By Heather Stoa –
A supplement to “Color Splash” in the April/May 2010 issue of Decatur Magazine.
Each year, independent judges throughout the country grow and test new garden varieties of flowers and vegetables for home gardens. The judges release their favorites as All-America Selections (AAS) the following spring. The 2010 award winners include:
- Endurio Sky Blue Martien a clear blue spreading/mounding viola that looks delicate, but beats the competition in wind and rain. Perfect for window boxes, hanging baskets, and containers.
Zinnia Double Zahara Cherry resistant to leaf spot and mildew, two diseases that often plague zinnias. The large double rose-colored blooms and dark green foliage are lovely when planted with other full sun plants in beds or containers.
- Zahara Starlight Rose Zinnia stunning deep pink and white flowers. Also resistant to leaf spot and mildew, and is heat and drought tolerant. Mature plants are 12 to 14 inches tall and wide, and are easily grown from seeds.
- Double Zahara Fire disease resistant with large double flowers in rich orange. The more these zinnias are deadheaded, the more they flower. They’re wonderful as cut flowers.
African Marigold Moonsong Deep Orange blooms in a unique golden orange. Plants are vigorous in heat or drought, and do not need to be deadheaded.
- Gaillardia Mesa Yellow prolific blanket flower. The 3-inch daisy-like flowers bloom early, offer continuous color throughout the summer, attract butterflies, and are beautiful in bouquets.
Compact Snapdragon Twinny Peach double flower form in soft shades of peach, yellow, and light orange.
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