Vote for Your Favorite through the American Garden Award - 2014

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Vote for Your Favorite through the American Garden Award

by Sarah Browning, UNL Extension Educator

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There's a fun new way you can promote your favorite flowering garden plants to garden center retailers. Cast your vote through the 2014 American Garden Award.

Since 2009, some of the world's most prestigious flower breeders have chosen their best garden plant varieties to enter into this competition. Now you have the unique opportunity to vote on which flower you think has the most appealing garden characteristics.

2013 Winners

Last year's winners were submitted by breeders for their excellent garden performance. Voters selected 'Lanai Candy Cane' verbena, 'Zaharra Cherry' zinnia, and 'SunPatiens Compact Electric Orange' Impatiens.

First place winner 'Lanai Candy Cane' verbena offers a truly unique flower pattern and commands curbside attention! The striking red-and-white striped flowers offer continuous summer blooms stacked atop a well-balanced plant habit. Plants have dark green foliage on compact 10-inch plants. Plant habit is trailing making them great plants for containers or handing baskets. Candy Cane was selected from a strong and proven family of verbena varieties with superior weather tolerance under drought, rain, heat and wind. Excellent powdery mildew resistance.

Second place winner 'Zahara Cherry' zinnia grows well in both containers and landscape beds, or just about any other sunny location where you want loads of bold color. These fast-growing zinnias bloom continuously all season long and are both disease and drought tolerant. Plants are well branched, growing 18 inches tall and wide, and perform best in full sun.

Third place winner 'Electric Orange' is a new color in the SunPatiens line, with vibrant, deep orange blooms. These New Guinea impatiens fill in quickly, providing three seasons of color in the garden and in containers. They can be planted in sun or shade and grow readily rain or shine. SunPatiens are trouble free and need no care beyond regular watering. They perform well in cool or warm conditions, and hold up well to rain and wind. Plants grow 18-24 inches tall in containers or hanging baskets.

2014 Nominees

Voting for the 2014 American Garden Award nominees opens June 1 and continues through August 31, so visit the website,, and cast your vote.

Plants participating in the American Garden Award are grown on display at public gardens throughout the United States, so gardeners can visit and view the plants in person. Gardeners unable to view plants in person can view them online at,, and cast their vote.

Nearby Public Gardens

  • Denver Botanic Garden,, Denver, CO
  • Reiman Gardens at Iowa State University,, Ames, IA
  • Vander Veer Botanical Park & Conservatory,, Davenport, IA
  • Missouri Botanical Garden,, St. Louis, MO
  • Powell Gardens,, Kingsville, MO

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