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2010 All-America Selections

'PowWow Wild Berry' Coneflower'PowWow Wild Berry' Coneflower
'PowWow Wild Berry' (Echinacea purpurea 'PowWow Wild Berry') is a purple coneflower variety whose basal branching habit yields more of its 3-4-inch-wide, vivid pinkish-purple flowers than the blossoms on other coneflowers. It almost blooms continually all season without the need to deadhead. The plant grows 20-24 inches tall and and 12-16 inches wide, and like all coneflowers, does best in full sun.
'Mesa Yellow' Gaillardia'Mesa Yellow' Gaillardia
'Mesa Yellow' Gaillardia (Gaillardia x grandiflora 'Mesa Yellow') impressed AAS judges for its prolific flowering throughout the season and its globe-shape seedheads. The plant grows in a neat mound 20-22 inches tall and 16-18 inches wide and, unlike other Gaillardias, does not get floppy. Ideal for bringing bright yellow color to smaller gardens and containers, it also attracts butterflies and makes superb cut flowers.
'Endurio Sky Blue Martien' Viola'Endurio Sky Blue Martien' Viola
'Endurio Sky Blue Martien' (Viola cornuta 'Endurio Sky Blue Martien;) is a spreading, mounding viola that AAS says looks delicate but is "tough as nails" in the garden. The color is a clear sky-blue and the plants grow to 6 inches tall and 12 inches wide. In milder climes it blooms throughout the winter and farther north if planted in fall will provide autumn color and bloom again the following spring. AAS says it's also perfectly suited to window boxes, hanging gardens, and balcony and patio planters. 
'Zahara Starlight Rose' Zinnia'Zahara Starlight Rose' Zinnia
'Zahara Starlight Rose' Zinnia (Zinnia marylandica 'Zahara Starlight Rose') is a striking new bicolor zinnia that offers resistance to those old zinnia bugaboos, leaf spot and mildew. Its rose and white flowers are 2 1/2 inches wide and provide lively and generous color all season. The plants grow to 14 inches tall and as wide. Very easy to grow, this zinnia loves full sun and is both heat and drought resistant.
'Twinny Peach' Snapdragon'Twinny Peach' Snapdragon
'Twinny Peach'  Snapdragon (Antirrhinum majus 'Twinny Peach') is most unusual in that it doesn't have the typical snapdragon's "snapping jaws" but instead has double flowers, the inspiration for the name "Twinny." Also distinctive is flower color absolutely unique among snapdragons--a soft blend of peach, yellow, and light orange. In full sun the plant grows to about 12 inches tall and 8 inches wide and produces an abundance of flower spikes. Heat tolerant and easy to grow, it also makes exceptionally beautiful cut flowers.
'Moonsong Deep Orange' Marigold'Moonsong Deep Orange' Marigold
Sometimes the camera can't accurately capture a flower's true color, and the AAS judges say that's the case with 'Moonsong Deep Orange' Marigold (Tagetes erecta 'Moonsong Deep Orange'), which they describe as being a unique, intense, deep orange. The blossoms are fully double and range from 2 1/2 - 3 1/2 inches in width. In full sun the plant grows to 15 inches tall and 14 inches wide. In addition, during the season new foliage will cover the spent blooms, making deadheading unnecessary for a neat appearance. 
'Double Zahara Cherry' Zinnia'Double Zahara Cherry' Zinnia
Another new zinnia with high resistance to leaf spot and mildew, 'Double Zahara Cherry' (Zinnia, interspecific 'Double Zahara Cherry') produces masses of fully double, bright cherry-red flowers all season long. The plant loves full sun and grows to about 14 inches tall and 13 inches wide. This is a good one for those who love the Profusion series of zinnias but would like double flowers.
'Cajun Belle' Pepper'Cajun Belle' Pepper
'Cajun Belle' (Capsicum annuum 'Cajun Belle') is a sweet, savory pepper that matures to green color but turns to yellow, then red, when left on the plant. The compact plant grows to 2 feet by 2 feet and is excellent for containers. The peppers, 3 inches long, resemble small bell peppers and, AAS says, have "Incredible taste!"
'Shiny Boy' Watermelon'Shiny Boy' Watermelon
AAS judges chose the 'Shiny Boy' Watermelon (Citrullus lanatus 'Shiny Boy') for several reasons, among them its sweet tropical flavor and the fact that its vigorous vines can be grown vertically to eliminate the need for horizontal yard or garden space. The globe-shaped, red-fleshed melons weigh about 20 pounds, with some larger, and the vines grow up to 12 feet in length. Bonus: This is one of the earliest melons, maturing about 75 days after transplanting.

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