January 16, 2011

Maine Gardener: Eye candy for gardeners: This year's standouts

By Tom Atwell tatwell@mainetoday.com
Staff Writer

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All-America Rose Selections “Walkingon Sunshine”

All-America Selections named ornamental Kale “Glamour Red” one of two top cool-season bedding plants.

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"Glamour Red" is AAS' first kale selection, for flowering or eating, and it was chosen for its shiny, waxless leaves that look great in the garden.

The viola is low-growing, and has 1¼-inch-tall flowers that are light blue on the edges with a darker blue face.

The Salvia was selected for its early and generous red blossoms. It grows 20 inches tall with half-inch blossoms that attract hummingbirds.

Pumpkin "Hijinks" produce 6- to 7-pound fruits with smooth, orange skin and distinctive grooves that look good for carving or painting.

With the tomatoes, the "Lizzano" is a semi-determinate variety that produces 1-inch fruits prolifically, and the "Terenzo" is a determinate bush variety with slightly larger fruits. Both are ideal for baskets or patios.

The All-America Rose Selections differ from the other winners because these are introductions rather than proven plants, although the selections are tested all around the country, including at the Portland Rose Circle in Deering Oaks.

The winners this year are "Dick Clark" and "Walking on Sunshine."

"Dick Clark" is a fragrant floribunda rose that has black-red buds opening to show swirls of cream and edges of vibrant pink. It is bushy and vigorous, and said to be easy to grow.

"Walking on Sunshine" is a grandiflora that produces bright yellow anise-scented flowers in clusters that gradually fade to a light yellow.

Now you have something to think about while going through your catalogs.

Tom Atwell can be contacted at 791-6362 or at



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Rhododendron “Weston’s Sparkler,” one of this year’s Cary Award winners. The Cary Awards recognize plants suited to New England gardens.

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Gallairdia “Arizona Apricot,” one of the All-America Selections winners.

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All-America Selections Viola “Shangri-La Marina”

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