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Winners of American Garden Award revealed27 September 2012
The winners' list for this year's American Garden Award has been rolled out. Celebrating its fourth year, the American Garden Award seeks to bring awareness to new flower varieties that have gotten raves and accolades from breeders for their excellent performance in the garden. The American Garden Award begins when breeders select six new flower varieties. These are then planted in and put on display at key participating gardens. The Award then invites the general public to vote on their favorite variety.
The grand winner this year is the begonia ‘Santa Cruz Sunset’ by Ernst Benary of America. It is a Begonia boliviensis variety. This winning blossom has a lot of orange and scarlet blooms and is great for mass plantings in any garden, placement in urns, or gracing hanging basket.
The second place winner is Gazania ‘Big Kiss White Flame’ F1. Developed by Syngenta Flowers, this plant has large, rose-striped white flowers that grace bushy full plants. This variety loves heat and is great for areas that experience periodic drought. Suntory Flowers’ Petunia ‘Surfinia Deep Red’ rounds up this year's winning troika. This plant does not need pruning or pinching and is great for both container and outdoor landscaping.