All-America Selections (AAS), the non-profit trialing organization for plants that demonstrate great garden performance throughout North America, has announced 11 new AAS Winners for the 2017 garden season. Each of the varieties was trialed in North America by professional, independent, volunteer judges during one growing season. Each was trialed next to comparison varieties that are considered best-in-class among those currently on the market.
The list of AAS Winners for 2017 (click on each variety for more information on plant traits, characteristics, and needs, as well as breeder and ordering information) includes:
• Dianthus ‘Supra Pink’ F1 (National)
• Fennel ‘Antares’ F1 (National)
• Geranium ‘Calliope Medium Dark Red’ (National)
• Penstemon ‘Twizzle Purple’ (Regional – Heartland and Southeast)
• Pepper’ Mad Hatter’ F1 (National)
• Tomato ‘Chef’s Choice Yellow’ F1 (Regional – Southeast)
• Tomato ‘Patio Choice Yellow’ F1 (National)
• Verbena ‘EnduraScape Pink Bicolor’ (National)
• Vinca ‘Mega Bloom Orchid Halo F1’ (National)
• Vinca ‘Mega Bloom Pink Halo’ F1 (National)
• Zinnia ‘Profusion Red’ (National)
The first group of AAS Winners for 2017 was announced in July 2016. Those are:
• Celosia ‘Asian Garden’ (National)
• Okra ‘Candle Fire’ F1 (National)
• Pea ‘Patio Pride’ (Regional)
• Squash ‘Honeybaby’ F1 (Regional)
• Watermelon ‘Mini Love’ F1 (National)
This brings the grand total to 16 AAS Winners for 2017. Brokers, growers, mail order, and seed packet companies can purchase these varieties immediately. Retailers and consumers will find these AAS Winners for sale for the 2017 gardening season as supply becomes available throughout the chain of distribution. Each AAS Winner will be marketed through an extensive social media and public relations campaign. You can also click below for:
• A complete list of AAS trial judges
• A complete list of all AAS Display gardens. Display Gardens grow, label, and display AAS Winners.
• PowerPoint presentations on the AAS SlideShare account or on the AAS website
• Bench cards and variety markers from the AAS website; posters can be ordered from GardenCenterMarketing.com.