New canna and echanicea will hit stores next spring.
All-America Selections has named the first two winners for the 2013 gardening season.
Canna ‘South Pacific Scarlet,’ bred by Takii & Co. Ltd and Echinacea ‘Cheyenne Spirit,’ bred by Kieft Seed, were both chosen for their hardy nature, bountiful blooms and unique qualities. Shown here is 'Cheyenne Spirit.'
‘South Pacific’ has a robust nature and numerous flowers. It grows 4 to 5 feet tall and blooms all summer. The canna tolerates wet conditions, and can be great for a pond barrier or anywhere else near water.
‘Cheyenne Spirit’ is a first-year flowering echinacea that produces an array of flower colors from purple to orange to red to white. The cone flower does not require a lot of water, and gardeners don’t have to worry about deadheading.
Seeds for both varieties will be available soon, and plants will be arriving at retail stores next spring.