Perry's Perennial Pages

2011 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. 

 

Flower*

Source

Rating**

Comments

 

 

 

 

Abutilon Lucky Lantern Tangerine

dsc

2

Flowering maple, lowers hidden in leaves

Abutilon Lucky Lantern Yellow

dsc

2

flowers hidden in leaves

Agastache Color Spires Steel Blue

pvg

3

Anise hyssop

Ageratum Patina Blue

dsc

3

Floss Flower

Ageratum Patina Purple

dsc

3

 

Alternanthera Ruby Red

dsc

3

Calico plant

Angelonia Adessa Purple

dsc

2

Summer snapdragon, ununiform, less vigor

Angelonia Dresden Blue

pvg

3

 

Argyranthemum Sassy Pink

dsc

1

Cobbity daisy, very few and small flowers

Argyranthemum Sassy White

dsc

1

no flowers

Bacopa Scopia Gulliver Great Pink Ring

dsc

2

Sutera, sparse flowers

Bacopa Scopia Gulliver White

dsc

2

sparse flowers

Basil African Blue

pvg

3*

Basil (Ocimum basilicum)

Begonia Nonstop Apricot

pvg

2

Tuberous begonia, small plants

Bidens Namid Compact Yellow

dsc

3

Bur marigold

Bracteantha Sundaze Flame

pvg

3

Strawflower

Calibrachoa Callie Deep Yellow

dsc

3*

Trailing petunia, taller, good flowering

Calibrachoa Callie Light Blue

dsc

2

weak vigor

Calibrachoa Fusion Double Vision

dsc

3

low, good flowering mix, doubles

Calibrachoa Minifamous Apricot Red Eye

dsc

1

weak, few flowers

Calibrachoa Minifamous Electric Purple

dsc

1

poor vigor and flowering

Calibrachoa Minifamous Gold Red Eye

dsc

1

almost dead

Calibrachoa Superbells Cherry Star*

pvg

2

nice bicolor, poor vigor

Calibrachoa Superbells Miss Lilac*

pvg

2

poor vigor

Calibrachoa Superbells Sweet Tart*

pvg

1

weak, few flowers

Calibrachoa Superbells Tequila Sunrise Imp.*

pvg

2

nice color, poor vigor

Canna Cabanna orange

dsc

1

poor flowering or none

Celosia Fresh Look Gold

aas

3*

Plumed cockscomb, AAS winner 2007

Centaurea (gymnocarpa)

dsc

3*

Dusty miller, 30in. tall

Cleome Senorita Rosalita

pvg

3*

Spider flower, sturdy, 30in. tall

Coleus Burgundy Lace*

pvg

3*

Solenostemon

Coleus ColorBlaze Velvet Mocha*

pvg

3*

 

Coleus Dirty Martini*

pvg

3*

 

Coleus Gold Lace

dsc

2

ununiform growth

Cordyline Black Knight*

dsc

3*

Cabbage palm

Cordyline Torbay Dazzler*

dsc

3*

 

Coreopsis Coloropsis Salsa

pvg

3*

Tickseed, striking bicolor, rich colors

Crassula (portulacea) Hobbit*

dsc

3

Jade plant

Cyperus Graceful Grasses King Tut

pvg

3*

Sedge, 36-40in., sturdy

Dahlia Dalina Grande Papagaya

pvg

3

 

Dahlia Gallery Pablo

pvg

1

no flowers, weak

Dianthus Supra Purple

aas

3

AAS winner 2006, perennial from 2010

Diascia Flying Colors Coral

pvg

3*

Twinspur, good and many flowers

Echeveria mix*

dsc

3

 

Euphorbia Breathless White

dsc

3*

Spurge, excellent filler

Euphorbia Diamond Frost

pvg

3*

 

Gaillardia (aristata) Arizona Apricot*

aas

2

Blanket flower, AAS winner 2011, flowers mostly done

Gaillardia Mesa Yellow*

aas

3

AAS winner 2010

Gaillardia Sunrita Scarlet Halo

dsc

3

 

Gaillardia Sunrita Yellow

dsc

2

flowers mostly done

Gaura Stratosphere White*

pvg

3*

Beeblossom

Impatiens Infinity Lavender Imp.

pvg

3

New Guinea impatiens

Impatiens Infinity Salmon Bisque

pvg

2

nice leaves, few flowers

Ipomoea Desana Maple

dsc

3*

Ornamental Sweet Potato, very vigorous

Ipomoea Goldfinger

dsc

3*

very vigorous

Ipomoea Illusion Garnet Lace

pvg

3*

reddish leaves

Ipomoea Sweet Caroline Bewitched Purple

pvg

3*

very vigorous

Ipomoea Sweet Caroline Raven

pvg

3*

darkest leaves

Juncus (spiralis) Lemon Swirl*

dsc

2

Ornamental rush, shaded by coleus

Juncus (inflexus) Blue Mohawk

pvg

3*

perennial from 2010

Koeleria (glauca) Tiny Tot

pvg

3

Blue Hair grass, perennial from 2010

Lantana Bandana Cherry Sunrise

dsc

3*

compact mound

Lantana Bandana Lemon Zest

dsc

2

few flowers, poor vigor (from part shade?)

Lantana Luscious Citrus Blend

pvg

3*

vigorous

Lobelia Techno Blue

dsc

3

 

Lobelia Techno Heat White

dsc

3

 

Lobularia Snow Princess

pvg

3*

Sweet alyssum, vigorous mound

Marigold Moonsong Deep Orange

aas

3

AAS winner 2010

Nemesia Safari Plum

pvg

3

 

Nemesia Sunsatia Lemon Imp.

pvg

2

flowers on top of stems only

Ornamental Kale Glamour Red

aas

2

AAS winner 2011, ununiform heights and habit

Ornamental millet Purple Majesty

aas

3

AAS winner 2003

Osteospermum Asti White*

aas

2

South African daisy, AAS winner 2008, few flowers

Osteospermum Moonshine Yellow

dsc

2

small flowers, ununiform flowering, Blazing Daisies series

Osteospermum Melon Symphony

pvg

1

no flowers

Osteospermum Soprano Light Purple

pvg

3

 

Osteospermum Zion Copper Amethyst

dsc

3

nice color, flowering

Oxalis Pink Pillow

dsc

2

sparse flowers

Pelargonium Daredevil Rosita

pvg

2

Annual geranium, old flowers detract

Pennisetum Burgundy Bunny*

pvg

3

Foxtail grass

Pennisetum Red Riding Hood*

pvg

3*

Graceful Grasses series

Petunia Black Velvet

dsc

3

ununiform flower markings

Petunia Cascadia Violet Skirt

dsc

2

ununiform flowering

Petunia Double Wave Blue

dsc

2

ununiform flowering

Petunia Opera Supreme Pink Morn

aas

3

AAS winner 2006

Petunia Patio Lemon

dsc

3

 

Petunia Phantom

dsc

3

flower markings ununiform

Petunia Pinstripe

dsc

2

unusual flowers, uneven growth

Petunia Purple Ray

dsc

3*

 

Petunia Supertunia Double Peppermint

pvg

2

ununiform flowering

Petunia Supertunia Vista Bubblegum

pvg

3*

vigorous

Petunia Supertunia Vista Silverberry

pvg

3*

good weaver in other plants

Petunia Supertunia White Russian

pvg

3

unusual brown flower marking

Petunia Sweet Sunshine Nostalgia

dsc

1

ununiform, poor vigor

Petunia Whispers Blue

dsc

3

nice dark velvet purple

Portulaca PortoGrande Scarlet

dsc

3

Purslane

Salvia coccinea Summer Jewel Red

aas

3*

Scarlet sage, AAS winner 2011

Salvia (farinacea) Evolution*

aas

3

Mealycup sage, AAS winner 2006

Salvia Sally Fun Blue

dsc

3

 

Scaevola Surdiva Blue

dsc

3

Fan flower

Sedum Coca Cola*

pvg

3

 

Sunpatiens Compact series

dsc

3*

New Guinea Impatiens

Torenia Catalina Gilded Grape

pvg

3

Wishbone flower

Torenia Purple Moon

dsc

3

 

Verbena Lanai Deep Pink

dsc

2

sparse flowers

Verbena Lanai Purple with Eye

dsc

2

ununiform flowering

Verbena Superbena Royale Iced Cherry

pvg

3

 

Verbena Superbena Royale Peachy Keen

pvg

2

nice color, ununiform flowering

Vinca Pacifica Burgundy Halo*

aas

3

Annual periwinkle

Viola Endurio Sky Blue Martien

aas

3

AAS winner 2011

Viola Skippy XL Plum Gold

aas

3

AAS winner 2008

Zinnia Double Zahara Cherry*

aas

3

AAS winner 2011

Zinnia Double Zahara Fire*

aas

3*

AAS winner 2011

Zinnia Zahara Starlight Rose*

aas

3

AAS winner 2010, variable rose markings

Zinnia Zowie Yellow Flame*

aas

3

AAS winner 2006, variable flowers

 

*Flower: Due to lakeside flooding, beds near the boathouse were inaccessible at planting on June 1, so these were planted June 21. 

**Rating: Plants were rated Sept.2, on a scale of d=dead, 1=poor, 3= excellent habit and flowering.  Ratings reflect growth 5 days after passage of cat1 hurricane Irene.  Several plants starting the season did not survive holiday crowds, or were shaded by more vigorous adjacent, so are not listed. Plants noted * with ratings 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 Greenworks (the Vermont Nursery and Landscape Association) and New England Grows for funding and support.

 

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