As a part of the 2011 Wave Research Team, I planted six four-inch pots of Angelonia Serena 'Blue' in my garden in mid-May. Since that time, they've done nothing but perform and have quickly become one of my favorite annuals this summer. Their flower spikes seem almost everlasting, as I haven't once seen one that needed removal. Yet, new spikes continue to be produced from increasingly larger plants.
The instructions supplied by Ball as a part of the research team suggested weekly fertilizer applications. This border was recently amended with 6-8 inches of garden compost, so I've only supplemented with liquid Miracle-Gro fertilizer once this summer. The application certainly accelerated foliage growth and flower production significantly.
The Serena series from Ball Horticulture is the first and only seed-grown Angelonia and includes lavender, purple and white varieties. 'Blue' is a brand new variety that will be available to growers and consumers in 2012.
As a part of the Wave Research Team, I was sent these plants at no cost to me. In return, I agreed to relate my impressions and experience back to Ball Horticulture. There was no requirement that I write about or photograph these plants as a part of the project.