2011 All-America Selections

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 'Arizona Apricot' Gaillardia
'Arisona Apricot' Gaillardia stands out for the abundance of its flowers and their unique apricot color. The daisy-like blossoms are 3-3.5 inches wide and are borne in profusion throughout the season. The plant grows compactly to 12 inches tall and as wide, making it ideal as a colorful addition for borders and the front of the garden. A virtually maintenance-free, drought-tolerant perennial, it's the winner of the AAS Flower Award.

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 'Summer Jewel Red' Salvia
' Summer Jewel Red' Salvia (Salvia coccinea ' Summer Jewel Red Red') displays an abundance of brilliant-red flowers from spring into fall. This vigorous plant does best in full sun and can grow to 20 inches tall and 16 inches wide. Common names for the species include Hummingbird Sage, Scarlet Sage, and Texas Sage. Bonus: Hummingbirds love the flowers and goldfinches swarm the plant for its seeds.

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 'Shangri-La Marina' Viola
The 'Shangri-La Marina' Viola (Viola cornuta 'Shangri-La Marina) is an early flowering, mounding viola that boasts beautiful light blue flowers with a velvety dark-blue face. This frost-tolerant biennial provides a mat of color until covered with snow and then reappears in spring. It does best in full sun and is ideal for garden edging, hanging baskets, and containers.

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 'Glamour Red' Ornamental Kale
'Glamour Red' Ornamental Kale (Brassica oleracea 'Glamour Red') features exceptionally vivid color and uniquely shiny. fringed leaves. It grows to 12 inches tall and 14 inches wide and prefers full sun. Frost-tolerant and disease-resistant, in warmer climes it can provide color from November into March.

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 'Orange Blaze' Pepper
'Orange Blaze' Pepper (Capsicum annuum 'Orange Blaze') is a sweet bell pepper named a winner for its early maturity, sweet flavor, disease resistance, and beautiful color. The peppers are 3-4 inches long and half as wide. In full sun the plant grows upright to 24 inches tall and as wide.

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 'Hijinks' Pumpkin
The 'Hijinks' Pumpkin (Cucurbita pepo 'Hijinks') is big fun especially for kids, they say. The fruits are small, averaging 6-7 pounds, with smooth, nicely grooved, deep-orange skin ideal for painting or carving and also come with strong stems ideal as handles. In addition, yields are high and the plant resists powdery mildew.

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 'Lizzano' Tomato
The 'Lizzano' Tomato (Solanum lycopersicum 'Lizzano') is a vigorous, compact cherry-type tomato superb for containers and hanging baskets. It grows to 20 inches tall and as wide and although compact is said to benefit from staking. Given full sun, it produces an abundance of tasty inch-wide fruits.

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 'Terenzo' Tomato
The 'Terenzo' Tomato (Solanum lycopersicum 'Terenzo') is a real winner for producing a great abundance of sweet red cherry tomatoes on a very compact, tidy plant. It grows to 16-20 inches tall and trails to 20 inches wide. As might be expected, it's perfect for containers and hanging baskets.

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