HORTICULTURE — 2020 Flower All-America Selections

Echinacea (Coneflower) ‘Sombrero Baja Burgundy’ (Photo courtesy All-America Selections)
Echinacea (Coneflower) ‘Sombrero Baja Burgundy’ (Photo courtesy All-America Selections)

Sombrero Baja Burgundy will add a bold accent to sunny gardens with its vibrant, deep violet-red blossoms. The beautiful flower color is without equal among coneflowers and is perfect for cut flowers. After being trialed over three tough winters, the AAS Judges noted this plant’s hardiness, sturdy branching and excellent blooming habit. Birds and pollinators like this deer-resistant flower. Gardeners will enjoy prolific blooms from mid-summer until the first frost.

RUDBECKIA ‘AMERICAN GOLD RUSH’ — Herbaceous Perennial Winner:
American Gold Rush’s bright, golden-yellow flowers with black centers and arched petals is a gorgeous addition to any garden. This compact, upright dome-shaped beauty has narrow 2-inch wide foliage bred for its resistance to Septoria leaf spot. This hybrid shows no signs of the disease even in wet, humid conditions. Blooming from July to September, with some color up until frost, this cultivar has smaller foliage and shorter height compared to other Rudbeckia varieties. Incredibly easy to grow and pollinators love it.

NASTURTIUM‘TIP TOP ROSE’ — Flower (Annual) Winner:
Tip Top Rose is a strong, yet compact, nasturtium with unique and showy rose-colored flowers showcased above medium-green foliage. These mounded plants had more flowers than the comparison varieties in the AAS trials, producing a bigger and better garden show. Judges described the color of the flower as “a warm, bright rose.” Tip Top Rose remained healthy and uniform throughout the season, whereas other varieties struggled. Bonus: This nasturtium is great for pollinator gardens, and both the leaves and flowers are edible.

Source: All America Selections