Perry's Perennial Pages


2014 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. (pss.uvm.edu/ppp/aaswp.html)  

 

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.  (comments key:  fls.=flowers, flw.=flowering, fol.=foliage, lvs.=leaves, hgt=height, var=variegated)

 

 

Flower

Source

Rating*

Comments (at time of rating)

Angelonia Serenita Pink

AAS

2

AAS2014, Summer snapdragon; small, few fls.

Begonia Angelfalls Soft Pink

DSC

2

small plants, less vigor and flw.

Begonia Encanto Orange

DSC

3

 

Begonia Pegasus

PVG

3

 

Bidens Namid Yellow

DSC

3

Bur marigold

Calibrachoa Minifamous Double Lemon

DSC

1

Trailing petunia; poor flw. and vigor

Calibrachoa Superbells Cherry Red

PVG

3+

good flw. coverage

Calibrachoa Superbells Frostfire

PVG

d

 

Calibrachoa Superbells Strawberry Punch

PVG

3

 

Canna South Pacific Scarlet

AAS

1

AAS2013; good leaves, few fls.

Celosia Hot Topic Pink

DSC

d

Cockscomb

Celosia Hot Topic Yellow

DSC

d

 

Cleome Señorita Rosalita

PVG

3+

Spider flower; 40in. tall

Cleome Pequeña Rosalita

PVG

3+

shorter, 30in. tall

Cuphea Vermillionaire

PVG

3+

(said ku-Fee-ah)

Dahlia Dalia Maxi Zarco

DSC

2

ununiform flw.

Euphorbia Diamond Delight

PVG

3

Spurge

Gaillardia (aristata) Arizona Apricot

AAS

3

AAS2011,  Blanket flower

Gaillardia Mesa Yellow

AAS

3

AAS2010; varying hgts.

Geranium Caliente Fire

DSC

3

 

Geranium Pinto Premium White to Rose

AAS

2

AAS2013; nice bicolor flw., small plants

Geranium Timeless Fire

PVG

2

less vigor, smaller plants than Caliente

Gerbera Garvinia mix

DSC

3

Gerber daisy; good bright colors

Gerbera hybrid

PVG

1

few small fls.

Impatiens (hawker) Infinity Red (Imp.)

PVG

1

Sun impatiens; small plants, no fls.

Impatiens (hawkeri) Ruffles Fuchsia Rose

PVG

1

small plants, no fls.

Impatiens (hawkeri) Ruffles Lavender

PVG

1

small plants, no fls.

Impatiens (hawkeri) Ruffles Peach

PVG

1

small plants, no fls.

Impatiens (hawkeri) Ruffles Red

PVG

1

small plants, no fls.

Impatiens Sunpatiens white

DSC

3

small plants

Ipomoea Deseana Lime

DSC

3

Ornamental Sweet Potato; drought stressed

Kale, Ornamental, Glamour Red

AAS

3

AAS2011; not colored at rating time

Lantana Bandana Pink

DSC

2

compact, less vigor, small plants

Lantana Luscious Bananarama

PVG

3

upright

Lantana Luscious Marmalade

PVG

3

spreading

Lobularia Dark Night

PVG

3+

Sweet alyssum; good fl. coverage

Marigold Moonsong Deep Orange

AAS

3+

AAS2010

Millet, Ornamental, Purple Majesty

AAS

3

AAS 2003

Osteospermum Akila Daisy White

AAS

3

AAS2014, South African daisy; ununiform hgt.

Pennisetum Graceful Grasses Skyrocket

PVG

3+

Fountain grass;  nice variegation

Pennisetum (setaceum) Rubrum

DSC

3+

 

Petunia African Sunset

AAS

3

AAS2014; unusual color, poor in containers

Petunia Cascadia Violet Skirt

DSC

d

 

Petunia Moonlight Eclipse

DSC

3

nice color combination

Petunia Supertunia Black Cherry

PVG

3

nice unusual color

Petunia Supertunia Indigo Charm (Imp.)

PVG

3

 

Petunia Supertunia Limoncello

PVG

3

nice color tones light and dark yellow

Petunia Supertunia Rose Veined (Imp.)

PVG

3+

good fl. coverage

Petunia Surfinia Heavenly Blue

DSC

3

 

Petunia Whispers Blue

DSC

3+

uniform hgt, spreading, good vigor, good in pots

Salvia Playin’ the Blues (longispicata x)

PVG

3

 

Salvia Blue Emotion

DSC

3

 

Salvia (splendens) Ablazin Purple

PVG

3

30in. tall

Salvia (splendens) Ablazin Tabasco

PVG

3

20in. tall

Salvia (coccinea) Summer Jewel Pink

AAS

2

AAS 2012; most fls. past

Salvia (coccinea) Summer Jewel Red

AAS

2

AAS2011; most fls. past

Scaevola Pink Wonder

PVG

3

Fan flower

Solenostemon ColorBlaze Lime Time

PVG

2

Coleus; small plants, less vigor

Strobilanthes

DSC

2

Persian shield; compact, short, ununiform vigor

Sutera Snowstorm Snow Globe

PVG

2

Bacopa; sparse fls.

Sutera Snowstorm Blue Bubbles

PVG

1

no fls.

Verbena bonariensis

DSC

3

Tall verbena

Verbena Superbena Royale Cherryburst

PVG

2

nice star pattern, sparse fls (more earlier)

Verbena Superbena Royale Red

PVG

1

few fls.

Viola Anytime Dove

PVG

1

poor flw. and vigor

Viola Anytime Quartz

PVG

1

poor flw. and vigor

Viola Anytime Sugarplum

PVG

1

poor flw. and vigor

Viola Anytime Sunlight

PVG

1

poor flw. and vigor

Zinnia Profusion Double Deep Salmon

AAS

3+

AAS2013; good flw, uniform hgt

Zinnia Profusion Double Hot Cherry

AAS

3+

AAS2013; good flw, uniform hgt

 

*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 6/3/14.  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.