The 2015 All American plant selections have been announced. Every year a committee of experts select outstanding new plants or varieties of plants for American gardeners. These plants were grown last year in trial gardens across the US. This year the committee that makes the selections has also announced some regional winners, plants that are outstanding in some areas of the country. Here are the national selections and selections for our region. You will be able to find at least some of them in garden stores and catalogs this spring.
Salvia Summer Jewel White 2015 National AAS Bedding Plant Award Winner – This is a dwarf, pure white salvia that blooms prolifically.
Petunia Trilogy Red F1 2015 AAS National Bedding Plant Award Winner-The Trilogy series petunias have a great dome shaped habit. This is a new color for the type- a true scarlet red.
Impatiens Bounce™ Pink Flame PPAF ‘Balboufink’ 2015 National AAS Flower Award Winner- Bounce is a new hybrid impatiens with complete downy mildew resistance that looks just like the formerly well-loved Impatiens walleriana. Let’s hope other colors will soon be introduced, (this is hot pink).
Impatiens SunPatiens® Spreading Shell Pink 2015 National AAS Flower Award Winner. – Another hybrid impatiens that has good downy mildew resistance, this one is a softer pink. It’s not the same breeding as the one above.
Basil Dolce Fresca 2015 AAS National Vegetable Award Winner – A basil with sweet tender leaves and a compact shape.
Lettuce Sandy 2015 AAS National Vegetable Award Winner -This is an oakleaf type lettuce with frilled deep green leaves. It has very good disease resistance and is slow to bolt.
Pak Choi Bopak F1 2015 AAS Regional Northeast, Great Lakes Vegetable Award Winner -This Pak Choi matures early and has soft, tender leaves.
Peppers were very popular with the judges this year it seems.
Pepper Emerald Fire F1 2015 AAS National Vegetable Award Winner -This is an extra hot, extra-large and extra tasty jalapeno pepper
Pepper Flaming Flare F1 2015 AAS National Vegetable Award Winner – An early maturing chili type pepper with a high yield of brilliant red fruit.
Pepper Pretty N Sweet F1 2015 AAS National Vegetable Award Winner – A compact sweet pepper with multi-colored fruit that’s great for containers.
Radish Roxanne F1 2015 AAS National Vegetable Award Winner – A red colored radish that doesn’t get pithy even when large.
Squash Bossa Nova F1 2015 AAS National Vegetable Award Winner- A zucchini with light and dark green mottled skin that’s very prolific. (Do we really need more prolific zucchini?)
Squash Butterscotch F1 2015 AAS National Vegetable Award Winner – A small, sweet butternut type squash.
Tomato Chef’s Choice Pink F1 2015 AAS Regional (Southeast, Great Lakes) Vegetable Award Winner -This is a pink beefsteak type tomato with large yields and a great flavor.
Where trial gardens are located in Michigan
You may know that MSU has an annual trial garden where growers donate plants for MSU to grow and rate. Some All American Selections were trialed there. But did you know there is an All American Selection trial garden in Frankenmuth? It’s located on the grounds of Frankenmuth Mutual Insurance, 1 Mutual Avenue- which is just off W. Genesee, in Frankenmuth. If you go to Frankenmuth this summer stop by and have a look.
Other trial gardens are located in the Dow Gardens in Midland, Fernwood Botanical Gardens in Niles, Hidden Lake Gardens in Tipton and the Raker Trial Gardens in Litchfield, which is southwest of Battle Creek.
The Raker Trial Gardens are some of the largest in the country. This company grows plants that private and commercial breeders send to them from all over the world. They provide an independent and objective evaluation of new cultivars that breeders hope to sell to consumers. You can visit this display garden from July 15th to August 28, 2015 between 9-5. Rakers also hosts what they call the Connection a two day event that brings growers, breeders, professional and home gardeners together. There are tours, networking, speakers and so on. Kids are welcome. This year’s event is July 30-31st. For more information go to http://trialgardens.raker.com/
Raker’s is also a huge wholesale producer of plugs and small nursery plants that are sold throughout the country. They have a partnership with Hort Couture- which brings out the newest and choicest varieties of plants. If you want to see some of the plants that are being offered this spring there are two links below. You’ll need to find these plants in local nurseries or catalogs.
Black book of new plants:
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