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2007 All-America Selections Flower Display Garden

Burlington, Vermont

 Waterfront Park


 The All America Selections (AAS) is a national program to select the best of the new varieties each year.  This is done in about 30 trial gardens throughout North America.  Although mainly annuals, perennials can be included if they are grown from seed and bloom the first year.  The varieties proving new or better than similar existing ones are given the “All America Award”, and are displayed in over 200 display gardens, such as this one.  The flowers below (green labels) represent some of the most recent winners and other new introductions, and are primarily annuals.  Perennials on display, not part of this program (black labels), can be found on a separate list.

 We are especially pleased and thankful this year for many new “specialty annuals” (those generally grown from cuttings and not seeds) provided by two wholesale greenhouse propagators in New Hampshire—Pleasant View Gardens (PVG) and DS Cole Growers (DSC).  Those from PVG marked “new” are just that, new introductions to the trade this year.  The PVG annuals are from their Proven Winners and Proven Selections series.  Those from DSC are from several other brand name series.  Rated 8/30/07:  
d=dead, 1=no flowers/poor growth, 2=some flowers/marginal effect, 3=excellent flowering/habit with best * indicated.  (lvs=leaves, fls=flowers)

(Click here for printable pdf version of this list)                                                                                                            

Flower

Source

Rating

Comments

Agastache Golden Jubilee

AAS

3

AAS 2003, Anise Hyssop

Ageratum Artist Rose Improved

PVG

2

Floss Flower, new, many residual dead fls.

Angelonia Angelface Dark Violet

PVG

3*

new, Summer Snapdragon

Angelonia Angelface  White Improved

PVG

3*

New, some leaf burn

Angelonia Blue Angel

DSC

2

few fls., open habit

Angelonia Carita Cascade Deep Purple

DSC

3

low arching habit

Argyranthemum Comet White Improved

DSC

1

Cobbity Daisy, good lvs., no fls.

Argyranthemum Molimba Pink

PVG

2

New, many dead fls.

Brachyscome Blue Zephyr

PVG

1

Swan River Daisy, good lvs, no fls.

Calibrachoa Crackling Fire

DSC

1

Trailing Petunia

Calibrachoa Minifamous Safran

DSC

1

 

Calibrachoa Superbells Apricot Punch

PVG

2

new

Calibrachoa Superbells Dreamsicle

PVG

2

new

Calibrachoa Superbells Scarlet

PVG

2

new

Calibrachoa Superbells White Improved

PVG

1

new

Calibrachoa Superbells Yellow Chiffon

PVG

1

new

Celosia Fresh Look Gold

AAS

3*

AAS 2007, 2ft. high

Celosia Fresh Look Red

AAS

3*

Plumed Cockscomb, AAS 2004, 2 ft. high

Celosia Fresh Look Yellow

AAS

3*

AAS 2004, 2 ft. high

Chrysocephalum Flambe Orange

PVG

3*

Everlasting

Coleus Big Red Judy

PVG

2

New, for leaves, no fls., some leaf burn

Coleus Florida City Yalaha

DSC

3*

New genus: Solenostemon, good leaf color contrast

Cuphea Totally Tempted

PVG

d

Cuphea, new

Dahlia Grande Tesie

PVG

2

Dahlia, new, good lvs., few fls., robust

Dahlia Midi Bounty

PVG

1

New, poor lvs, no fls.

Dianthus Can Can Scarlet

AAS

3

Carnation, AAS 2003

Dianthus Corona Cherry Magic

AAS

2

Pinks, AAS 2003, good large fls., weak habit

Dianthus Supra Purple

AAS

3

AAS 2006, large fls.

Diascia Genta Dark Coral

DSC

1.5

Diascia, few fls., weak growth

Diascia Picadilly Orange

DSC

3*

excellent flowering

Euphorbia Diamond Frost

PVG

3*

Spurge, excellent flowering, unique small fls.

Fuchsia Shadow Dancer

PVG

2

Fuchsia, petite, more buds than fls.

Gaillardia Arizona Sun

AAS

3*

Blanket Flower, AAS 2005, compact

Gaillardia Sundance Bicolor

AAS

2.5

AAS 2003, floppy, ununiform fls.

Heuchera Blackberry Jam

PVG

2

Coralbells, new, for foliage, perennial

Heuchera Canyon Duet

PVG

2

New, for foliage, compact, no fls.

Hollyhock Queeny Purple

AAS

2

Hollyhock, AAS 2004, disease on lvs., uneven flowering

Ipomoea Blackie

PVG

3

Ornamental Sweet Potato, for lvs., no fls.

Ipomoea Margarite

PVG

3

for lvs., no fls., very vigorous, overruns adjacent plants

Lantana Bandana Rose

DSC

2

Lantana

Lantana Confetti

PVG

2

 

Lantana Patriot Classic Firewagon

PVG

2

 

Lantana Tiddly Winks Yellow

PVG

2

 

Nemesia Angelart Peach

DSC

d

Nemesia

Nemesia Angelart Pear

DSC

d

 

Nicotiana Perfume Deep Purple

AAS

2

Flowering Tobacco, AAS 2006, leaf and flower disease spots

Ornamental Millet Purple Majesty

AAS

2

AAS 2003, Millet, some leaf burn

Osteospermum Flowerpower Purple

DSC

2.5

South African Daisy, tall 18”, more lvs. than fls.

Osteospermum Maxima

DSC

2.5

low 8”, some dieback

Osteospermum Zion Pink Sand

DSC

2

good lvs., unique color

Pentas Mars

DSC

2.5

Egyptian Star Flower, some dead florets

Pentas Polaris

DSC

3*

no dead florets

Perilla Gage’s Shadow

PVG

3*

Perilla (similar to coleus), large 30” tall, very vigorous

Petunia Blue Dream

DSC

3*

Petunia, small and many fls.

Petunia Blue Merlin Morn

AAS

3*

AAS 2003, good bicolor

Petunia Blue Wave

AAS

2

AAS 2003

Petunia Limbo Violet

AAS

3*

AAS 2004, large fls., unique bold color

Petunia Opera Supreme Pink Morn

AAS

2

AAS 2006

Petunia Supertunia Bermuda Beach

PVG

3*

new, attractive new flower color

Petunia Sweet Sunshine Nostalgia

DSC

3*

unique double flowers and color, self-cleaning

Phlox Astoria Pink/White Star

DSC

d

Annual Phlox

Phlox Astoria Magenta

DSC

2

poor lvs.

Portulaca Yubi Red

PVG

3

fls. close when cloudy/cool

Rudbeckia Prairie Sun

AAS

3

AAS 2003, Black-eyed daisy, flops, needs staking

Salvia (farinacea) Evolution

AAS

2.5

Sage, AAS 2006, dead florets unattractive

Scaevola Purple Fan

DSC

2.5

Fan Flower, open weedy habit

Sedum Lemon Ball

PVG

3

new, for lvs., no fls.

Supercal Terracota

DSC

1

Petunia and calibrachoa cross, good fl. color earlier

Sutera Gulliver White

DSC

2

Former genus: Bacopa, good lvs., few fls.

Torenia Honey Moon

DSC

3

Wishbone flower, light color lvs.

Torenia Purple Moon

DSC

3

 

Verbena Lanai Red

DSC

1

Verbena, good lvs., no fls

Viola Skippy XL Red Gold

AAS

2

AAS Classic variety, Viola

                                                                  

A cooperative program of the Burlington Dept. of Parks and Recreation and University of Vermont Extension (Dr. Leonard Perry).  Appreciation is expressed to the Vermont Assn. of Professional Horticulturists and the Burlington Garden Club for funding and support, and to Hamlen’s Garden Center (Swanton) for production assistance.

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