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All-America Selections Announces Second Set of 2018 AAS Winners

All-America Selections (AAS) has released 11 new varieties as part of the second batch of AAS Winners for the 2018 garden season. Each of the following varieties was trialed throughout North America by professional, independent volunteer judges who grew them next to comparisons that are considered best in class. Retailers and consumers will find these AAS Winners for sale as supply becomes available through the distribution chain.

The second set of 2018 AAS Winners includes:


The first batch of 2018 AAS Winners that was previously announced in July includes:
Read more about the first batch here.

Here are some additional details on the newly announced 2018 AAS Winners:

Canna South Pacific Orange F1
AAS 2018 Ornamental from Seed Winner
National Winner
Sister to 2013 AAS Winner South Pacific Scarlet, this newest AAS Winner is compact in habit and well suited for both landscape and container use. This variety is more vigorous, more uniform, and has more basal branching than comparison cannas. It offers an outstanding bloom color in an attractive, vivid bright orange that contrasts nicely with the bright green foliage, and makes for a colorful addition to pollinator gardens. Bred by Takii & Co., Ltd.

Cuphea FloriGlory Diana
AAS 2018 Ornamental from Vegetative Cutting Winner
National Winner
Cuphea, commonly known as Mexican Heather, is an ideal plant for borders, mass plantings and containers. FloriGlory Diana was highly praised by the AAS judges for its larger flowers, impressive number of flowers and the darker, more intensely colored magenta flowers. The dark green foliage complement the flowers and really makes a statement. Bred by Westhoff.

Gypsophila Gypsy White Improved
AAS 2018 Ornamental from Seed Winner
National Winner
Not only are the flowers semi-double, but are also a bit larger in size and produce more flowers per plant, resulting in a fluffy white mound of beauty. Gypsy White Improved has better branching and a better growth habit than its predecessor, as well as a longer bloom season and better heat tolerance, making it perfect for containers, small spaces and garden beds. Bred by Sakata Seed Corporation.

Marigold Super Hero Spry
AAS 2018 Ornamental from Seed Winner
National Winner
Super Hero™ Spry is a lovely compact (10-12 inches) French marigold with dark maroon lower petals and golden yellow upper petals perched on top of dark green foliage. The list of winning attributes continues: a more uniform and stable color pattern, earlier to bloom and no deadheading required. Bred by Ernst Benary. 

Pak Choi Asian Delight F1
AAS 2018 Edible Winner
National Winner
Asian Delight F1 Pak Choi (or Bok Choy) is a Chinese Cabbage that outperformed the comparisons by leaps and bounds. The yield from this AAS Winner can be double or even higher than that of other Pak Choi on the market. Asian Delight forms small to mid-size (5-7 inch) heads that have a tasty, tender white rib and dark green, textured leaves. Bred by Seed Solutions of America.

Pepper Cayenne Red Ember F1
AAS 2018 Edible Winner
National Winner
This new AAS Winner matured earlier than the comparison varieties, which is an important feature for gardeners who live in climates with a shorter growing season. Red Ember produces a large number of rounded end fruits on durable, medium-sized plants. Bred by Johnny's Selected Seeds.

Pepper Habanero Roulette F1
AAS 2018 Edible Winner
National Winner
Roulette F1 resembles a traditional habanero pepper in every way (fruit shape, size and color and plant type) with one exception – no heat. This variety’s one ounce fruits are red with thick walls when it matures and produces a nice citrusy (no heat) habanero flavor. Each plant easily produces 10-11 fruits at one time and up to 100 per season. Bred by Monsanto/Seminis Home Garden.

Pepper Hungarian Mexican Sunrise F1
AAS 2018 Edible Winner
Regional Winner: Southeast and Mountain/Southwest
Mexican Sunrise Hungarian Pepper F1 brings a full spectrum of colors to the garden, from lime green to yellow then orange and red as the fruit matures. These earlier maturing conical pendant shaped peppers produce a thick walled fruit that can be eaten at any stage. The fruits are semi-hot, attractive peppers which can be used for ornamental purposes as well as for processing, pickling and fresh preparations. Bred by Seeds by Design, Inc.

Tomato Chef's Choice Red F1
AAS 2018 Edible Winner
Regional Winner: Southeast and West/Northwest
The fifth addition to the popular Chef’s Choice tomato series is Chef’s Choice Red, which produces 8-ounce globe-shaped, tomato-red beefsteak type tomatoes that have a perfect balance of acid to sugar. Gardeners can expect to yield 30 or more scar-free fruits throughout the season from this disease-resistant plant with dark green leaves and well-behaved form. Bred by Seeds by Design, Inc.

Tomato Valentine F1
AAS 2018 Edible Winner 
National Winner
With an appetizing deep-red color, it has a very sweet taste and will hold longer on the vine without cracking or losing the excellent eating quality. Valentine F1 tomato is quite prolific and will mature earlier (55 days from transplant) than the comparisons. The sweet, firm flesh is meaty enough to resemble a Roma tomato, but in a smaller, grape-type fruit. Bred by Johnny's Selected Seeds.

Zinnia Queeny Lime Orange
AAS 2018 Ornamental from Seed Winner
National Winner
The lovely, large, dahlia-like blooms atop a sturdy, compact plant evolve from dark coral/peach/orange to a lighter peach with a dark center as the flowers age. The prolific deeply fluted blooms last about three weeks without preservatives or feed. Bred by Hugo Dittmar, available through Floragran. 

Click HERE to read more information about these newly announced AAS Winners.


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