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Perhaps it’s a way of flushing out all the sugar of holiday cookies but I’ve been on a veggie kick lately. I made some fantastic White Bean and kale soup that’s just delicious (and today this vegetable minestrone) and have shared with you some interesting new options for this year’s vegetable garden. However, today, let’s talk about a couple of new flower introductions that have been declared 2017 AAS winners!
Celosia ‘Asian Garden’ will add a beautiful softness to your garden with delightful spiked bright pink flowers. If you click on the link, scroll down and find out much more information on this lovely plant. It blooms from summer to the first frost and is pollinator friendly. It grows to about 40 inches in full sun. It’s heat and drought tolerant!
This spiked beauty claimed victory in North America’s trial sites to become the first ever AAS Winner from Japanese breeding company Murakami Seed. The judges gave this entry high marks in the greenhouse for the good branching, almost bushy growth habit and early to bloom flower spikes.
This next plant gives people mixed feelings. It’s a red geranium. Said THAT way, I can hear groans from some folks who think they’re overrated. But ‘Calliope® Medium Dark Red’ was unmatched in the AAS trial gardens. This AAS Winner has a mounded, semi-spreading growth habit with strong stems supporting the flower heads that are loaded with deep red blossoms.
These plants work great in containers, combination plantings, hanging baskets as well as in an in-ground landscape. Gardeners will enjoy exceptional landscape performance in normal conditions as well as in more challenging high heat and drought conditions. It’s really gorgeous and so versatile. It’s also long lasting. Pinch off the spent flowers and you’ll just keep getting more.
Do you need a “tough as nails” plant? Try Verbena EnduraScape™ Pink Bicolor. This little annual will deliver flowers from cool Spring through the heat and drought of summer. It grows 8 to 12 inches tall in full sun and is tolerant of just about everything!