Since 1932, All-America Selections has been trialing and picking the best new varieties. For the 2017 garden season, three national and two regional winners have been selected. These varieties were trialed in North America by professional, independent judges during one growing season. Each AAS entry is trialed next to one or two comparison varieties that are considered best-in-class among those currently on the market. Retailers and consumers will find these AAS Winners for sale for the 2017 gardening season as supply becomes available throughout the chain of distribution.

For more information on AAS, including a complete list of trial grounds and the judges behind our awards, visit www.all-americaselections.org. A complete list of all AAS Winners can be found at http://www.aaswinners.com/winners/index.cfm.

Celosia Asian Garden (National Winner)

This spiked beauty claimed victory in North America’s trial sites to become the first ever AAS Winner from Japanese breeding company Murakami Seed. The judges gave this entry high marks in the greenhouse for the good branching, almost bushy growth habit and early to bloom flower spikes.

In the garden, Asian Garden celosia continued to bloom on sturdy stems, keeping the bright pink color all summer long, holding up even through some of the first frosts of the season. The AAS Judges commented on the fact that this celosia was a pollinator-magnet, making this AAS Winner a sure bet for pollinator-friendly gardens.

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Celosia Asian Garden

Plant info

Variety Name: Asian Garden

Genus: Celosia

Species: Argentea

Year: 2017

Common Name: Celosia

Type: Flowers from seed

Breeder: Murakami Seed Co., Ltd

Duration Type: Annual

Hardiness Zone/Hardy to Zone: Zone 9

Light Needs: Full sun

Water Needs: Dry to normal

Plant characteristics

Foliage Color: Dark green

Plant Habit: Upright

Plant Height: Tall: over 24”

Garden Spacing: 12-15 inches

Bloom Time: Late spring, summer to frost

Bloom Color: Rose

Bloom Color Pattern: Solid

Bloom Size: diameter: 0.6 inches; length: 1.5 inches

Fragrance: None

Weather Tolerance: Drought, heat

Pollinator Friendly: All

Watermelon Mini Love F1

This personal-sized Asian watermelon is perfect for smaller families and smaller gardens. Shorter vines (3-4’) still produce up to six fruits per plant and can be grown in smaller spaces. Several judges commented on the crack and split resistant rinds, important for reducing crop loss. For culinary purposes this deep red fleshed watermelon has a thin but strong rind that can be carved into attractive shapes for fruit salad presentations. Mini Love has a high sugar content resulting in sweet and crisp, juicy flesh that will be a true summer delight for watermelon lovers.

Watermelon Mini Love F1
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Plant info

Variety Name: Mini Love F1

Genus: Citrullus

Species: Lanatus

Year: 2017

Common Name: Asian watermelon

Type: Vegetables

Breeder: H.M. Clause

Duration Type: Annual

Light Needs: Full sun

Water Needs: Normal

Season Type: Warm season

Staking Required: No

Plant characteristics

Foliage Color: Dark green

Plant Habit: Compact, vining

Garden Spacing: 3-4 feet per plant

Days To Harvest (Sowing Seed): 80 days

Days To Harvest (Transplant): 70 days

Fruit Color (Harvest): Light green with dark stripes

Fruit Shape: Round to oval

Fruit Weight: 7-9 pounds

Fruit Flavor Description: Sweet, refreshing, few seeds

Number Of Fruits Per Plant: 4 to 6

Plant Spread: 36” x 36”

Disease Resistances or Tolerances: Intermediate resistance to Anthracnose