2013 All-America Selections Flower Display Garden

Burlington (VT) 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.  (key:  fls.=flowers, flw.=flowering, fol.=foliage, lvs.=leaves, var.=variegated)

 

Flower

Source

Rating*

Comments (at time of rating)

Alstroemeria mix

dsc

1

Peruvian lily, no flowers

Angelonia Angelface Blue

pvg

3

Summer snapdragon, shiny fol., lots of buds

Angelonia Angelface Pink

pvg

3*

Tallest @ 18in., large lvs., uniform

Angelonia Angelface Wedgwood Blue

pvg

3*

Very uniform

Angelonia Angelface White

pvg

3

 

Angelonia Carita Raspberry

dsc

3

Small lvs., good color, open habit

Begonia Surefire Red

pvg

3*

Waxleaf begonia

Begonia Surefire Rose

pvg

3

Less vigor than S. Red

Bracteantha Sundaze Blaze

pvg

3

Everlasting

Calibrachoa Callie Star Pink

dsc

3

Trailing petunia

Calibrachoa Minifamous Double Amethyst

dsc

3

 

Calibrachoa Superbells Cherry Star

pvg

2

Very ununiform habit and flw., nice color fl. pattern

Calibrachoa Superbells Dreamsicle

pvg

3

 

Calibrachoa Superbells Lemon Slice

pvg

2

Small plants, nice bicolor

Calibrachoa Superbells Pomegranate Punch

pvg

3

 

Calibrachoa Superbells Spicy

pvg

2

Ununiform flw.

Canna South Pacific Scarlet

aas

3

Canna, AAS winner 2013, fls. Through summer

Cardoon

other

3*

Relative of artichoke, large to 5ft. across, 30in. high

Cleome Clio

dsc

3*

Spider flower, 30in. high, more open than Senoritas

Cleome Senorita Blanca

pvg

3*

36in. high

Cleome Senorita Rosalita

pvg

3*

30in. high

Coleus Cranberry Bog

pvg

3*

(Solenostemon), uniform, thin lvs., good bicolor

Coleus Oxblood

dsc

2

Ununiform habit

Coleus The Whirlpool

pvg

2

Ununiform habit

Colocasia Black Magic

dsc

3

Elephant ears, 18in. high, withstands wind

Coneflower Pow Wow Wild Berry

aas

2

(Echinacea), AAS winner 2011, few fls.

Cosmos Chocamocha

dsc

3

Cosmos, deep red fls., dense fol.

Evolvulus Blue My Mind

pvg

3*

Great blue color, uniform flw.

Heliotrope Fragrant Delight

dsc

2

Heliotrope, ununiform

Impatiens Sunpatiens Compact Electric Orange

pvg

3

Sun impatiens

Impatiens Sunpatiens Compact White Improved

pvg

3

Very uniform 12in. height

Impatiens Sunpatiens Spreading Carmine Red

pvg

3*

 

Impatiens Sunpatiens mix

dsc

3*

Great flw.

Kale, Ornamental, Glamour Red

aas

3*

AAS winner 2011, uniform

Lobularia Blushing Princess

pvg

3

Sweet alyssum

Lobularia Frosty Knight

pvg

2

Small plants don’t grow together

Lobularia Snow Princess

pvg

3*

Uniform coverage, 10in. high

Lobularia White Knight

pvg

3*

Uniform coverage, 6in. high

Mandevilla Sunparasol Crimson

dsc

1

Brazilian jasmine

Marigold Moonsong Deep Orange

aas

2

AAS winner 2010, good fls. but ununiform flw.

Millet, Ornamental, Purple Majesty

aas

3

AAS winner 2003

Osteospermum Blazing Daisy Moonshine Yellow

dsc

2

South African daisy, very ununiform

Osteospermum Flowerpower Lavender

dsc

3

Some flw. gaps but overall good flw.

Osteospermum Zion Red

dsc

2

Not great vigor, ununiform flw.

Pelargonium Boldly Burgundy

pvg

2

Annual geranium, ununiform flw.

Pelargonium Boldly Dark Red

pvg

2

Ununiform flw.

Pelargonium Boldly Hot Pink

pvg

2

Some small plants

Pelargonium Boldly Lavender Rose

pvg

3

 

Pelargonium Boldly Scarlet Fire

pvg

3

 

Pelargonium Pinto Premium White to Rose

aas

2

AAS winner 2013, few fls., nice white/pink fls.

Pelargonium Timeless Deep Red

pvg

3

Rich color

Pelargonium Timeless Lavender

pvg

3*

Many fls.

Pelargonium Timeless Orange

pvg

1

Poor flw., ununiform

Pelargonium Timeless Pink

pvg

3*

Many fls.

Pelargonium Timeless Rose

pvg

2

Ununiform flw.

Pennisetum Graceful Grasses Fireworks

pvg

3

Foxtail grass, bright variegated fol. Red/white

Pennisetum Graceful Grasses Vertigo

pvg

3*

Great vigor, dark lvs., 4ft. high and wide average

Petunia Cascadias Cabarnet

dsc

3

Uniform bicolor fls.

Petunia Cascadias Violet Skirt

dsc

d

 

Petunia Supertunia Flamingo

pvg

2

Small plants, fls. 1-2in. wide

Petunia Supertunia Indigo Charm

pvg

2

Ununiform flw.

Petunia Supertunia Orchid Charm

pvg

3

Small one in. fls.

Petunia Supertunia Pink Charm

pvg

2

Small one in. fls., small plants

Petunia Supertunia Sangria Charm

pvg

3

Small one in. fls., vivid color

Petunia Supertunia Vista Bubblegum

pvg

3*

Very good and dense flw.

Petunia Supertunia Vista Silverberry

pvg

3*

 

Petunia Supertunia Watermelon Charm

pvg

1

No fls., poor vigor

Petunia Supertunia White Improved

pvg

3

 

Petunia Whispers Star Rose

dsc

3*

Good pink bicolor, 1.5in. fls.

Phygelius Lemon Spritzer

other

2

Terra Nova nursery, Cape fuchsia, no fls., var. fol.

Portulaca Porto Grande mix

dsc

3

Purslane, bright fls., some flw. gaps

Rush, Blue Mohawk

Pvg

3

(Juncus inflexus), perennial from 2010

Salvia (coccinea) Summer Jewel Pink

aas

3

Scarlet sage, AAS winner 2012

Salvia (coccinea) Summer Jewel Red

aas/pvg

3

AAS winner 2011

Salvia (guaranitica) Black and Blue

dsc

2

Few fls., 18-24in. tall

Salvia (splendens) Lighthouse Purple

pvg

3

24in. tall

Scaevola Brilliant

dsc

3

Fan flower

Torenia Catalina Grape-O-Licious

pvg

3

Wishbone flower, good bicolor purple/white

Torenia Catalina Midnight Blue

pvg

3

 

Torenia Catalina Pink

pvg

2

Weak plants, ununiform flw.

Torenia Yellow Moon

dsc

3

 

Verbena Lanai Lime Green

dsc

1

Only 2 plants barely alive

Verbena Lascar Big Eye Red Rose

dsc

1

Good fol., very few fls.

Verbena Superbena Royale Chambray

pvg

3

Some flw. gaps, rich color, low

Verbena Superbena Royale Iced Cherry

pvg

3

6in. tall

Verbena Superbena Royale Peachy Keen

pvg

2

Flw. gaps

Verbena Superbena Royale Plum Wine

pvg

1

Poor flw., very ununiform

Verbena Superbena Royale Silverdust

pvg

3*

Low, good fls. and fol.

Verbena Superbena Royale Whitecap

pvg

2

Good fol., very few fls.

Verbena Superbena Violet Ice

pvg

2

Sparse flw.

Viola Endurio Sky Blue Martien

aas

2

AAS winner 2011, good for late in season

 

*Rating: Plants were rated Sept.4 on a scale of d=dead, 1=poor, 3= excellent habit and flowering.  Plants noted * with ratings were exceptional or tops in their genus.  

 

Planted 5/29/13.  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.