2013 American Garden Award

By Susan Littlefield

All-America Selections has announced the winners of this year's American Garden Award, now in its fifth year. The 2013 American Garden Award featured four new flower varieties chosen by their breeders for their excellent garden performance. Once these new varieties were planted and put on display at the thirty-one participating gardens across the U.S. (and in Quebec), the public was invited to vote for their favorite using one of several voting methods. The votes have now been tallied and the three winners chosen.

The Grand Prize winner was the eye-catching Verbena 'Lanai® Candy Cane'(pictured). Its truly unique flower pattern really commands curbside attention! This striking red-and-white striped beauty offers continuous summer blooms and superior weather tolerance.

Second place honors went to Zinnia 'Zahara™ Cherry'. Loaded with deep red, single blossoms, this fast-growing zinnia blooms continuously all season long and is both disease and drought tolerant, making it a great choice for both containers and landscape beds.

Last, but not least, is third place winner Impatiens 'SunPatiens® Compact Electric Orange'. With vibrant, deep orange blooms, 'Electric Orange' is a new color in the SunPatiens® line. SunPatiens fill in quickly, providing three seasons of color in the garden and in containers. They can be planted in sun or shade and are trouble free.

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