During the Society of American Florists’ Outstanding Flower Varieties Competition last September, a panel of floral experts evaluated 184 types of flowers during one of the floral industry’s biggest flower competitions. They awarded 11 “Best in Class” ribbons to the flowers that earned top marks in their category, such as best rose or best carnation. Earlier, we looked at five of them, including the Best in Show and People’s Choice pick. Here is a look at three more. This is the second in a three-part series.

Best Potted Flowering Plant: African violets make delightful gifts for any occasion. ‘Ingrid’ is hailed as the “start of a new generation” of African violets. The judges adored its perfect pink, semi-double flowers and its full, lush leaves.

‘Ingrid’ African Violet

Best Decorative Foliage: ‘Tetragona’ is a eucalyptus full of gray-blue green leaves and silvery-white tones along the length of the steams and leaves. The nuts make a naturally chic addition to floral arrangements. You might have seen ‘Tetragona’ on stylish Christmas wreaths or formal bridal bouquets.

‘Tetragona’ eucalyptus

Best Other Cut Flower: If you’re a bride-to-be who wants to mix an edgy and cool aesthetic with soft, feminine colors, check out ‘Blushing’ Serruria. You’ll love its texture and white and pink color. Your parents will enjoy its history: Serruria, one of the most delicate flowers in the Proteaceae family, was technically extinct in the wild for almost a century until an accidental fire germinated seeds in South Africa’s Franschhoek Mountains. Conservation efforts in the 1960s and ’70s saved it.

Blushing’ Serruria

Flowers come in hundreds of sizes, shapes, and colors. Ask your florist about the different types of flowers and potted blooming plants they have. You’ll surprised by the array of options.

What is the most unusual flower you’ve ever seen?

This is the second in a three-part series.

Read the first in the series, “Outstanding Flowers for 2017.”

Read the third in the series, “Three Outstanding Roses for 2017.” (Coming soon!)

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