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All-America Selections Winners

by All-America Selections (AAS)

Gaillardia.
Gaillardia 'Arizona Apricot.' Photo courtesy of All-American Selections.

2011 AAS Winners

All-America Selections is pleased to announce the first seven of the 2011 AAS Winners. Following a trial period where these new, never-before-sold varieties are "Tested Nationally and Proven Locally" the AAS judges have submitted their evaluations and selected only the best performers as AAS Winners. With this announcement, these varieties are available for immediate sale and distribution. Commercial growers and retailers should contact their favorite seed supplier and request AAS Winner tags from tag and label suppliers. Home gardeners will find seeds and plants available in time for their 2011 gardening season. Click on AAS Trials for a complete list of trial ground locations.

AAS Flower Award Winner

AAS® Winner Data

  • Genus species: Gailardia x grandiflora
  • Common name: Blanket flower
  • Unique qualities: Earlier flowering, unique color for gaillardia
  • Flower size: 3 to 3.5 inches
  • Flower form: Daisy-like single flower
  • Flower color: Apricot
  • Foliage color: Bright green
  • Plant height: 12 inches
  • Plant width: 12 inches
  • Garden location: Full sun
  • Length of time from sowing seed to flower: 90 days
  • Closest comparisons on market: ‘Granada’ and ‘Golden Goblin’
  • Gaillardia ‘Arizona Apricot’ offers a new and unique apricot color for this class. Blooms have yellow edges that deepen to a rich apricot in the center. Judges noted the award-winning distinctive flower color of the 3 to 3.5 inch daisy-like flowers, described as exceptionally lovely and lighter in color than traditional gaillardia. Just 105 days after sowing seed, thisGaillardia x grandiflora will bloom from early summer into autumn. The compact 12-inch tall plants offer bright green foliage and a tidy uniform habit best viewed when planted to the front of the flower bed. ‘Arizona Apricot’ is free-flowering, blooming heavily without vernalization, covering the plant with bright blooms that look great in mass. This long-flowering perennial is hardy in USDA Zones 2-10, is relatively maintenance free, and drought-tolerant once established. Gardeners will want to remove old flowers to encourage additional blooming. Bred by Ernst Benary of America Inc.

    AAS Cool Season Bedding Plant Award Winner

    AAS® Winner Data

  • Genus species: Brassica oleracea
  • Common name: Ornamental kale
  • Unique qualities: Non-waxy shiny leaves, brighter
  • Flower size: Head size is 10 to 12 inches
  • Flower form: Fringed leaf type
  • Flower color: Purple
  • Foliage color: Green
  • Plant height: 12 inches
  • Plant width: 14 inches
  • Garden location: Full sun
  • Length of time from sowing seed to flower: 90 days (for leaf coloring)
  • Closest comparisons on market: ‘Kamome Red’ and ‘Nagoya Red’
  • This is All-America Selections’ first winning kale (edible or ornamental) in seventy-eight years of trialing! ‘Glamour Red’ is an excellent achievement in breeding for its unique shiny leaves. The waxless quality of the leaves makes them shiny with a more intense, vivid color as compared to existing ornamental brassicas. Judges noted that the shiny foliage is striking in the landscape and it out-performed comparisons with outstanding success. It is a fringed leaf type Brassica oleracea with flower head size of 10 to 12 inches. This full sun annual will bloom 90 days from sowing seed to first color. Leaf coloring begins when night temperatures fall below 55°F for approximately two weeks. Expect good disease tolerance in all regions and frost tolerant blooms from November to March in warmer climates. Bred by Takii & Co., Ltd.

    Salvia ‘Summer Jewel Red’
    Salvia ‘Summer Jewel Red’Photo courtesy of All-American Selections.

    AAS Flower Award Winner

    AAS® Winner Data

  • Genus species: Salvia coccinea
  • Common name: Hummingbird sage, Scarlet sage, Texas sage
  • Unique qualities: More compact and earlier to flower
  • Flower size: ½ inch
  • Flower form: Spike
  • Flower color: Bright red
  • Foliage color: Dark green
  • Plant height: 20 inches at most
  • Plant width: 16 inches
  • Garden location: Full sun
  • Plant Type: Dwarf, branching
  • Garden spacing: 10 to 12 inches apart
  • Length of time from sowing seed to flower: 50 days
  • Closest comparisons on market: ‘Lady in Red’
  • This Salvia coccinea was consistently rated "superior" or "above average" by the AAS judges because of its early and generous flower blossoms, continuing from spring to autumn. Additionally, each dwarf and densely branching plant remains a tidy 20 inches tall, even at full maturity. The bright red flower spikes are covered with half inch blooms making it perfect for the bird lover’s garden where the bright red color acts as a magnet for hummingbirds. As an added bonus, goldfinches swarm the plant for seeds. Even the leaves add beauty with their finer-textured, dark-green color. ‘Summer Jewel Red’, just 50 days from sowing to first flower, is approximately two weeks earlier than comparisons. Expect long season performance and superior holding ability in both wind and rain. This annual is ideal for full sun containers, mixed beds and borders where uniformity is desired. Bred by Takii & Co, Ltd.

    AAS Cool Season Bedding Plant Award Winner

    AAS® Winner Data

  • Genus species: Viola cornuta
  • Common name: Viola
  • Unique qualities: Early flowering, new color
  • Flower size: Head size is 10 to 12 inches
  • Flower form: Single flower
  • Flower color: Marina (light blue with baby face)
  • Foliage color: Green
  • Plant height: 6 inches
  • Plant width: 12 inches
  • Plant type: Low growing, mounding habit
  • Garden spacing: 8 inches apart
  • Garden location: Full sun
  • Length of time from sowing seed to flower: 70 days Frost tolerant
  • Closest comparisons on market: ‘Four Seasons Cooler Improved’
  • This winning Viola cornuta is an early-flowering, mounding viola in a vibrant new color for this type. In trials, the 6-inch tall plants kept a low-growing mounding habit. Colorful and prolific 1¼ inch blooms have light blue petals with a velvety dark blue face that is surrounded by a narrow white border. Judges noted earlier (70 days from sowing to first flower) and showier blooms with noticeable drive-by flower power. Flower color was a consistent deep Marina blue throughout the season. This vigorous frost-tolerant biennial provides a solid mat of fall color until covered with snow followed by a great recovery in spring. Grow in full sun as a low edging in the garden or in hanging baskets and pots. Bred by Tokita Seed Co., Ltd.

    Pumpkin 'Hijinks'
    Pumpkin Variety: ‘Hijinks’ F1

    AAS Vegetable Award Winner

    AAS® Winner Data

  • Genus species: Cucurbita pepo
  • Unique qualities: Uniform shape and size, easy harvest, excellent stem attachment
  • Flower size: 5.6 inches long, 7.4 inch diameter; 6 to 7 lbs.
  • Flower color: Deep orange
  • Plant type: Typical long vines
  • Plant height: 2 feet
  • Plant width: Up to 15 feet
  • Garden location: Full sun
  • Allow 10 feet between rows of plants space plants 2 to 3 feet apart in row
  • Disease tolerances: Powdery mildew
  • Length of time from sowing seed to flower: 100 days from sowing seed, 85 days from transplant
  • Closest comparisons on market: ‘Orange Smoothie’ and ‘Hybrid Pam’
  • ‘Hijinks,’ defined as lively enjoyment and unrestrained fun is an apt name for this pumpkin winner that offers loads of seasonal fun for kids. This winning pumpkin variety produces small-sized, 6 to 7 pound fruits, of a very uniform size and shape. Smooth deep orange skin with distinctive grooves gives a very classy appearance to fall decorations and is ideal for painting or carving. The strong durable stem makes a great handle. Gardeners can expect high yields, notable resistance to powdery mildew, easy fruit removal from plants and excellent stem attachment. Allow plenty of space in the garden for long vines that spread up to 15 feet. Early to mature, thisCucurbita pepo is ready for harvest in about 100 days from sowing or 85 days from transplant. Bred by Sakata Seed America, Inc.

    AAS Vegetable Award Winner

    AAS® Winner Data

  • Genus species: Solanum Lycopersicum
  • Unique qualities: First Late Blight tolerant cherry fruited semi-determinate variety on the market
  • Fruit size: 0.4 ounces
  • Fruit color: Red
  • Plant type: Semi-determinate small cherry, compact bush, trailing habit
  • Foliage color: Green
  • Plant height: 16 to 20 inches
  • Plant width: 20 inches
  • Garden location: Full sun
  • Garden spacing: 20 inches apart
  • Disease tolerances: Late Blight tolerant
  • Length of time to harvest: 63 days from transplant
  • Closest comparisons on market: ‘Tumbler’ and ‘Tumbling Tom Red’
  • ‘Lizzano’ is a vigorous semi-determinate tomato variety with a low growing, trailing habit excellent for growing in patio containers or hanging baskets. In the garden, some staking will benefit this plant despite a nice compact and uniform growth habit. The durable, appealing plants grow 16 to 20 inches tall with a compact spread of only 20 inches. Expect abundant yields of high-quality, bright red, baby cherry sized fruits. The small 1-inch fruits weigh about 0.4 ounces. The plentiful fruit set allows for continual harvest beneficial for the home gardener. Judges noted better eating quality, yield and plant habit than comparisons. ‘Lizzano’ is the first Late Blight tolerant cherry fruited semi-determinate variety on the market. Disease resistant plants will last later into the growing season. Harvest begins 105 days from sowing seed or 63 days from transplant. Bred by Pro-Veg Seeds Ltd.

    AAS Vegetable Award Winner

    AAS® Winner Data

  • Genus species: Solanum lycopersicum
  • Unique qualities: Tidy trailing plant, easy-to-grow, little maintenance
  • Fruit size: 0.7 ounces
  • Fruit color: Red
  • Plant type: Determinate cherry, trailing habit
  • Plant height: 16 to 20 inches
  • Plant width: 20 inches
  • Garden location: Full sun
  • Garden spacing: 20 inches apart
  • Length of time to harvest: 56 days from transplant
  • Closest comparisons on market: ‘Tumbler’ and ‘Tumbling Tom Red’
  • ‘Terenzo’ is a high yielding red cherry fruited ‘Tumbler’ type of tomato that is a prolific producer on a tidy low-growing, trailing plant. The round fruit is a standard size cherry having an approximate size of 1¼ inches and an average weight of 0.7 ounces. A brix sugar content of 6.0% ensures this is sweet tasting tomato. With a plant height of only 16 to 20 inches, this compact variety is suitable for growing in hanging baskets or containers as a patio type tomato. This very easy-to-grow determinate bush variety requires little maintenance and produces fruits that are more resistant to cracking. ‘Terenzo’ is loaded with a bountiful harvest of flavorful, easy-to-pick fruits throughout the summer heat. Bred by Pro-Veg Seeds Ltd.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

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