During one of the floral industry’s biggest flower competitions this past summer, a panel of floral experts evaluated 254 types of flowers and choose the best in 11 categories. Earlier, we looked at what the experts considered as the four best types of roses, and then we saw four outstanding pink flowers. Here is a look at the final three honorees at the last Outstanding Varieties Competition.

Best Chrysanthemum: Booya! ‘Anastasia Sunny’ is big, brilliantly bright, ducky yellow, full of texture, fun and guaranteed to make you smile. Look for it in showy floral display pieces at big events, or send it to loved ones to make their day.

‘Anastasia Sunny’ - Photo Courtesy Betsy Hansen betsyhansen.com

‘Anastasia Sunny’ – Photo Courtesy Betsy Hansen betsyhansen.com

Best Decorative Foliage: This leucadendron has an impressive amount of flowers per stem. The flowers of ‘Cream Delight’ are not quite yellow, not quite green, contrasting beautifully with its reddish brown stem. It draws you in and adds texture. It’s versatile — send it in floral arrangements to sophisticated on-trend friends or use it to enhance wedding arrangements with a rustic theme.

'Cream Delight’ - Photo Courtesy Betsy Hansen betsyhansen.com

‘Cream Delight’ – Photo Courtesy Betsy Hansen betsyhansen.com

Best Other Flower: Banskia is an Australian wildflower characterized by flower spikes and fruiting cone heads. With intense color and awesome texture, ‘Scarlet’ is wild looking and far from ordinary. It adds natural pizzazz to whimsical floral gifts, or have fun with it and use it as a Homecoming or Mardi Gras scepter.

'Scarlet’ - Photo Courtesy Betsy Hansen betsyhansen.com

‘Scarlet’ – Photo Courtesy Betsy Hansen betsyhansen.com

Flowers come in all sizes, shapes and colors. Check out the different varieties of flowers available at your local professional florist.

What makes a flower outstanding to you?

This is the third in a three-part series.

Read the first in the series, “Four Outstanding Roses in 2015.”

Read the second in the series, “Four Outstanding (and Pink) Flowers in 2015.”

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