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2012 American Garden Award Winners
by Susan Littlefield
The votes are in and the people have spoken! This year's winners of the American Garden Award have been announced by All-America Selections, the fourth year the award has been given. Six new flowering bedding plant contestants with excellent garden performance are chosen each year and put on display at participating public gardens around the country. Visitors to the gardens and the American Garden Award website cast votes for their favorites.
This year's Grand Prize winner is the striking begonia 'Santa Cruz™ Sunset' (pictured). With its abundant cascade of scarlet/orange blooms, it makes an eye-catching display in hanging baskets, containers, or in mass plantings in the garden. Tolerant of heat, drought, and rain, it thrives in full sun to light shade.
Not to be overlooked are second place winner Gazania 'Big Kiss™ White Flame'F1, with huge white and rose striped flowers covering bushy plants, and third place Petunia® Surfina Deep Red', with rich red blossoms on plants that need no pinching or pruning to maintain their good looks.
To find out more about this year's award winners, as well as winners from the past four years of the contest, go to: American Garden Award.