Five new ornamental All-America Selections winners

Tagetes patula Super Hero Spry - photo: All-America Selections

Tagetes patula Super Hero Spry – photo: All-America Selections

All-America Selections (AAS), the US non-profit plant trialing organization, announces eleven new AAS Winners. Each of the following varieties was trialed throughout North America by professional, independent, volunteer judges who grew them next to comparisons that are considered best-in-class. Five are 2018 AAS Flower Winners and 2018 AAS Ornamental Vegetative Winners. Six are 2018 AAS Edible – Vegetable Winners for the home garden market.
The following descriptions are edited by All-America Selections.
Canna South Pacific Orange F1 – photo: All-America Selections

Canna South Pacific Orange F1 – photo: All-America Selections

2018 AAS Flower Winner Canna South Pacific Orange F1 is a sister to 2013 AAS Winner South Pacific Scarlet. Both bred by Takii & Co., Ltd. In Japan. ”It is compact in habit and well suited for both landscape and container use. This variety is more vigorous, more uniform, and has more basal branching than comparison cannas. It offers an outstanding bloom color in an attractive, vivid bright orange that contrasts nicely with the bright green foliage. Pollinator gardens will love this addition of an attractive canna that sports uniformly colored flowers over a long blooming period.” Bonus is according to AAS that this canna is grown from seed, not tuber, meaning less chance of succumbing to disease.” The same goes for South Pacific Scarlet.
Cuphea hyssopifolia FloriGlory Diana - photo: All-America Selections

Cuphea hyssopifolia FloriGlory Diana – photo: All-America Selections

Cuphea hyssopifolia FloriGlory Diana – 2018 AAS Ornamental Vegetative Winner – was highly praised by the AAS Judges for its larger flowers, the impressive number of flowers and the darker, more intensely colored magenta flowers. The dark green foliage complement the flowers and really makes a statement for this new AAS Winner. With FloriGlory Diana, gardeners will be delighted with the compact (10-12 inch) size, longer flowering time, heat and weather tolerance. It is an ideal plant for borders, mass plantings and containers.”
FloriGlory Diana is bred by German breeder Westhoff. Diana is part of the FloriGlory series which comes in two types: multfifloriferous bedding plant types (Latina names) and very large flowered landscape types (Latino names). Large flowered are also Maria (white), Selena (magenta) and Sofia (lavender).
Gypsophila muralis Gypsy White Improved - photo: All-America Selections

Gypsophila muralis Gypsy White Improved – photo: All-America Selections

Gypsophila muralis Gypsy White Improved is bred by Sakata Seed Corporation, Japan. Semi-double blossoms on this new, improved variety of gypsophila will make your garden sparkle. Not only are the flowers semi-double, but are also a bit larger in size and produce more flowers per plant, resulting in a fluffy white mound of beauty. Gypsy White Improved has better branching and a better growth habit than its predecessor, making it perfect for containers, small spaces and garden beds. A much longer bloom season and better heat tolerance than Gypsy Compact White will make this your new garden favorite.”
Actually, the new AAS Flower Winner is an improvement over a previous winner. Gypsy White received in 2013 a Novelty Award from Fleuroselect. Gypsophila muralis Gypsy Deep Rose also brought a Novelty Award home for Sakata in 2003. The Fleuroselect Novelty Award for Gypsophila muralis Gypsy Pink goes back to 1995.
Tagetes patula Super Hero Spry - photo: All-America Selections

Tagetes patula Super Hero Spry – photo: All-America Selections

Tagetes patula Super Hero Spry from breeder Benary is another 2018 AAS Flower Winner. When one of the discerning AAS judges says, “I’d love to have this in my yard”, you know you have a winner. Super Hero Spry is a lovely compact (10-12 inches) Tagetes patula with dark maroon lower petals and golden yellow upper petals perched on top of the dark green foliage. The list of winning attributes continues: a more uniform and stable color pattern, earlier to bloom and no deadheading required. These stunning blooms make any garden fit for a Super Hero.”
The extended Hero series from Benary includes 8 so-called Super Hero’s.
Zinnia Queeny Lime Orange – photo: All-America Selections

Zinnia Queeny Lime Orange – photo: All-America Selections

Zinnia Queeny Lime Orange is bred by Hugo Dittmar from Samen und Pflanzen in Switzerland. “A wow-color in an easy-to-grow zinnia is what this 2018 AAS Flower Winner brings to the garden. Sporting lovely, large, dahlia-like blooms on a sturdy, compact plant, this variety provides cut flower gardeners and growers with a wonderful hue for today’s floral trends. The unique color evolves from dark coral/peach/orange to a light peach with a dark center as the flowers age. In the trial gardens, visitors loved the show-stopping color and large blooms, making it this year’s fan-favorite. This new AAS Winner is also perfect for cut flower gardens as each uniform plant produces prolific deeply fluted blooms that last about 3 weeks without preservatives or feed.”
The Zinnia Queeny series also includes Lime, Lime Red and Orange. In the US Zinnia Queeny Lime Orange will be available through Floragran.
Edibles
All-America Selections also announced six 2018 AAS Edible – Vegetable Winners: Pak Choi Asian Delight F1 (National), Pepper cayenne Red Ember F1 (National),
Pepper habanero Roulette F1 (National), Pepper Hungarian Mexican Sunset F1 (Regional), Tomato Chef’s Choice Red F1 (Regional) and Tomato Valentine F1 (National). [read more].