All-American Selections has chosen three annuals as recipients of their AAS Flower Awards for 2016.
Geranium Brocade Cherry Night
The cherry pink flowers of Geranium Brocade Cherry Night are cute and sassy but I will grow this plant for its foliage. Striking, unique, distinctive… all good descriptors for the deep bronze leaves outlined in chartreuse.
I can imagine Geranium Brocade Cherry Night planted with chartreuse sweet potato vine to highlight the edging color, a bright pink-flowering million bells (Calibrachoa) to echo the geranium’s bloom color, and a small ornamental grass for a vertical and textural element. Can you picture it?
Geranium Brocade Fire
The foliage of this winner presents the same colors as Brocade Cherry Night, but in different proportions. The bright green margins are considerably wider, and the bronze tones are confined to the center of leaves. Orange, semi-double flowers bloom nonstop throughout the season.
I picture Geranium Brocade Fire in a blazing combination in a large cobalt blue glazed pot. Suitable spillers would include Little Ruby Alternanthera or a dark sweet potato vine like Solar Power Red. Choose Durango Yellow marigolds to accompany Geranium Brocade Fire in an analogous color scheme.
Or create the unexpected by choosing Little Lucky Hot Pink Lantana. Wow! This is more my style. Either way, pop in purple fountain grass or Red Star Cordyline for height.
Salvia Summer Jewel Lavender
The dusty lavender-purple flowers bloom continuously all summer long even without deadheading! Plant this on a sunny deck and enjoy hummingbirds and butterflies stopping by for a drink of nectar.
I think Summer Jewel Lavender Salvia would be gorgeous planted alongside annuals or perennials with silver foliage. Consider Silver Mound Artemesia or lamb’s ear in a perennial border or dusty miller in a container. Add a deep purple flowering or foliage accent to fashion an enchanting grouping.
Check out the AAS website for more information. Which of these AAS award winners will end up onto your wish lists? These may all find their way into my landscape this season. Garden with me!