35. Beautiful photos! I love the reds and blues of the annuals together. They look great!

  36. Drought tolerant plants always catch my eye, and like you, I'm no fan of orange flowers but that plant could make me reconsider!


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