2010 Trials

The best varieties of 2010 from the Organic Gardening test gardens

By Doug Hall

Photography by Christa Neu


‘Strawberry Blonde’ calendula
Source: High Mowing Seeds


Unlike the usual brilliant orange and yellow of most calendulas, ‘Strawberry Blonde’ blooms in subtle pastels—a pretty, mild-mannered flower.

“This one is gorgeous! The flowers are big for a calendula. I’ve been cutting them to admire inside even though they last only a few days.” —Debbie Leung, Olympia, Washington


‘Dawn Star’ morning glory
Source: Renee’s Garden
morning glory

A small morning glory with pale blooms, ‘Dawn Star’ twined to the top of a 12-foot vine pole in the center of the test garden.

“It took a long time to bloom, but when it did, the flowers didn’t close up in the afternoon, which made it well worth the wait.” —Barbara Miller, Boulder, Colorado