2011 All-America Selections Winners

Horticulturists with All-America Selections select the first round of winners for 2011, which includes an ornamental kale, three flowers and three vegetables.

| November 26, 2010

Downers Grove, Illinois — All-America Selections (AAS) is pleased to announce the first seven of the 2011 AAS Winners. Following a trial period where these new, never-before-sold varieties are "Tested Nationally and Proven Locally," the AAS judges have submitted their evaluations and selected only the best performers as AAS Winners. With this announcement, these varieties are available for immediate sale and distribution so home gardeners will find seeds and plants available in time for their 2011 seed ordering and gardening season. For a complete list of trial ground locations, please see the AAS website.

All-America Selections was founded in 1932 and continues as the oldest independent plant testing organization in North America. Every year, never-before-sold varieties are trialed in the organization’s Trial Grounds where professional horticulturists determine which varieties will be deemed winners based on their garden performance. AAS winners are announced three times a year. Additional AAS winners will be announced in late January.

The 2011 AAS Winners are:

BEDDING PLANT WINNER: Salvia 'Summer Jewel Red'

This Salvia coccinea was consistently rated “superior” or “above average” by the AAS judges because of its early and generous flower blossoms, continuing from spring to autumn. Additionally, each dwarf and densely branching plant remains a tidy 20 inches tall, even at full maturity. The bright red flower spikes are covered with half inch blooms making it perfect for the bird lover’s garden where the bright red color acts as a magnet for hummingbirds. As an added bonus, goldfinches swarm the plant for seeds. Even the leaves add beauty with their finer-textured, dark-green color. ‘Summer Jewel Red’, just 50 days from sowing to first flower, is approximately two weeks earlier than comparisons. Expect long season performance and superior holding ability in both wind and rain. This annual is ideal for full sun containers, mixed beds and borders where uniformity is desired. Bred by Takii & Co Ltd.

COOL SEASON WINNER: Ornamental Kale 'Glamour Red' F1

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