CANNA SOUTH PACIFIC ORANGE F1

Ornamental from Seed Winner.

This newest AAS Winner is compact in habit and well-suited for both landscape and container use. This variety is more vigorous, more uniform and has more basal branching than comparison cannas. It offers an outstanding bloom color in an attractive, vivid bright orange that contrasts nicely with the bright green foliage. Pollinator gardens will love this addition of an attractive canna that sports uniformly colored flowers over a long blooming period. Bonus: This canna is grown from seed, not tuber, meaning less chance of succumbing to disease.

  • Genus species: Canna generalis
  • Common name: Canna
  • Flower color: Orange
  • Foliage color: Green
  • Flower size: 4-1/2 inches
  • Bloom time: Summer
  • Plant height: 15 to 52 inches
  • Plant type: Annual
  • Garden location: Full sun
  • Garden spacing: 12 to 16 inches
  • Weather tolerance: Heat, rain
  • Closest comparisons on market: South Pacific Scarlet F1 and Cannova Orange Shade F1

Bred by Takii & Co., Ltd. and sister to 2013 AAS Winner South Pacific Scarlet.

CUPHEA FLORIGLORY DIANA

Ornamental from Vegetative Cutting Winner.

Cuphea, commonly known as Mexican heather, is an ideal plant for borders, mass plantings and containers. FloriGlory Diana was highly praised by the AAS Judges for its larger flowers, impressive number of flowers and the darker, more intensely colored magenta flowers. The dark green foliage complements the flowers and really makes a statement for this new AAS Winner. With FloriGlory Diana, gardeners will be delighted with the compact (10- to 12-inch) size, longer flowering time, heat and weather tolerance.

  • Genus species: Cuphea hybrid
  • Common name: Mexican heather
  • Flower color: Magenta
  • Foliage color: Glossy dark green
  • Flower size: 3/8 inch
  • Bloom time: Late spring, summer, fall
  • Plant height: 10 to 12 inches
  • Plant type: Annual to Zone 7, overwinters in Zone 8 or higher
  • Garden location: Full sun
  • Garden spacing: 16 to 18 inches
  • Weather tolerance: Drought tolerant, heat, rain and wind resistant
  • Closest comparisons on market: Allyson and Lavender Lace

Bred by Westhoff.

GYPSOPHILA GYPSY WHITE IMPROVED

Ornamental from Seed Winner.

Semidouble blossoms on this new, improved variety of gypsophila will make the garden sparkle. Not only are the flowers semidouble, they are also a bit larger and produce more flowers per plant, resulting in a fluffy white mound of beauty. Gypsy White Improved has better branching and a better growth habit than its predecessor, making it perfect for containers, small spaces and garden beds. A much longer bloom season and better heat tolerance than Gypsy Compact White. Overall, it is a beautiful little plant with many possibilities.

  • Genus species: Gypsophila muralis
  • Common name: Baby’s breath
  • Flower color: White
  • Foliage color: Green
  • Flower size: 1/4 inch
  • Bloom time: Spring, summer
  • Plant height: 10 inches
  • Plant type: Annual to Zone 9, overwinters in
    Zone 10 or higher
  • Garden location: Full or partial sun
  • Garden spacing: 12 to 18 inches
  • Closest comparisons on market: Gypsy Compact White

Bred by Sakata Seed Corporation.

MARIGOLD SUPER HERO™ SPRY

Ornamental from Seed Winner.

When one of the discerning AAS judges says, “I’d love to have this in my yard,” you know you have a winner. Super Hero™ Spry is a lovely compact (10 to 12 inches) French marigold with dark maroon lower petals and golden yellow upper petals perched on top of dark green foliage. The list of winning attributes continues: a more uniform and stable color pattern, earlier to bloom and no deadheading required. These stunning blooms make any garden fit for a Super Hero.

  • Genus species: Tagetes patula
  • Common name: French crested marigold
  • Flower color: Yellow and red
  • Foliage color: Green
  • Flower size: 2 inches
  • Bloom time: Summer to fall
  • Plant height: 10 to 12 inches
  • Plant type: Annual to Zone 7, overwinters in Zone 8 or higher
  • Garden location: Full sun
  • Garden spacing: 10 to 12 inches
  • Weather tolerance: Heat tolerant
  • Closest comparisons on market: Hero Spry and Janie Spry

Bred by Ernst Benary.

ZINNIA QUEENY LIME ORANGE

Ornamental from Seed Winner.

A “wow” color in an easy-to-grow zinnia is what Queeny Lime Orange brings to the garden. Sporting lovely, large, dahlia-like blooms on a sturdy, compact plant, this variety provides cut flower gardeners and growers with a wonderful hue for today’s floral trends. The unique color evolves from dark coral/peach/orange to a lighter peach with a dark center as the flowers age. In the trial gardens, visitors loved the showstopping color and large blooms, making it this year’s fan-favorite. This new AAS Winner is also perfect for cut flower gardens as each uniform plant produces prolific, deeply fluted blooms that last about three weeks.

  • Genus species: Zinnia elegans
  • Common name: Zinnia
  • Flower color: Shades of lime, yellow, peach, salmon and orange
  • Foliage color: Green
  • Flower size: 2 to 3 inches
  • Bloom time: Summer
  • Plant height: 18 to 24 inches
  • Plant type: Annual
  • Garden location: Full sun
  • Garden spacing: 12 inches
  • Weather tolerance: Drought, heat resistant
  • Closest comparisons on market: Benary’s Giant Coral and Queen Red Lime

Bred by Hugo Dittmar, available through Floragran.

2018 Winners

Last July, AAS announced three winners for 2018: American Dream sweet corn, Onyx Red ornamental pepper and Red Racer cocktail tomato.

This group of additional AAS Winners for the 2018 garden season includes:

  • CANNA SOUTH PACIFIC ORANGE F1
  • CUPHEA FLORIGLORY DIANA
  • GYPSOPHILA GYPSY WHITE IMPROVED
  • MARIGOLD SUPER HERO™ SPRY
  • PAK CHOI ASIAN DELIGHT F1
  • PEPPER CAYENNE RED EMBER F1
  • PEPPER HABANERO ROULETTE F1
  • PEPPER HUNGARIAN MEXICAN SUNSET
  • TOMATO CHEF’S CHOICE RED
  • TOMATO VALENTINE F1
  • ZINNIA QUEENY LIME ORANGE