2014 All-America Selections Winners
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 21, 2014
URBANA, Ill. – All-America
Selections is an independent, non-profit organization that tests new varieties
then introduces only the best garden performers as AAS Winners., said a
University of Illinois.
"The AAS Winners offer gardeners reliable new varieties that
have proven their superior garden performance in trial grounds across North
America," said Ron Wolford, a University of Illinois Extension horticulture
For 2014, All-America Selections is recognizing both
national and regional winners.
"As you plan your 2014 garden, think about adding some of
these 2014 All-America Selections winners," Wolford said.
Gaura 'Sparkle White': has long slender stems with a large number of dainty white flowers tinged with a pink blush. It loves full sun and is heat tolerant. 'Sparkle
White' will bloom from late spring to frost.
Penstemon 'Arabesque™ Red' F1: This hybrid has red and white bicolor large
bell-shaped flowers. It does best in full sun. It will attract butterflies and
hummingbirds all summer. It will bloom from summer to frost. Penstemon
'Arabesque™ Red' F1 is heat tolerant.
Sunflower 'Suntastic' F1: This is a new dwarf sunflower growing 10 to 24 inches
tall. It is great for containers. Each plant produces up to 20, 5 to 6-inch
flowers per plant in three successive blooming periods. Sunflower 'Suntastic'
F1 will bloom in 65 days from seed.
Petunia 'African Sunset' F1: Plants will bloom from late spring to frost with orange flowers. The mounded spreading plants will grow 12 inches tall and spread up to
20 inches. Petunia 'African Sunset' F1 is good for containers or hanging baskets.
Bean 'Mascotte': This is a bush-type bean with long slender pods that stay
above the foliage for easy harvest. Bean 'Mascotte' has white showy
flowers. The stringless pods are very crisp. It goes from seed to harvest in
just 50 days. Bean 'Mascotte' is great for containers and window boxes.
Cucumber 'Pick a Bushel' F1: This heat-tolerant pickling cucumber can be picked at the gherkin or spear stage. The semi-bush plants can be planted in the garden or in
patio containers. Cucumber 'Pick a Bushel' F1 takes 50 days from seed to harvest.
Pepper 'Mama Mia Giallo' F1: This is an early-maturing, yellow, sweet Italian
pepper. It produces a huge yield of peppers with a sweet flavor. The peppers
are 7 to 9 inches long. Pepper 'Mama Mia Giallo' F1 is resistant to tobacco mosaic
Pumpkin 'Cinderella's Carriage' F1: This hybrid pumpkin has pink-red colored
fruit shaped like the pumpkin carriage from the fairy tale Cinderella. Each
plant will yield five to seven yellow fleshed, sweet nutty-flavored, 25- to
35-pound pumpkins. It is great for baking or for fall decorations. Pumpkin
'Cinderella's Carriage' F1 is resistant to powdery mildew.
Tomato 'Chef's Choice Orange' F1: This is an heirloom,
indeterminate tomato with almost neon-orange beefsteak-shaped fruit. It will
grow 5 feet tall and will yield tomatoes just 75 days from transplanting. The
color does not fade when cooked. Tomato 'Chef's Choice Orange' F1 is disease
Tomato 'Fantastico' F1: This is a determinate bush tomato that will yield around 350 glossy red half-ounce fruits. Some plants will yield up to 12 pounds of
fruit. It is great for small gardens, containers, and hanging baskets. Tomato
'Fantastico' F1 is resistant to late blight.
Tomato 'Mountain Merit' F1: This is a medium to large, round red beefsteak
tomato that is good for slicing and sandwiches. It will yield tomatoes over a 4
to 5-week period. Tomato 'Mountain Merit' F1 is resistant to multiple diseases.
For more information about the 2014
All-America Selections winners, visit their website at http://www.aaswinners.com//index.cfm.
Source: Ron Wolford, Extension Educator, Horticulture, firstname.lastname@example.org