Verbena Lanai Candy Cane, a peppermint-stripe flower, has been named the 2013 winner of the American Garden Award. In its fifth year, the American Garden Award is “a unique opportunity for the gardening public to vote on a specific flower that they think has the most appealing garden characteristics,” according to the website.
Flower breeders from around the world enter the competition, and public gardens throughout the United States and Quebec present the entries so consumers can view the plants and vote for their favorites.
The following descriptions of the top three plants are from the website americangardenaward.com.
· First place – Verbena Lanai Candy Cane – ‘Lanai Candy Cane offers a truly unique flower pattern which commands curbside attention! This striking striped beauty offers continuous summer blooms stacked atop a well-balanced plant habit. Candy Cane was selected from a strong and proven family of verbena varieties with superior weather tolerance.’
· Second place – Zinnia Zahara Cherry – ‘Grow beautiful Zinnia Zahara Cherry in both containers and landscape beds, or just about any other sunny location where you want loads of bold color. These fast-growing zinnias bloom continuously all season long and are both disease and drought tolerant.’
· Third place – 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 grow readily in rain or shine. SunPatiens are trouble free and need no care beyond regular watering.’
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