Sep 14, 2012
American Garden Award Announces 2012 WinnersSource: American Garden Award

The public has voted and it’s time to announce the 2012 American Garden Award Winners! Ernst Benary of America's Begonia boliviensis ‘Santa Cruz Sunset' was selected as the grand prize winner.

The public has voted and it’s time to announce the 2012 American Garden Award Winners! The 2012 American Garden Award, now in its fourth year, featured six new flower varieties chosen by their breeders for their excellent garden performance. Once these new varieties were planted and put on display at the participating gardens, the public was invited to vote on their favorite using one of several voting methods. The votes have been tallied and the three winners are:

Grand Prize Winner
Begonia boliviensis ‘Santa Cruz Sunset’ by Ernst Benary of America – Begonia Santa Cruz Sunset lights up your garden with an abundance of scarlet/orange blooms. Its elegant softly cascading form is perfect for hanging baskets, urns or mass plantings in your garden. Surprisingly heat, drought and rain tolerant, this summer beauty thrives in any location from full sun to shade.

Second Place
Gazania ‘Big Kiss White Flame’ F1 by Syngenta Flower – Gazania Big Kiss White Flame has huge white and rose striped flowers that cover full, bushy plants. This carefree, heat loving and drought tolerant annual loves the sun and thrives in tough conditions, all summer long. Extra large flowers and plants make high impact displays in garden beds or containers.

Third Place
Petunia ‘Surfinia Deep Red’ by Suntory Flowers – Finally, the true deep red petunia gardeners have been searching for! For 20 years, Surfinia has been the best-selling vegetative petunia series in the world, offering superiorgarden performance with no pinching or pruning needed. Enjoy ‘Surfinia Deep Red’ in container gardens or in the landscape from spring through fall.

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