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2013 All-America Selection Winners

submitted by Sarah Browning, UNL Extension Educator

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All-America Selections (AAS) celebrates 81 years of testing and introducing improved flowers and vegetables. Founded in 1932 to foster the development, production and distribution of new and improved horticultural and agricultural varieties of flowers, bedding plants and vegetables in North America, the organization evaluates plants at a network of almost 200 display gardens across the United States and Canada. Selection as an AAS Award winner recognizes a flower or vegetable for significant achievements, proven to be superior to all others on the market.

In 2013, AAS announces two flower award winners' 'South Pacific Scarlet' Canna, and 'Cheyenne Spirit' Echinacea, and one bedding plant award winner 'Pinto Premium White to Rose' Geranium.

'South Pacific Scarlet' canna will add a touch of the tropics to your garden with showy, 4" flowers that bloom all summer long in a delicious shade of scarlet. 'South Pacific' boasts 6-7 flower stems per plant and delivers larger flowers than other seed-grown cannas. The scarlet flowers appear early, bloom consistently all summer and withstand a light frost better than comparisons. As with other cannas, 'South Pacific' tolerates wet conditions so it can be used as a pond border or in other similar growing conditions. Cannas are perennial, that are treat like annuals by Nebraska gardeners, or rhizomes can be dug before first frost and stored properly for the next season. 'South Pacific' grows up 4-5' tall, 12-18 inches wide, and works well in groupings as specimen plants or a back-of-the-border focal point. Seed is available from Park Seed, and R.H. Schumways.

'Cheyenne Spirit' Echinacea is a stunning first-year flowering coneflower that captures the spirit of the North American plains by producing a delightful mix of flower colors from rich purple, pink, red and orange tones to lighter yellows, creams and white. The variety of intense, bright colors adds sparkle to the garden from mid-summer through fall. This maintenance-free coneflower doesn't need deadheading to provide summer long beauty.

Compact, sturdy plants are well branched and durable, providing a wide range of flower colors sure to please any gardener. Even during wind and rain, they don't topple over like other coneflower. Plants grow 26-32 inches tall, with 25-30 inch width. As an added bonus, 'Cheyenne Spirit' does not require a lot of water and offers a wide-range of uses from the perennial border, in a mass landscape planting, in a butterfly garden or as a cut flower. Seed is available from Park Seed, and R.H. Schumways.

'Pinto Premium White to Rose' Geranium is a new color addition to the Pinto Premium series. Not only is the flower coloration, white changing to rose, unique and beautiful, but the numerous 5" blooms are long-lasting and slightly earlier than similar varieties. Plants are full and dense, with well-branched stems sporting leaves with beautiful dark green zone coloration. The 2012 trials were tough because of extreme heat but 'Pinto Premium White to Rose' performed extremely well making it a great choice for landscapers or gardeners wanting a carefree, colorful summer garden. Plants stand 14-16 inches tall, with 12-18 inch width. Available from Park Seed.

Seed Suppliers:

  • Park Seed, www.parkseed.com
  • R.H. Schumways, www.rhshumway.com

This resource was added January 2013 and appeared in the Lincoln Journal Star Newspaper Sunday edition. For information on reproducing this article or using any photographs or graphics, read the Terms of Use statement


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