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  • Vanderwolf Pyramid, Limber Pine - 2019 Pinus flexilis
    Vanderwolf Pyramid, Limber Pine
    2019 Pinus flexilis
  • Vanderwolf Pyramid, Limber Pine - 2019 Pinus flexilis
    Vanderwolf Pyramid, Limber Pine
    2019 Pinus flexilis
  • Double Take™ series, Flowering Quince - 2019 Chaenomeles speciosa
    Double Take™ series, Flowering Quince
    2019 Chaenomeles speciosa
  • Double Take™ series, Flowering Quince - 2019 Chaenomeles speciosa
    Double Take™ series, Flowering Quince
    2019 Chaenomeles speciosa
  • Rattlesnake Master - 2019 Eryngium yuccifolium
    Rattlesnake Master
    2019 Eryngium yuccifolium
  • Rattlesnake Master - 2019 Eryngium yuccifolium
    Rattlesnake Master
    2019 Eryngium yuccifolium
  • Graffiti® series, Star Flower - 2019 Pentas lanceolata
    Graffiti® series, Star Flower
    2019 Pentas lanceolata
  • Graffiti® series, Star Flower - 2019 Pentas lanceolata
    Graffiti® series, Star Flower
    2019 Pentas lanceolata
  • Graffiti® series, Star Flower - 2019 Pentas lanceolata
    Graffiti® series, Star Flower
    2019 Pentas lanceolata
  • Japanese Zelkova - 2018 Zelkova serrata 'Schmidtlow Wireless'
    Japanese Zelkova
    2018 Zelkova serrata 'Schmidtlow Wireless'
  • Japanese Zelkova - 2018 Zelkova serrata 'Musashino'
    Japanese Zelkova
    2018 Zelkova serrata 'Musashino'
  • Japanese Zelkova - 2018 Zelkova serrata 'Ogon'
    Japanese Zelkova
    2018 Zelkova serrata 'Ogon'
  • Bush Clover 'Gibraltar' - 2018 Lespedeza thunbergii subsp. thunbergii
    Bush Clover 'Gibraltar'
    2018 Lespedeza thunbergii subsp. thunbergii
  • Bush Clover ‘Gibraltar’ - 2018 Lespedeza thunbergii subsp. thunbergii
    Bush Clover ‘Gibraltar’
    2018 Lespedeza thunbergii subsp. thunbergii
  • Indian pink - 2018 Spigelia marilandica
    Indian pink
    2018 Spigelia marilandica
  • Indian pink - 2018 Spigelia marilandica
    Indian pink
    2018 Spigelia marilandica
  • Supertunia® Vista Bubblegum® - 2018 Petunia 'Ustuni6001'
    Supertunia® Vista Bubblegum®
    2018 Petunia 'Ustuni6001'
  • Supertunia® Vista Bubblegum® - 2018 Petunia 'Ustuni6001'
    Supertunia® Vista Bubblegum®
    2018 Petunia 'Ustuni6001'
  • Chinese Date - 2017 Ziziphus jujuba
    Chinese Date
    2017 Ziziphus jujuba
  • Ziziphus Fruit - 2017 Chinese Date
    Ziziphus Fruit
    2017 Chinese Date
  • Fringetree - 2017 Chionanthus cultivars
    Fringetree
    2017 Chionanthus cultivars
  • Fringetree - 2017 Chionanthus Virginicus
    Fringetree
    2017 Chionanthus Virginicus
  • Chioanthus - 2017 virgincus
    Chioanthus
    2017 virgincus
  • Chionanthus Fruit - 2017 Chionanthus
    Chionanthus Fruit
    2017 Chionanthus
  • Dwarf Palmetto - 2017 Sabal minor
    Dwarf Palmetto
    2017 Sabal minor
  • Dwarf Palmetto - 2017 Sabal minor
    Dwarf Palmetto
    2017 Sabal minor
  • Milkweed - 2017 Asclepias
    Milkweed
    2017 Asclepias
  • Milkweed - 2017 Asclepias
    Milkweed
    2017 Asclepias
  • Milkweed - 2017 Asclepias
    Milkweed
    2017 Asclepias
  • Firecracker Flower - 2017 Crossandra infundibuliformis
    Firecracker Flower
    2017 Crossandra infundibuliformis
  • Firecracker Flower - 2017 Crossandra infindibuliformis
    Firecracker Flower
    2017 Crossandra infindibuliformis
  • Firecracker Flower Red - 2017 Crossandra infindibuliformis
    Firecracker Flower Red
    2017 Crossandra infindibuliformis
  • Deciduous Cultivars - 2016 Magnolia
    Deciduous Cultivars
    2016 Magnolia
  • Magnolia - 2016 Elizabeth
    Magnolia
    2016 Elizabeth
  • Magnolia - 2016 Elizabeth
    Magnolia
    2016 Elizabeth
  • Deciduous Cultivars - 2016 Magnolia
    Deciduous Cultivars
    2016 Magnolia
  • Escarpment Oak - 2016 Quercus fusiformis
    Escarpment Oak
    2016 Quercus fusiformis
  • Escarpment Live Oak - 2016 Acorn
    Escarpment Live Oak
    2016 Acorn
  • Yucca - 2016 Yucca filamentosa
    Yucca
    2016 Yucca filamentosa
  • Color Guard Yacca - 2016 Yucca filamentosa
    Color Guard Yacca
    2016 Yucca filamentosa
  • Sedge - 2016 Carex species
    Sedge
    2016 Carex species
  • Sedge - 2016 Carex species
    Sedge
    2016 Carex species
  • Vinca - 2016 Catharanthus
    Vinca
    2016 Catharanthus
  • Vinca - 2016 Catharanthus
    Vinca
    2016 Catharanthus
  • Vinca - 2016 Catharanthus
    Vinca
    2016 Catharanthus
  • Black Gum - 2015 Nyssa sylvatica
    Black Gum
    2015 Nyssa sylvatica
  • Hedge Maple - 2015 Acer campestre
    Hedge Maple
    2015 Acer campestre
  • Barberry - 2015 Berberis thunbergii
    Barberry
    2015 Berberis thunbergii
  • Volcano Phlox - 2015 Phlox paniculata
    Volcano Phlox
    2015 Phlox paniculata
  • Spider Flower - 2015 Cleome hybrids
    Spider Flower
    2015 Cleome hybrids
  • Seven-son-flower - 2014 Heptacodium miconioides
    Seven-son-flower
    2014 Heptacodium miconioides
  • Seven-son-flower - 2014 Heptacodium miconioides
    Seven-son-flower
    2014 Heptacodium miconioides
  • Desert-willow cultivars - 2014 Chilopsis liners
    Desert-willow cultivars
    2014 Chilopsis liners
  • Desert-willow cultivars - 2014 Chilopsis Flower
    Desert-willow cultivars
    2014 Chilopsis Flower
  • ‘Christom’  Blue Muffin® - 2014 Viburnum dentatum
    ‘Christom’ Blue Muffin®
    2014 Viburnum dentatum
  • ‘Christom’ Blue Muffin® Fruit - 2014 Viburnum dentatum
    ‘Christom’ Blue Muffin® Fruit
    2014 Viburnum dentatum
  • Switch Grass - 2014 Panicum virgatum cultivars
    Switch Grass
    2014 Panicum virgatum cultivars
  • 'Big Twister' Corkscrew Rush - 2014 Juncus effusus 'Big Twister'
    'Big Twister' Corkscrew Rush
    2014 Juncus effusus 'Big Twister'
  • Fruit Collection - 2013 Fruit Collection
    Fruit Collection
    2013 Fruit Collection
  • Fruit Collection - 2013 Fruit Collection
    Fruit Collection
    2013 Fruit Collection
  • Winterberry Euonymus - 2013 Euonymus bungeanus
    Winterberry Euonymus
    2013 Euonymus bungeanus
  • Winterberry Fruit - 2013 Winterberry Fruit
    Winterberry Fruit
    2013 Winterberry Fruit
  • Chaste Tree - 2013 Vitex
    Chaste Tree
    2013 Vitex
  • Chaste Tree Flower - 2013 Chaste Tree Flower
    Chaste Tree Flower
    2013 Chaste Tree Flower
  • ‘Walker’s Low’  Catmint  - 2013 Nepeta x faassenii
    ‘Walker’s Low’ Catmint
    2013 Nepeta x faassenii
  • Dakota Gold - 2013 Helenium 'Dakota Gold'
    Dakota Gold
    2013 Helenium 'Dakota Gold'
  • Dakota Gold - 2013 Dakota Gold
    Dakota Gold
    2013 Dakota Gold
  • Tiger Eye - 2012 Rhus typhina
    Tiger Eye
    2012 Rhus typhina
  • Chinkapin Oak - 2012 Chinkapin Oak
    Chinkapin Oak
    2012 Chinkapin Oak
  • Juniper 'Taylor' - 2012 Juniperus virginiana 'Tylor'
    Juniper 'Taylor'
    2012 Juniperus virginiana 'Tylor'
  • Icee Blue - 2012 J. horizontalis 'Monber'
    Icee Blue
    2012 J. horizontalis 'Monber'
  • 'Saybrook Gold' - 2012 J. chinensis 'Saybrook Gold'
    'Saybrook Gold'
    2012 J. chinensis 'Saybrook Gold'
  • Arkansas Bluestar - 2012 Amsonia hubrichtii
    Arkansas Bluestar
    2012 Amsonia hubrichtii
  • Arkansas Bluestar - 2012 Amsonia hubrichtii
    Arkansas Bluestar
    2012 Amsonia hubrichtii
  • Arkansas Bluestar - 2012 Amsonia hubrichtii
    Arkansas Bluestar
    2012 Amsonia hubrichtii
  • Magilla™ Perilla - 2012 Perilla frutescens
    Magilla™ Perilla
    2012 Perilla frutescens
  • Silver Linden - 2011 Titia tomentosa
    Silver Linden
    2011 Titia tomentosa
  • Silver Linden - 2011 Tilia tomentosa
    Silver Linden
    2011 Tilia tomentosa
  • 'New Harmony' American Elm - 2011 Ulmus americana
    'New Harmony' American Elm
    2011 Ulmus americana
  • Little Richard - 2011 Abelia x grandiflora
    Little Richard
    2011 Abelia x grandiflora
  • Kaleidoscope - 2011 Abelia x grandiflora
    Kaleidoscope
    2011 Abelia x grandiflora
  • Rose Creek' Abeia - 2011 Abelia
    Rose Creek' Abeia
    2011 Abelia
  • Giant Coneflower - 2011 Rudbeckia maxima
    Giant Coneflower
    2011 Rudbeckia maxima
  • Giant Coneflower - 2011 Rudbeckia maxima
    Giant Coneflower
    2011 Rudbeckia maxima
  • Pink Crystal Ruby Grass - 2011 Melinus nerviglumis 'Savannah'
    Pink Crystal Ruby Grass
    2011 Melinus nerviglumis 'Savannah'
  • Pink Crystals Ruby Grass - 2011 Melinus nerviglumis
    Pink Crystals Ruby Grass
    2011 Melinus nerviglumis
  • 'Caddo' Sugar Maple - 2010 Acer saccharum 'Caddo'
    'Caddo' Sugar Maple
    2010 Acer saccharum 'Caddo'
  • Indian Cherry - 2010 Rhamuns carolinians
    Indian Cherry
    2010 Rhamuns carolinians
  • Koreanspice Viburnum - 2010 Viburnum carlesii
    Koreanspice Viburnum
    2010 Viburnum carlesii
  • Toad Lily - 2010 Tricyrtis hirta
    Toad Lily
    2010 Tricyrtis hirta
  • Silver Falls Dichondra - 2010 Dichondra argentea
    Silver Falls Dichondra
    2010 Dichondra argentea
  • Persian Parrotia - 2009 Parrotia persica
    Persian Parrotia
    2009 Parrotia persica
  • Parrotia Bark - 2009 Persian Parrotia Bark
    Parrotia Bark
    2009 Persian Parrotia Bark
  • Arizona Cypress - 2009 Cupressus arizonica
    Arizona Cypress
    2009 Cupressus arizonica
  • Cyress Bark - 2009 Arizona Cyress Bark
    Cyress Bark
    2009 Arizona Cyress Bark
  • Chokebeery - 2009 Aronia
    Chokebeery
    2009 Aronia
  • Chokebeery Fruit - 2009Chokebeery Fruit
    Chokebeery Fruit
    2009Chokebeery Fruit
  • Mexican Feather Grass - 2009 Nassella tenuissima
    Mexican Feather Grass
    2009 Nassella tenuissima
  • Diamond Frost Euphorbia - 2009 Euphorbia 'Inneuphdia'
    Diamond Frost Euphorbia
    2009 Euphorbia 'Inneuphdia'
  • Bosnian Pine - 2008 Pinus heldreichii
    Bosnian Pine
    2008 Pinus heldreichii
  • American Beautyberry - 2008 Callicarpa americana
    American Beautyberry
    2008 Callicarpa americana
  • Hellebore - 2008 Helleborus
    Hellebore
    2008 Helleborus
  • Spilanthes - 2008 Acmella oleracea 'Peek-A-Boo'
    Spilanthes
    2008 Acmella oleracea 'Peek-A-Boo'
  • Oklahoma Redbud - 2007 Cercis canadensis var. texensis
    Oklahoma Redbud
    2007 Cercis canadensis var. texensis
  • Southern Waxmyrtle - 2007 Myrica cerifera
    Southern Waxmyrtle
    2007 Myrica cerifera
  • Evening Primrose - 2007 Oenothera macrocarpa
    Evening Primrose
    2007 Oenothera macrocarpa
  • Blanket Flower - 2007 Gaillardia
    Blanket Flower
    2007 Gaillardia
  • ‘Prairifire’ Crabapple - 2006 Malus ' Prairifire'
    ‘Prairifire’ Crabapple
    2006 Malus ' Prairifire'
  • Diabolo® Ninebark - 2006 Physocarpus opulifolius 'Monlo'
    Diabolo® Ninebark
    2006 Physocarpus opulifolius 'Monlo'
  • 'Golden Jubilee' Anise Hyssop - 2006 Agastache foeniculum 'Golden Jubilee'
    'Golden Jubilee' Anise Hyssop
    2006 Agastache foeniculum 'Golden Jubilee'
  • Wishbone Flower - 2006 Torenia fournirez
    Wishbone Flower
    2006 Torenia fournirez
  • Cedar Elm - 2005 Ulmus crassifolia
    Cedar Elm
    2005 Ulmus crassifolia
  • Cedar Elm - 2005 Ulmus crassifolia
    Cedar Elm
    2005 Ulmus crassifolia
  • Crossvine - 2005 Bignonia capreolata
    Crossvine
    2005 Bignonia capreolata
  • Perennial Plumbago - 2005 Ceratostigma plumbaginoides
    Perennial Plumbago
    2005 Ceratostigma plumbaginoides
  • Summer Snapdragon - 2005 Angelonia angustifolia
    Summer Snapdragon
    2005 Angelonia angustifolia
  • Shantung Maple - 2004 Acer truncatum
    Shantung Maple
    2004 Acer truncatum
  • Winter Jasmine - 2004 Jasminum nudiflorum
    Winter Jasmine
    2004 Jasminum nudiflorum
  • Autumn Sage - 2004 Salvia greggii 'Pink Perfernce'
    Autumn Sage
    2004 Salvia greggii 'Pink Perfernce'
  • Firebush - 2004 Hamelia patens
    Firebush
    2004 Hamelia patens
  • Kentucky Coffee Tree - 2003 Gymnocladus dioica
    Kentucky Coffee Tree
    2003 Gymnocladus dioica
  • Pink Velour® Crape Myrtle - 2003 Lagerstroemia indica 'Whit III'
    Pink Velour® Crape Myrtle
    2003 Lagerstroemia indica 'Whit III'
  • Japanese Painted Fern - 2003 Athyrium nipponicum
    Japanese Painted Fern
    2003 Athyrium nipponicum
  • Yellow Bells - 2003 Tecoma stans
    Yellow Bells
    2003 Tecoma stans
  • Bur Oak - 2002 Quercus macrocarpa
    Bur Oak
    2002 Quercus macrocarpa
  • Japanese Kerria - 2002 Kerria japonica
    Japanese Kerria
    2002 Kerria japonica
  • 'Magnus' Purple Coneflower - 2002 Echinacea purpurea 'Magnus'
    'Magnus' Purple Coneflower
    2002 Echinacea purpurea 'Magnus'
  • 'Margarita' Sweet Potato - 2002 Echinacea purpurea 'Margarita'
    'Margarita' Sweet Potato
    2002 Echinacea purpurea 'Margarita'
  • Shumard Oak - 2001 Quercus shumardii
    Shumard Oak
    2001 Quercus shumardii
  • Deciduous Holly - 2001 Ilex decidua
    Deciduous Holly
    2001 Ilex decidua
  • 'Siskiyou Pink' Gaura - 2001 Gaura lindheimeri 'Siskiyou Pink'
    'Siskiyou Pink' Gaura
    2001 Gaura lindheimeri 'Siskiyou Pink'
  • Mexican Zinnia - 2001 Zinnia angustifolia
    Mexican Zinnia
    2001 Zinnia angustifolia
  • Bald Cypress - 2000 Taxodium distichum
    Bald Cypress
    2000 Taxodium distichum
  • 'Magic Carpet' Spirea - 2000 Spiraea japonica 'Magic Carpet
    'Magic Carpet' Spirea
    2000 Spiraea japonica 'Magic Carpet
  • 'Homestead Purple' Verbena - 2000 Verbena canadensis 'Homestead Purple'
    'Homestead Purple' Verbena
    2000 Verbena canadensis 'Homestead Purple'
  • Fan Flower - 2000 Scaevola aemula
    Fan Flower
    2000 Scaevola aemula
  • Chinese Pistache - 1999 Pistacia chinensis
    Chinese Pistache
    1999 Pistacia chinensis
  • Oakleaf Hydrangea - 1999 Hydrangea quercifolia
    Oakleaf Hydrangea
    1999 Hydrangea quercifolia
  • 'Powis Castle' - 1999 Artemisia 'Powis Castle'
    'Powis Castle'
    1999 Artemisia 'Powis Castle'
  • Purple Fountain Grass - 1999 Pennisetum setaceum
    Purple Fountain Grass
    1999 Pennisetum setaceum

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Oklahoma Proven is a plant promotion program coordinated by faculty in the Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture at Oklahoma State University. The goal of the program is to recommend plants well-adapted for use across Oklahoma.

 

 

 

Annual for 2019

Graffiti® series, Star Flower

Pentas lanceolata

Considered to be the most uniform in habit as well as bloom time, Graffiti® comes in several colors, pink, purple, bright red, rose and white and grows to 16 inches high and 12 inches wide making it a great plant for containers or in a flower bed.

Graffiti® plants are very heat- and drought-resistant and make great cut-flowers. With its tightly clustered flowers that sit above the foliage in bright colors that have an abundance of nectar, Graffiti® pentas are a sure attractant for butterflies and hummingbirds throughout the summer months.

Like all Pentas, Graffiti® prefers soil that is not too rich; if it's a bit on the dry side, all the better. Heat, sun, and good drainage will have the plants blooming heartily all summer long.

  • Exposure: Full sun to part shade
  • Soil: Moderately moist, well-drained soil
  • Hardiness: Use as an annual

 

 

 

Annual for 2018

Supertunia® Vista Bubblegum®

Petunia 'Ustuni6001'

Supertunia Vista Bubblegum is a vigorous petunia that requires very little care once established. Unlike some other petunias Vista Bubblegum is a self-deadheading variety that blooms continuously until the first killing frosts. With its bright bubblegum pink flowers Vista Bubblegum is a mounding, trailing form to 18-24 inches high and just as wide that looks spectacular spilling over the edge of a container or retaining wall or spreading out in a flower bed.

For the most vigorous plants fertilize them with a slow release fertilizer at planting and then follow up throughout the summer with a water soluble fertilizer applied when watering. Even though no dead-heading is needed, Vista Bubblegum responds well to a light trimming in early July.

  • Exposure: Full sun to part shade
  • Soil: Moist, well-drained soil
  • Hardiness: Use as an annual

 

 

 

Annual for 2017

Firecracker Flower

Crossandra infundibuliformis

Firecracker flower, is native to India and Sri Lanka where it is a tropical evergreen subshrub that grows 1-3 feet tall. Flowers are apricot to salmon pink in color and form in terminal racemes. Yellow and red flowered forms are also available. Plants bloom throughout the summer and attract pollinators. Leaves of firecracker flower are shiny dark green. ‘Orange Marmalade’ has long lasting blooms on a plant that thrives with heat and humidity. Large clusters of frilly, bright orange flowers shine against the glossy green foliage.

Firecracker flower prefers light, organically rich, medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun or part shade, but will tolerate bright full shade. Plants thrive in warm, humid weather and have no serious insect or disease problems. Firecracker flower is beautiful in beds, borders, containers or as a houseplant.

  • Exposure: Full sun to part shade
  • Soil: Moist, well-drained soil
  • Hardiness: Use as an annual

 

 

 

Annual for 2016

Annual Vinca (improved, resistant varieties)

Catharanthus

Annual vinca, also goes by Madagascar periwinkle and other common names, tolerates the heat and humidity of the southeast. Full sun and warm soil temperature is required for this species to thrive and it is tolerant of low fertility soils and is drought tolerant. Flower colors come in shades of white, pink, red, and purple. Plants grow 6 to 12 inches tall and 8 to 24 inches wide depending on cultivar. Improved cultivars provide an abundance of flowers on stocky plants and disease resistance, which is very important with this species. Improved cultivars include plants in the Cora series, Mediterranean series, Titan series, and many others.

  • Exposure: Full sun to part shade
  • Soil: Well-drained, slightly dry soil
  • Hardiness: Use as an annual

 

 

 

Annual for 2015

Spider Flower (improved varieties)

Cleome hybrids

Spider flower is a unique plant with palmately compound leaves, interesting, fragrant flowers, and an old fashion look. Flowers have abnormally long stamens that gives the flower a frilly look and is likely where the common name of Spider flower comes from, resembling spider legs. Flower colors come in shades white, pink, blue, and purple. Plants can grow 3 to 6 feet tall depending on cultivar. Improved cultivar provide an abundance of flowers on stocky plants. Improved cultivars include plants in the Sparkler series, the Spirit series, and Senorita Rosalita (vivid pink blooms) and Senorita Blanca (white blooms with pale lavender blush). Spider flower attracts butterflies and hummingbirds and goes well with a cottage style, wildflower design, or mixed border.

  • Exposure: Full sun to part shade
  • Soil: Moist, well-drained soil
  • Hardiness: Use as an annual

 

 

 

Annual for 2014

‘Big Twister’ Corkscrew Rush

Juncus effusus 'Big Twister'

Corkscrew rush with its uniquely twisted stems, though relatively small (18-24” high and wide), still commands attention in any garden space. The stems curl and spiral creating a tangled mass. Corkscrew rush grows in full sun or part shade and prefers moist soils. Happy even submerged in water, it is perfect for a water garden. Corkscrew Rush also is an excellent accent plant for containers. Though considered hardy to about zone 6, it tends to be more of a tender perennial in our area. Its annual nature may be due to the dry winters and the drastic temperature fluctuations we often experience .

  • Exposure: Full sun to part shade
  • Soil: Very moist to wet, acidic
  • Hardiness: Use as an annual

 

 

 

Annual for 2013

Dakota Gold, Sneeseweed

Helenium 'Dakota Gold'

Common names for Helenium include sneezeweed and bitterweed, a native wildflower of Texas. Dakota Gold is a cultivar with excellent ornamental qualities and because it is native to Texas it is also very tough and tolerates heat and dry conditions. Dakota Gold grows as low, 6” to 8” mounded cushions, of fine, dark green foliage covered with golden yellow flowers all summer long. Dakota Gold looks great in beds, containers, rock gardens, borders, and as an accent.

  • Exposure: Full sun
  • Soil: Almost any soil (well-drained)
  • Hardiness: Use as an annual

 

 

 

Annual for 2012

Magilla™ Perilla

Perilla frutescens Magilla™

Known for its brightly colored leaves of dark purple to hot pink and green, Magilla Perilla is a vigorous annual. Magilla Perilla is a coleus look-alike, is in the same family as coleus, and has similar characteristics and growing needs. The species, Perilla frutescens, can be weedy, but Magilla is well behaved due to sterile seeds. It grows into a 24” tall mound and is heat tolerant. Magilla Perilla looks great in beds, mixed borders, and is spectacular in a container planting.

  • Exposure: Full sun to part shade
  • Soil: Well-drained, moist
  • Hardiness: Use as an annual

 

 

 

Annual for 2011

Pink Crystals Ruby Grass

Melinus nerviglumis 'Savannah'

Pink Crystals Ruby Grass is a warm season grass that likes it hot and performs best in those conditions. Growing only 18 to 22” tall, it is an attractive ornamental grass with blue green foliage and ruby-pink blooms with glistening silky hairs in late spring. Flowers retain their color even when dried and may be used for cut flower arrangements. Pink Crystals Ruby Grass is excellent in beds, borders, and is spectacular in a container planting.

  • Exposure: Full sun to part shade
  • Soil: Well-drained
  • Hardiness: Use as an annual

 

 

 

Annual for 2010

Silver Falls Dichondra

Dichondra argentea

‘Silver Falls’ Dichondra was selected for its very low growing, creeping trailing habit and beautiful silvery gray leaves that are shaped like miniature lily pads. Silver Falls is actually a selection of a dichondra species native to southwest Texas and Mexico so it is quite heat and drought tolerant. Growing only 2” tall and 3’ to 4’ wide it is an attractive groundcover, but is also spectacular in a container planting or hanging basket, spilling over a retaining wall, or when used in a rock garden.

  • Exposure: Full sun to part shade
  • Soil: Well-drained
  • Hardiness: Use as an annual

 

 

 

Annual for 2009

Diamond Frost® Euphorbia

Euphorbia 'Inneuphdia'

Euphorbia is a fine-textured mounding plant used as an annual in Oklahoma. The simple white flowers bloom from spring until first frost and the plant forms a 2’ to 3’ sphere. Diamond Frost® can be used as a mass planting, alone in a container, or mixed with almost any other plant. Its fine sprays of foliage and flowers will weave through other plants making it a perfect complement for almost anything from poinsettias to petunias. It is an excellent background plant, filler, or specimen, proving to be an extremely beautiful and versatile new introduction.

  • Exposure: Full sun to part shade
  • Soil: Moist, well-drained
  • Hardiness: Use as an annual

 

 

 

Annual for 2008

Spilanthes

Acmella oleracea 'Peek-A-Boo'

‘Peek-A-Boo’ Spilanthes was selected for its yellow flowers, each with a red eye poking up out of the foliage. The green foliage has a purple tinge in full sun turning more purple as fall approaches and the foliage can be used in salads or cooked as a green. Spilanthes is also known as the Toothache Plant because it has been used to numb pain. In the garden it is a great conversation piece when combined with other plants in a mixed container or it can be used as a flowering groundcover growing 12 to 15 inches tall and spreading 24 to 30 inches.

  • Exposure: Full sun to part shade
  • Soil: Moist, well-drained
  • Hardiness: Use as an annual

 

 

 

Annual for 2007

Blanket Flower

Gaillardia

Gaillardia is a genus of native wildflowers that have captivated gardeners with bright red and yellow flowers and an ability to bloom in hot, dry conditions. The native species, Gaillardia pulchella, is Oklahoma’s state wildflower and makes an excellent garden plant. Hybrids (Gaillardia x grandiflora) and new cultivars have been introduced that expand the color range and form of Gaillardia including: ‘Goblin’ (dwarf form), ‘Fanfare’ (interesting trumpet-shaped flowers around the central disc), ‘Arizona Sun’ (compact plants with a long period of bloom), and ‘Summer’s Kiss’ (yellow-apricot flowers), among others. Gaillardia is often a perennial, but it also reseeds readily creating drifts of color in the garden or meadow. Allow the seed heads to dry on the plant for maximum reseeding and floral display the following summer.

  • Exposure: Full sun
  • Soil: Well-drained
  • Hardiness: USDA Zone 4

 

 

 

Annual for 2006

Wishbone Flower, Summer Wave™ Series

Torenia fournieri

The Summer Wave™ Series is a collection of hybrid Torenia, or wishbone flowers, that thrive in the summer heat. The plants form a 6" high by 12" wide mound that is great for the border, in a pot, or mixed with other plants in a larger container. The Summer Wave™ Series is comprised of the following cultivars: ‘Amethyst’, ‘Blue’, ‘Large Violet’, and ‘Lavender Blue’. Each produces flowers from spring until fall, and each flower has a wishbone at its center, thus the name.

  • Exposure: Partial shade
  • Soil: Moist, well-drained
  • Hardiness: Use as an annual

 

 

 

Annual for 2005

Summer Snapdragon

Angelonia angustifolia

Summer snapdragon is a tropical sub-shrub that can be used as an annual in Oklahoma and will bloom from summer until the first frost. Orchid-like flowers are produced on 2' tall spikes and depending on cultivar, flower color ranges from blue to purple, pink, or white with bicolor forms also available. Summer snapdragon may be used as a bedding plant, to add color to a mixed border, or in a container. It is drought tolerant and loves full sun and summer heat.

  • Exposure: Full Sun
  • Soil: Well-drained
  • Hardiness: Use as an annual

 

 

 

Annual for 2004

Firebush

Hamelia patens

This Central and South American native is a small tree when grown in the deep South but is best used as a heat tolerant annual in Oklahoma. The lush green foliage can produce a dense mound over three feet high in full sun and color is added by the interesting orange-red flowers and the reddish tinge on the leaf petioles. Firebush thrives in the summer heat and attracts hummingbirds and butterflies to the garden.

  • Exposure: Full
  • Soil: Well-drained
  • Hardiness: Use as an annual

 

 

 

Annual for 2003

Yellow Bells

Tecoma stans

Yellow Bells is a tropical shrub used as an annual in Oklahoma. It can reach a height of three feet and produces striking yellow flowers above glossy green leaves from summer until frost. Orange flowering cultivars are also available. Give this plant a southern exposure; it loves the heat and sun.

  • Sun Exposure: Full
  • Soil: Moist, well-drained
  • Hardiness: Use as an annual

 

 

 

Annual for 2002

Margarita Sweet Potato

Ipomoea batatas 'Margarita'

Margarita is a spreading vine with chartreuse leaves, excellent as a ground cover or as a potted plant. This striking new cultivar tolerates full sun to partial shade and can grow to 8 inches tall and 20 feet long. It is shown here with Fan Flower and Purple Fountain Grass, previous Oklahoma Proven selections.

  • Sun Exposure: Full sun to partial shade
  • Soil: Well-drained
  • Hardiness: Use as an annual

 

 

 

Annual for 2001

Mexican Zinnia

Zinnia angustifolia

Several cultivars of Mexican Zinnia are available with white, yellow, or orange flowers that bloom all summer. All thrive in the heat, are mildew resistant, and make excellent 1-foot-tall compact plants for containers, bedding, or edging.

  • Sun Exposure: Full
  • Soil: Well-drained
  • Hardiness: Use as an annual

 

 

 

Annual for 2000

Fan Flower

Scaevola aemula

Fan Flower is an evergreen tropical used as an annual in temperate climates. This low-growing plant carpets the ground with flowers all season long when grown in full sun. It prefers a moist, well-drained soil but is quite drought tolerant once established.

  • Sun exposure: Full
  • Soil: Moist, well-drained
  • Hardiness: Use as an annual

 

 

 

Annual for 1999

Purple Fountain Grass

Pennisetum setaceum

Growing 3’ to 4’ high, this heat and drought tolerant plant blooms all summer until frost. It provides dramatic accent in sunny beds and borders, with purple leaves and bristled flower spikes providing color and texture throughout the season.

  • Sun Exposure: Full
  • Soil: Moist, well-drained
  • Hardiness: Use as an annual