Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Two new AAS Bedding Plant Award Winners for 2013

All-America Selections just announced two new AAS Bedding Plant Award Winners for 2013. Both are zinnias.

Zinnia 'Profusion Double Deep Salmon'

About Zinnia ‘Profusion Double Deep Salmon’, AAS says "an abundance of salmon colored double flowers cover attractive, compact plants from late spring through fall. In trials the dramatic double blooms offered a unique salmon color that held the color better and later into the season than the comparisons. The bright foliage covers spent blossoms giving a much fresher appearance without the need to deadhead. Mature plants are 8-14 inches tall and are perfect as a low or medium height divider. This outstanding garden performer offers disease resistance to both Alternaria and powdery mildew."


Zinnia 'Profusion Double Hot Cherry'

AAS says, "‘Double Hot Cherry’ offers an abundance of vivid deep-rose double flowers. This continuous bloomer covers well-mounded plants from late spring through fall. In trials the dramatic large double blooms held the color significantly better than comparisons and later into the season. The plant covers spent blossoms giving a much fresher appearance without deadheading. Mature plants 8-14 inches tall are perfect as a low or medium height divider. This excellent garden performer also offers disease resistance to Alternaria and powdery mildew."

Both winners were bred by Sakata Seed Corporation.

AAS winners are grown beside two or three similar varieties already on the market. The AAS Judges grow them, then do a side-by-side analysis of growth habit, disease resistance and more to determine if the new ones are truly better than those currently available to home gardeners. Only superior plants are granted the honor of an AAS Award.

Be sure to give Zinnia 'Profusion Double Deep Salmon' and Zinnia 'Profusion Double Hot Cherry' places in your garden. Seed and bedding plants should be available at your local garden center.

Images are courtesy of All-America Selections.

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