All-America Selections Winners
Professional horticulturists trial never-before-sold varieties and only the top performers are named AAS Winners.
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Add vegetables to your containers like Bright Light Swiss Chard to add color and Fernleaf Dill for a different texture. To keep the veggies from overcrowding the container, be sure to harvest (trim) them to use in your favorite recipes. Also added to the container is Geranium Calliope Medium Dark Red, Zinnia Profusion White and Marigold Super Hero Spry! All AAS Winners!
Rudbeckia x American Gold Rushhas bright, golden-yellow flowers with black centers and arched petals and is a gorgeous addition to any garden. This compact, upright domed-shaped beauty has narrow 2-inch wide hairy foliage bred for its resistance to Septoria leaf spot. It's incredibly easy to grow and pollinators love it! Chosen as Perennial Plant Association 2023 Perennial Plant of the Year. Bred by Intrinsic Perennial Gardens
Sparkle White gaura will bring a touch of airy elegance to any container with its long slender stems sporting a large number of dainty white flowers tinged with a pink blush. It will just float above these other AAS Winners' red Celosia New Look, Zinnia Profusion Cherry, Leucanthemum Carpet Angel, and Petunia Red Picotee!
To create a stunning tropical display, we paired Royal Hawaiian Waikiki Colocasia with AAS Winners Impatiens Bounce Pink Flame PPAF Balboufink, and Zinnia Double Zahara Cherry pink flowers. The pink in the leaves of the Colocasia is perfectly complemented by the pink flowers of the Impatiens and Zinnia. The Petunia Merlin Blue Morn adds a touch of blue to the mix and spills over the edge of the container, creating a cascading effect.
Yes, you can make a container with veggies and flowers! You will love this container idea! We call it Baja Surprise! And the surprise is...AAS Winning veggies like Pepper Dragonfly for its purple fruit and Tomato Fantastico for its compact height and delicious oblong tomatoes. Add Echinacea Sombrero® Baja Burgundy for color and height in the middle and Zinnia Profusion Bicolor and Petunia Prism Sunshine to keep the flowers blooming all season and to hide the veggie stems.
4. Colocasia ROYAL HAWAIIAN® Waikiki With this new 2023 introduction, you don’t need to visit botanical gardens in Hawaii to see truly tropical foliage! Its large and sturdy leaves have pink veins, white centers, deep burgundy stems, and a glossy surface. Waikiki produces these striking colors earlier than other variegated leaf colocasia, making this interesting plant a stand-out addition to the Royal Hawaiian® Series.
Artisan Yellow Ombre is a great plant for anyone wanting vibrant color all season long in their perennial garden, or to use as a cut flower. Uniform growth habit, vibrantly colored flowers, and multi-branched plants that produce a prolific number of blooms. Pollinators will flock to this coneflower and gardeners will love this low-maintenance, long-blooming beauty. Hardy in zones 4a to 10b. Available in plant form or seed. https://all-americaselections.org/product/echinacea-artisan-yellow-ombre/
This all-weather begonia has high impact color and a unique trailing habit with flowers covering tops and sides! This series is early flowering and matches the Viking and Viking XL series with an abundance of extra-large flowers. Viking Explorer is weather resistant and great for landscapes, containers and hanging baskets! The new series includes two colors: Red on Green and Rose on Green
This yellow petunia was so outstanding and eye-catching it is a Gold Medal Winner! The first petunia to win a gold medal distinction since 1950! Each Bee’s Knees petunia is filled with lush blooms that put on a colorful show of deep yellow, non-fading flowers all season long. The intense yellow petunia color contrasts beautifully against the deep green leaves. Bee’s Knees offers great garden performance in a variety of conditions and requires very little maintenance.
What’s not to like about our first ever AAS strawberry winner Strawberry Delizz® F1? These vigorous strawberry plants are easy to grow, from seed or transplant, and produce an abundant harvest throughout the growing season. The best part though is the wonderful sweet strawberry burst of flavor from every handpicked berry. To enjoy fresh home-grown strawberries throughout the season, even in hot summer heat, look to Strawberry Delizz® F1.
Looking for all that an heirloom tomato has to offer but only better? Then look to AAS Winner Buffalosun! This winner shone in the trials with fruit that had a better texture, a higher yield, and less cracking than the comparisons. The unique yellow with red/orange flame coloration is beautiful on the outside and results in a nicely marbled interior. Buffalosun has a High resistance to F1, F2, F3, and Vt, and intermediate resistance to Late Blight and TSWV.
Now available as organic seed! A very classy white-stemmed variety with erect dark green and glossy leaves. Very uniform with smooth leaf margins compared to other varieties. The tender leaves and crisp sweet stalks are a tasty addition to Oriental recipes or eaten raw. An All America's Selections 2015 Regional Award Winner!
This yellow petunia was so outstanding and eye-catching in the AAS Trials that the judges deemed it a Gold Medal Winner! The first petunia to win a gold medal distinction since 1950! Each Bee’s Knees petunia is filled with lush blooms that put on a colorful show of deep yellow, non-fading flowers all season long. The intense yellow petunia color contrasts beautifully against the deep green leaves.
Mighty, strong, hot, and quick! What more might one want in a hot Thai-type pepper? Quickfire peppers produce plenty of hot delicious fruits on a compact, sturdy plant that is perfect for container gardening. No staking is required. This pepper has tremendous ornamental value but was bred for its taste and yield. Culinary gardeners will definitely want to give this gem a try in their Thai and other Southeast Asian dishes where a little heat and kick give the meal some quickfire!
The first seed coleus to ever win the coveted AAS Winner designation! Coral Candy features unique, multicolored foliage on a uniformly compact plant. This new plant form has narrow, serrated leaves that gracefully drape down the mounded plants. AAS Judges noted that this variety holds its color well, even when grown in full sun. This variety was entered into and trialed in the container trial meaning it’s perfect for small space gardens.
Will this Buffy fend off blood-sucking supernatural beings? We’re not sure, but we do know it’s one very delicious hot pepper! “I dig this fiery little pepper!” says one judge. “I have nothing negative to say about this variety,” exclaims another. This Buffy will do right by you by producing a good yield of juicy, thick-walled green to red fruits on strong, healthy upright plants. Buffy’s fruits are more attractive than the comparisons as well as slightly larger making them perfect for many uses
Oakleaf lettuce is a delicious and versatile edible that is super easy (and fast) to grow in the garden. Harvest at the baby leaf stage or grow into the rosette-shaped full-sized head. Bauer will please with its darker green color and nicely uniform compact size that can be grown almost anywhere…in-ground, containers, or window boxes. The dense heads produce a plethora of sweet, crisp sturdy leaves.
Double flowered Leucanthemum Carpet Angel is the first-ever groundcover Shasta Daisy and it's an AAS Winner! Growing only to a height of 6 inches, this unique Leucanthemum can act as a groundcover spreading up to 20 inches wide. Fantastic branching on this new AAS winner means more flower stems sporting beautiful pure white blooms that look like angels dancing over a carpet of dark green foliage. Find it in plant form at your local garden center.