All-America Selections (AAS) is now making it easier for consumers to recognize outstanding plants. For the first time, the organization is offering three broker/retailer programs featuring AAS winners — as well as branded pots to plant them in. AAS has selected winning plants in three categories: Tomato-Peppers, Container Edibles and Perennials.
AAS is working with Summit Plastic Company to create printed pots featuring the AAS logo and program description, geared for the consumer’s benefit. The pots will let consumers instantly locate award-winning plants at their local garden retailer.
The AAS-winning peppers in the Tomato-Pepper program include: ‘Cajun Belle,’ ‘Orange Blaze,’ ‘Cayenetta,’ ‘Mexibell,’ and ‘Carmen.’ The tomatoes are: ‘Lizzano,’ ‘Terenzo,’ ‘Jasper,’ ‘Big Beef’ and ‘Husky Gold.’
Varieties included in the Container Edibles program include the best-selling multi-colored 1998 winner, ‘Bright Lights’ Swiss chard, and the just-announced 2014 winner, ‘Mascotte’ bean, bred for both container and in-ground gardening. Also included are two violas: ‘Endurio Sky Blue Martien’ and ‘Shangri-La Marina;’ two tomatoes: ‘Terenzo’ and ‘Lizzano;’ one herb, ‘Siam Queen’ basil; and one pepper, ‘Cayennetta.’
Cultivars in the Perennial program are the 2013 winner, Echinacea ‘Cheyenne Spirit, along with Rudbeckia hirta ‘Cherokee Sunset,’ Rudbeckia hirta ‘Prairie Sun,’ Echinacea ‘PowWow Wild Berry,’ Gaillardia ‘Mesa Yellow’ and Gaillardia ‘Arizona Apricot.’
AAS-printed containers are now available in two sizes from Summit Plastic. Growers and garden centers can choose the red, white and blue pots in either the 1-quart or 2.5-quart size. Minimum quantities must be met and orders must be placed by September 15, 2013. For more information on this new AAS printed pot program, contact Bret Sulaver or visit All-America Selections’ website.