2010 All America Selections Flower Display Garden

Burlington Waterfront Park

 

The All America Selections (AAS) is a national program to select the best of the new varieties each year.  The flowers below represent some of the most recent winners and other new introductions, and are primarily annuals. (www.all-americaselections.org)  Previous year’s results and photos can be found online. (perrysperennials.info/aaswp.html)  This garden was a national award winner in 2008 among AAS display gardens.

 

We are especially pleased and thankful this year once again 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).  The PVG annuals are from their Proven Winners and Proven Selections series.  Those from DSC are from several other brand name series.  A few seed selections are from elsewhere (B=Burpee, P=Parks, JS=Johnny’s Seeds). 

 

Flower

Source

Rating*

Comments

Angelonia Adessa Bicolor

DSC

2

Summer snapdragon, sparse flowers

Angelonia Angelface Blue Improved

PVG

2

Few flowers

Angelonia Angelface Pink Improved

PVG

3

Some flowers hidden by leaves

Argyranthemum Reflection Pink

DSC

2

Cobbity daisy, poor flowers

Argyranthemum Reflection Yellow Cream

DSC

2

Small and ununiform flowers

Bacopa Gulliver Blue Sensation

DSC

2

Sutera, sparse growth and flowers

Banana (Ensete) maurelli

DSC

3*

2-3ft. high

Begonia Sparkle Scarlet

DSC

2

Poor vigor

Bidens (ferulifolia) Goldilocks Rocks

PVG

2

Bur marigold, sparse flowers

Black Varnish Plant (Pseuderanthemum rubrum)

DSC

2

Wax Acanthus, good leaves, little branching

Calibrachoa Callie Light Blue

DSC

3

Trailing petunia

Calibrachoa Callie Painted Coral

DSC

3

Good bicolor

Calibrachoa Minifamous Dark Pink & Eye

DSC

3

Good flowering

Calibrachoa Minifamous Purple

DSC

3

Dense, many flowers

Calibrachoa Superbells Blackberry Punch

PVG

2

Sparse flowers

Calibrachoa Superbells Coralberry Punch

PVG

3

 

Canna Magic series

DSC

2

Good leaves, flowers ununiform/sparse

Cardoon (Cynara)

DSC

3*

Globe Artichoke

Carex Rekohu Sunrise

DSC

3*

Ornamental sedge

Coleus Alabama Sunset

DSC

3

New genus: Solenostemon

Coleus Alligator Tears

PVG

2

Small plants

Coleus Kiwi Fern

DSC

3*

Uniform, flowers readily

Coleus Spitfire

PVG

3*

Dense, uniform

Cuphea Vienco Lavender

DSC

3*

Cuphea, 15-18in. high

Dahlia Dahlinova California

DSC

1

No flowers, few buds, compact

Dahlia Mystic Illusion

PVG

3

Ununiform height, dark leaves nice with yellow flowers

Dianthus Supra Purple

AAS

2

2006 winner, small plants, few flowers

Diascia Diamonte Coral Rose

AAS

3

Twinspur, 2006 winner, uniform habit and flowers

Euphorbia Breathless Blush

DSC

3*

Spurge, good red leaf marking

Fiber Optic Grass (Isolepis) Live Wire

DSC

1

No new growth, ununiform

Gaillardia Mesa Yellow

AAS

3*

Blanket flower, 2010 winner, large flowers

Gaura Bellaza Dark Pink

DSC

2

Beeblossom, good habit, few flowers

Heliotrope Simply Scentsational

PVG

3

 

Iberis Absolutely Amethyst

PVG

1

Sweet Alyssum (perennial), no flowers

Ipomoea Desana Lime

DSC

3

Ornamental Sweet Potato

Ipomoea Desana Maple

DSC

3

Some insect damage

Ipomoea Sweet Caroline Bewitched

PVG

3

Less spreading

Ipomoea Sweet Caroline Bronze

PVG

3

 

Ipomoea Sweet Caroline Green Yellow

PVG

3

 

Ipomoea Sweet Caroline Light Green

PVG

3

 

Ipomoea Sweet Caroline Purple

PVG

3

 

Ipomoea Sweet Caroline Red

PVG

1

Less vigorous, overrun by others

Ipomoea Sweet Caroline Sweeheart Light Green

PVG

3

Mounded

Ipomoea Sweet Caroline Sweetheart Red

PVG

3

 

Juncus (inflexus) Graceful Grasses Blue Mohawk

PVG

3*

Ornamental rush, upright, vase shape, 2ft. high

Juncus Lemon Twist

DSC

3

Yellow variegated twisted leaves, 6in. x 6in.

Koeleria (glauca) Tiny Tot

PVG

3

Blue hair grass, uniform, 6in. high x 8in. wide

Leucanthemum Daisy May

PVG

2

Shasta daisy, ununiform heights and flowering

Lobelia Lucia Lavender Blush

PVG

1

Few flowers

Lobelia Techno Heat Dark Blue

DSC

2

No leaves

Marigold (African) Moonsong Deep Orange

AAS

3*

2011 winner

Mecardonia Gold Dust

PVG

3

Axilflower, some dieback, disease?

Nemesia Angelart Almond

DSC

1

Nemesia, no flowers, poor vigor and leaves

Nemesia Angelart Raspberry

DSC

1

Almost dead, no flowers

Nemesia Sunsatia Coconut Improved

PVG

2

Sparse flowers

Nemesia Sunsatia Cranberry Improved

PVG

3

Bright color

Nicotiana Perfume Deep Purple

AAS

3

Flowering Tobacco,  2006 winner

Ornamental Millet Jade Princess

B

3*

Pennisetum glaucum, robust, showy

Ornamental Millet Purple Majesty

AAS

2

2003 winner, ununiform

Ornamental Pepper Black Pearl

AAS

3*

2006 winner, 12-15in. high

Osteospermum Asti White

AAS

2

South African Daisy, 2008 winner, sparse flowers

Osteospermum Flowerpower Lavender

DSC

2

Sparse flowers

Osteospermum Voltage Yellow

DSC

1

Poor vigor, few flowers

Osteospermum Zion Pink Sand

DSC

1

Poor vigor, few flowers

Pennisetum (setaceum) Fireworks

PVG

3*

Foxtail grass, great new bright color, masses well

Pennisetum Graceful Grasses Vertigo

PVG

3*

Overpowering vigor, robust, 4ft. high

Petunia Double Wave Blue

DSC

3

Fills area well, self-cleaning

Petunia Opera Supreme Pink Morn

AAS

3

2006 winner

Petunia Supertunia Indigo Charm

PVG

3

Good flowers, self-cleaning

Petunia Supertunia Sangria Charm

PVG

3*

Good and many flowers

Phlox Intensia Blueberry

PVG

2

Ununiform habit

Ruby Silk grass (Eragrostis)

JS

2

Flops, nice reddish “flowers”

Rudbeckia Cherry Brandy

P

3

Some petal damage, great color

Rudbeckia Indian Summer

AAS

3

1995 winner

Rudbeckia Prairie Sun

AAS

3*

2003 winner, uniform

Rudbeckia Tiger Eye hybrid

B

3*

Uniform, low 12-15in. high

Salvia (farinacea) Evolution

AAS

2

Sage, 2006 winner, poor flowers

Salvia (splendens) Lighthouse Red

PVG

1

Small plants, no flowers; better elsewhere in mixed tub

Snapdragon Twinny Peach

AAS

1

2010 winner

Succulents (Echeveria and others)

DSC

3

 

Verbena Lanai Lavender Star

DSC

3*

Very uniform, good flower pattern

Verbena Lanai Purple Star

DSC

2

Ununiform flowers, some reverse colors

Verbena Superbena Royale Chambray

PVG

3*

Uniform flowering height

Viola Rain Blue and Purple

AAS

1

2009 winner, small plants, few flowers

Viola Skippy XL Plum Gold

AAS

1

2008 winner, small plants, few flowers

Viola Skippy XL Red Gold

AAS

1

2006 winner, small plants, few flowers

Zinnia Double Zahara Cherry

AAS

2

2011 winner, ununiform flowers, dead flowers detract

Zinnia Double Zahara Fire

AAS

3*

2011 winner, some leaves hide flowers

Zinnia Zahara Starlight Rose

AAS

2

2010 winner, ununiform flowers, dead flowers detract

Zinnia Zowie Yellow Flame

AAS

1

2006 winner, few flowers, ununiform, leaf disease

*Plants were rated Aug. 17, on a scale of d=dead, 1=poor, 3= excellent habit and flowering.  Ratings reflect growth in new beds from previous years, and with extremes of drought and rain.  Several plants starting the season did not survive holiday crowds so are not listed. Plants noted * were exceptional or tops in their genus.

 

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 Nursery and Landscape Association, New England Grows, and the Burlington Garden Club for funding and support.

 Photos, videos, and past results are available online (perrysperennials.info/aaswp.html).