Annuals for 2004
are the even dozen All America Selections winners for
Watch for these in garden centers in spring - or buy seeds early
for those that are available.
See the links at right, beside the individual plant varieties.
Top Annuals for 2008
AAS Top Annuals for 2007
AAS Top Annuals for 2006
AAS 2005 Top Annuals
AAS 2004 Top Annuals
F1 'Can Can Scarlet' Flower Award Winner
This is one of the most
fragrant garden carnations. The spicy fragrance will almost fill
a room when the double, 2-inch blooms are cut and used in a
bouquet. 'Can Can Scarlet' is heat tolerant, producing flowers
throughout the growing season into the fall. This variety is
perfect for a cut flower garden, the grey-green foliage
contrasts with the bright scarlet blooms. Mature plants will
reach 12 to 14 inches tall. Flowering pot plants will be
available from garden centers in the spring.
Millet F1 'Purple Majesty' GOLD MEDAL Flower Award Winner
"Tall, dark and handsome"
describes this purple-leaved millet. Young plants are
green-leaved, direct sunlight induces the purple leaf color.
Capable of growing 3 to 5 feet tall, the plants are embellished
with 8- to 12-inch flower spikes. The immature spikes can be cut
and used dramatically in floral arrangements. Left on the plant,
the millet seed spike attracts birds that snack on seed. 'Purple
Majesty' is very easy to grow and is very tolerant of heat and
low moisture. The purple leaf blades and spike are distinctly
different from all other ornamentals.
F1 'Merlin Blue Morn' Flower Award Winner
different blue and white petunia, the 2½-inch blooms are pure
white in the center with a soft transition to velvety blue on
the petal edge. The bicolor pattern is highly visible from a
distance. Best garden performance will occur in full sun. The
branching plants will spread 18 to 30 inches and attain a mature
height of 15 to 20 inches. 'Merlin Blue Morn' is highly
recommended for use in hanging baskets or patio containers.
'Merlin Blue Morn' bedding plants will be available from retail
hirta 'Prairie Sun' Flower Award Winner
rudbeckia has distinctive blooms. The light green central cone
blends beautifully with the golden-yellow petals, which are tipped
primrose yellow. The 5-inch blooms on branching plants that mature
at about 3 feet tall make a strong statement in any full-sun
garden. Easy to grow and maintain, 'Prairie Sun' is a memorable
plant in any perennial, annual or cut flower garden. Flower stems
are sufficiently long for quality cut flowers. 'Prairie Sun'
plants become a forceful focal point in any large container.
F1 'Blue Wave' Flower Award Winner
dark blue 2-inch blooms cover this trailing plant for the growing
season. The plants are capable of spreading 3 to 4 feet like a
ground cover. Mature plant height can be 4 to 7 inches. The 'Wave'
improvement is little garden toil. No pinching or pruning is
needed for 'Blue Wave' to flower all season. The plants need
moderately fertile soil to maintain the freedom of bloom. 'Blue
Wave' is adaptable to any container. Flowering pot plants will be
available at retail stores this spring.
foeniculum 'Golden Jubilee' Flower Award Winner
golden-leaved aromatic herb thrives in a full-sun garden or a
partial-shade garden location. The symmetrical, branching plants
reach a mature height of 20 inches and spread 10 to 15 inches. The
heat-loving plants will produce dense spikes of lavender-blue
florets that crown the plants in mid to late summer. The
attractive serrated leaves release an alluring mint fragrance when
lightly crushed. 'Golden Jubilee' is an easily grown undemanding
annual. Named 'Golden Jubilee' to commemorate the 50 years' reign
of HM Queen Elizabeth II.
F1 'Corona Cherry Magic' Bedding Plant Award Winner
This is the
first dianthus with a capricious bicolor pattern. The flower color
can be entirely cherry red, entirely lavender or a mosaic of both
colors. The unpredictable design is whimsical. Best performance
will occur in a full-sun location. Expect large, 2-inch blooms.
'Corona Cherry Magic' plants will reach 7 to 9 inches tall when
mature and spread 8 to 10 inches. This annual provides flower
color throughout the growing season. 'Corona Cherry Magic' bedding
plants will be available from garden centers.
'Jaio Dark Red' Bedding Plant Award Winner
A really red
vinca with a small white center sets this summer flowering vinca
apart from all others. The large 2½-inch blooms can cover the
basal branching plant throughout the growing season. The glossy
green foliage is not attractive to insects or larger mammals such
as deer. When grown in a full-sun garden location, 'Jaio Dark Red'
plants can attain a mature plant height of 15 inches, spreading up
to 20 inches. Extremely heat and drought tolerant, 'Jaio Dark Red'
provides constant garden color with minimal care.
F1 'Forever White' Bedding Plant Award Winner
Simply the best
white flowering eustoma for your garden. The large 2½-inch
ivory-white blooms cover the plant at various times throughout the
growing season. 'Forever White' exhibited heat and low moisture
tolerance in trials across North America. The compact, branching
plant lends itself to container culture. Attaining a mature height
of 12 inches, 'Forever White' plants fit perfectly into patio
containers where the blooms can be appreciated with close contact.
'Forever White' flowering potted plants will be available from
pulchella 'Sundance Bicolor' Bedding Plant Award Winner
consistent mahogany red and yellow bicolor gaillardia flower. The
globe-shaped blooms are primarily double and can cover the plant
throughout the growing season. Exhibiting heat and drought
tolerance, 'Sundance Bicolor' is carefree in the garden. The
spreading plants need 15 to 16 inches of garden space, preferably
in full sun. This annual needs moderately fertile soil and
moisture to flower abundantly during the summer. The spreading
habit is desirable for hanging baskets or patio containers.
Squash F1 'Papaya Pear' Vegetable Award Winner
summer squash with a shape similar to a tropical papaya fruit. The
bright yellow squash looks like a light bulb with the widest
section near the blossom end. One of the earliest varieties,
'Papaya Pear' fruit can be harvested in about 40 days from sowing
seed. The semi-bush plant requires less garden space. For plants
that yield squash continuously, pick 'Papaya Pear' at a young
stage when about 3 inches long and 2 to 3 inches wide. Easy to
grow in any garden with full sun.
F1 'Angel' Vegetable Award Winner
Mediterranean-type melon, 'Angel' has a heavenly flavor. All melon
sugars are scientifically measured as a brix count. 'Angel'
measured 16% to 19%, which indicates a very sweet flavor. The 2-
to 3-pound melons have a white interior with a crisp texture.
'Angel' helps the gardener know when to harvest. The lightly
netted melon skin turns creamy yellow when mature; about 60 days
from planting young 'Angel' plants into the garden. 'Angel' vines
will spread 6 to 7 feet and are resistant to fusarium wilt races 0
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