Perry's Perennial Pages


2015 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)  

 

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), as well as two new AAS annuals from cuttings (“vegetative”).  The PVG annuals are from their Proven Winners and Proven Selections series.  Those from DSC are from several other brand name series.  (notes: fls.=flowers, flw.=flowering)

 

Flower

Source

Rating*

Comments (at time of rating)

Agastache Arizona Sandstone

PVG

2

Giant hyssop, small plants, flowers only at tips

Agastache Arizona Sun

PVG

2

 

Ageratum Patina Blue

DSC

2

Floss flower

Alternanthera Little Ruby

DSC

3+

Calico plant, compact <1ft., 12-18in. wide

Alternanthera Purple Knight

PVG

3+

Good weaver among other plants

Begonia Bossa Nova Orange

PVG

2

Bolivian begonia, few fls, small plants, good earlier

Begonia Bossa Nova Red

PVG

2

few fls, small plants, good earlier

Begonia Bossa Nova Rose

PVG

1

few fls, small plants, good earlier

Begonia Bossa Nova White

PVG

1

few fls, small plants, good earlier

Begonia Encanto Red

DSC

2

Bolivian begonia, small ununiform plants, few fls.

Bidens Campfire Fireburst

PVG

3

Bur marigold, many flowers, good new color

Browallia Endless Flirtation

PVG

2

Bush violet, okay fls, small plants

Browallia Endless Illumination

PVG

1

Few flowers, chlorotic plants

Calibrachoa Superbells Evening Star

PVG

3

Trailing petunia, good fl. color, sparse fls.

Calibrachoa Superbells Garden Rose

PVG

3+

Very good flw, uniform

Calibrachoa Superbells Holy Moly

PVG

2

Nice fl. Color, sparse fls.

Canna South Pacific Scarlet

AAS

2

AAS2013, ununiform flw.

Cleome Senorita Blanca

PVG

3

Spider flower, good flw. display

Coleus Colorblaze Velveteen

PVG

3

Solenostemon, somewhat compact habit

Dahlia Dahlightful Lively Lavender

PVG

1

Weak, few fls., powdery mildew on leaves

Dahlia Dahlightful Sultry Scarlet

PVG

3

Compact 12in. high x 15in. wide, dark leaves

Dahlia Mystic Illusion

PVG

3+

Vigorous, dark leaves, nice flw. contrast with leaves

Delosperma Button Up Fire

PVG

2

Ice plant, sparse fls.

Delosperma Button Up Gold

PVG

2

 

Dianthus Jolt Pink

AAS

3

AAS2015, Pinks; big showy fl. Heads

Euphorbia Breathless White

DSC

3+

Spurge

Gaura Sparkle White

AAS

3

AAS2014, Wand flower

Geranium Pinto Premium White to Rose

AAS

2

AAS2013, small plants

Gerbera Big Horn

DSC

2

Transvaal daisy, healthy leaves, few flowers

Gerbera Hello Pumpkin

PVG

2

Few fls (more earlier), good color, healthy leaves

Gomphrena QIS Carmine

PVG

3+

Globe amaranth

Gomphrena QIS Red

PVG

3

Some flopping of stems

Hibiscus Mahogany Splendor

PVG

3+

Vigorous dark reddish color, no fls.

Impatiens (walleriana) Rockapulco Wisteria

PVG

2

Shade impatiens, few fls, small plants, better in pot/shade

Impatiens Bounce Cherry

DSC

2

New Guinea sun impatiens, ununiform flw.

Impatiens Bounce Pink Flame

AAS

1

Vegetative, AAS2015; small plants, few/no fls.

Impatiens Bounce Violet

DSC

2

Ununiform flw.

Impatiens Sunpatiens Compact Royal Magenta

DSC

1

New Guinea sun impatiens, few fls, very weak

Impatiens Sunpatiens Compact White

DSC

1

Weak plants, no fls.

Impatiens SunPatiens Spreading Shell Pink

AAS

1

Vegetative, AAS2015, compact small plants, no fls.

Isotoma Beth's Blue

PVG

1

Star flower, few/no fls. all summer

Kale, Ornamental, Glamour Red

AAS

3+

AAS2011, very uniform large heads

Lantana Bandana Cherry Sunrise

DSC

3

 

Lantana Luscious Pinkberry Blend

PVG

3

Some fls. bicolor, some solid pink

Lobelia Lucia Ultraviolet

PVG

3

 

Lobelia Techno Heat Electric White

DSC

3

Old fls. unattractive

Lobularia Stream Bicolor Pink

DSC

3

Sweet alyssum

Marigold Moonsong Deep Orange

AAS

3

AAS2010

Millet, Ornamental, Purple Majesty

AAS

2

AAS 2003, thin plants

Nemesia Sunsatia Blood Orange

PVG

2

Last of flw, old fl/stalks unattractive

Ornamental Sweet Potato Desana Lime

DSC

3+

Very vigorous spreader

Osteospermum Akila Daisy White

AAS

1

South African daisy, few/no fls.

Osteospermum Zion Copper Amethyst

DSC

3

Good flw. and fl. Color

Pennisetum Fireworks

DSC

3+

Fountain grass, fls. just emerging, dark leaves

Pennisetum Graceful Grasses Cherry Sparkler

PVG

3+

Nice fls, pink color in leaves

Pennisetum Vertigo

PVG

3+

Very vigorous, dark leaves, large, 5ft high

Petunia African Sunset

AAS

3

AAS2014, nice different color, small plants

Petunia Blue Star

DSC

3

Nice subtle star pattern

Petunia Moonlight Eclipse

DSC

3

 

Petunia Supertunia Latte

PVG

3

 

Petunia Supertunia Picasso in Blue

PVG

2

Great color, ununiform plants and flw.

Petunia Supertunia Picasso in Burgundy

PVG

3+

Great flw. and color, good elsewhere in pot too

Petunia Supertunia Pink Star Charm

PVG

3+

Low 6in. high, solid flw. display

Petunia Supertunia Violet Star Charm

PVG

3+

Low 6in. high, solid flw. display

Petunia Surfinia Yellow

DSC

3

 

Phlox Intensia White

PVG

3

 

Plectranthus Silver Shield

PVG

3

Mintleaf, somewhat sprawling

Portulaca Mojave Fuchsia

PVG

3

Purslane, good flw.

Portulaca Mojave Pink

PVG

3

good flw.

Portulaca Mojave Red

PVG

3

good flw.

Portulaca Mojave Tangerine

PVG

3

good flw.

Portulaca Mojave Yellow

PVG

3

good flw.

Rush Lemon Swirl

DSC

1

Small plants, little show

Salvia (elegans) Golden Delicious

PVG

3

Pineapple sage, chartreuse leaves, no fls.

Salvia (coccinea) Summer Jewel Pink

AAS

3

AAS 2012, Scarlet sage, better flw. earlier

Salvia (coccinea) Summer Jewel Red

AAS

3

AAS2011, better flw. earlier

Salvia (coccinea) Summer Jewel White

AAS

3

AAS2015, better flw. earlier

Salvia Sallyfun Blue Emotion

DSC

3

Mealy sage

Thunbergia Sunny Arizona Glow

PVG

2

Black-eyed Susan vine, sparse flw, better elsewhere

Thunbergia Sunny Lemon Coral

PVG

3+

Good fls, dense foliage

Thunbergia Sunny Orange Wonder

PVG

2

Sparse fls.

Verbena (bonariensis) Buenos Aires

DSC

3

Tall vervain, sparse florets, open habit

Verbena (bonariensis) Meteor Shower

PVG

3+

Dense fl heads, upright habit

Verbena Lanai Lavender Star

DSC

3+

Good star flowers, uniform flw.

Verbena Lanai Twister Purple

DSC

2

Few fls.

Verbena Lascar Big Eye Purple

DSC

1

Few fls, yellowing leaves

Verbena Superbena Sparklin Amethyst

PVG

3

Some ununiform flw.

Verbena Superbena Sparklin Ruby

PVG

2

Few fls, ununiform flw.

Zinnia Profusion Double Deep Salmon

AAS

3

AAS2013

Zinnia Profusion Double Hot Cherry

AAS

3

AAS2013

 

*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 6/3/15 (AAS planted 7/2/15), rated 8/31.  A cooperative program of the Burlington Dept. of Parks and Recreation and University of Vermont (Dr. Leonard Perry, Horticulture Professor).  Appreciation is expressed to the Greenworks (the Vermont Nursery and Landscape Association) and New England Grows for funding and support.