New Vegetables and Flowers to Try in 2020

Krista Harding
District Extension Agent, Horticulture
Southwind Extension District
111 S. Butler
Erie, KS 66733
Office: 620-244-3826
Cell: 620-496-8786

Each year, the All-America Selections (AAS) tests and introduces new flowers and vegetables to home gardeners. These plants have proven themselves to do well in trials across North America. The AAS winner label is like a stamp of approval. This year, there were ten vegetables winners, of which seven were tomatoes, and four flower winners.
The vegetable descriptions were taken from All-America Selections material.
Cucumber Green Light F1 – this is an excellent mini cucumber that can be grown on stakes or poles. It will yield 40 or more spineless fruits per plant. Fun fact: This cucumber is parthenocarpic – meaning the flowers are all females and the fruits are seedless without needing to be pollinated.
Pumpkin Blue Prince F1 – vigorous trailing vines produce 7-9 pound beautiful blue flattened pumpkins with non-stringy, deep orange flesh with savory sweetness. These pumpkins are as pretty as they are delicious. Of all the varieties trialed, Blue Prince was first to flower and fruit which is beneficial for gardeners with a shorter growing season.
Watermelon Mambo F1 – these are perfectly round melons with a beautiful dark green rind and deep red flesh. The sweet crisp flesh is extremely tasty and holds well if you can’t harvest them right away. Each 9” fruit will weigh about 11 pounds at maturity. With a smaller seed cavity, they almost have the look of a seedless melon but with the superior taste of a seeded melon. The judges said this was one of the easiest watermelons they have grown because of high seed germination and vigorously healthy vines.
Coleus Main Street Beale Street – this is the first-ever coleus to be named an AAS winner. This is an outstanding variety that exhibits deep red foliage and holds the color extremely well in the garden. The rich color does not fade, bleach or get spotty as the season moves into late summer. This lush, bushy plant grows uniformly and does not flower until very late in the season. It can be grown in full sun or full shade – making it an ideal foliage for anywhere in the garden.
Echinacea Sombrero Baja Burgundy – this plant will add a bold accent to sunny gardens with its vibrant, deep violet-red blossoms. After being trialed over three tough winters, AAS judges noted this plant for its standout hardiness, sturdy branching, and floriferous blooming habit. Birds and pollinators will certainly flock to this deer-resistant beauty making it a dual purpose plant.
Nasturtium Tip Top Rose – a strong yet compact nasturtium with unique and showy rose-colored flowers. Judges described the color as a “warm, bright rose with less of the black undertones typical in nasturtium flowers.”
Rudbeckia x American Gold Rush – bright, golden-yellow flowered perennial with black centers. This compact, upright domed-shaped beauty has narrow 2-inch wide hairy foliage and
has resistance to Septoria leaf spot. It showed no signs of the fungus even in wet, humid conditions. It is incredibly easy to grow and pollinators love it. It is destined to be the new rudbeckia staple for gardens and landscapes!
For a complete description of the 2020 All America Selections, including the seven tomato varieties, visit
Krista Harding is a K-State Research and Extension Agricultural agent assigned to Southwind District. She may be reached at [email protected] or by calling 620-244-3826.
K-State Research and Extension is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

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