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2014 AAS winners

Yesterday I talked about what the AAS designation on plants means.  Today I want to share more of those All America Selections for 2014 with you.  For blooms that last from summer to frost, there’s a new penstemon with outstanding color.  It’s called ‘Arabesque Red’.

Penstemon 'Arabesque Red'

Penstemon ‘Arabesque Red’

Plant ‘Arabesque Red’ in full sun in the flower bed or in containers.  It will grow up to 24 inches. To encourage continuous bloom, remove the spent flowers  It’s hardy to Zones 6.  This lovely attracts butterflies and hummingbirds as well as people! 

Gaura - 'White Sparkle' flower

Gaura – ‘White Sparkle’ flower

A flower that will add airy elegance to your garden is a gaura called ‘Sparkle White’.

Gaura 'White Sparkle'

Gaura ‘White Sparkle’

‘Sparkle White’ gaura will bring a touch of airy elegance to the garden with its long slender stems sporting a large number of dainty white flowers tinged with a pink blush. This beauty is perfect mass planted in sun-drenched landscape beds, in groupings with other perennials or in larger containers. Home gardeners will appreciate that this season-long bloomer also has excellent heat tolerance and a more uniform flowering habit than other seed gauras. Commercial growers can utilize ‘Sparkle White’ as a first-year flowering perennial or as an annual, showing its wide range of uses.  It’s hardy to zone 6.

Petunia 'African Sunset'

Petunia ‘African Sunset’

This new petunia ‘African Sunset’ wowed the judges!  You can see why.  That color is amazing.  Planted with any kind of purple and you’ve got a real standout!  Gardeners are always looking for a petunia that grows evenly and uniformly in the garden while producing a prolific number of blooms all season-long and this beauty certainly fills that need. Many of our judges want this in plantings for their alma mater so if your school colors include orange, this one is for you! Mounded spreading plants are 12 inches tall spread up to 20 inches.


For a look at all the 2014 AAS Winners – click the link!

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