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2012 American Garden Award

Gardeners across the country cast their ballots and selected their favorite of six new flower varieties entered in the American Garden Award competition.

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2012 American Garden AwardSanta Cruz Sunset Begonia received the most votes. This cascading plant is perfect for hanging baskets, containers or mass plantings. The plentiful scarlet/orange blossoms are sure to brighten your garden. Tolerant of full sun and partial shade this begonia is heat, drought and rain tolerant.

Coming in second for voters, though I must admit – my favorite was Big Kiss White Flame Gazania. The extra large white and rose striped flowers covered this robust plant. A low maintenance heat loving and drought tolerant plant it is a good choice for hot dry summers. And the numerous bright flowers light up the garden.

Coming in third was another beauty, Surfinia Deep Red Petunia. A truly deep red petunia that requires no pinching or pruning.

A bit more information: The American Garden Award is now in its fourth year. Several new varieties are selected and planted and put on display at the participating gardens. The public was invited to vote on their favorite using one of several voting methods.

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