Best Flower & Vegetable Varieties | 2014 Home & Garden Awards

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Looking for some help in planning a successful New England flower or vegetable garden? Here are the winners for the best flower and vegetable varieties in Yankee Magazine’s 2014 Home & Garden Awards.

Allium sativum ‘Russian Red’ 
If you like your garlic strong as well as durably winter-hardy,  go for this rocambole heirloom variety that came over with a Russian immigrant.

Allium sativum ‘Russian Red’ If you like your garlic strong as well as durably winter-hardy, go for this rocambole heirloom variety that came over with a Russian immigrant.

Photo/art by illustrated by Erick Ingraham

Vaccinium corymbosum 
‘Bountiful Blue’ 
At 3 feet, not only is this new introduction neatly dwarf, but it produces a bounty of big, juicy berries followed by fiery autumn foliage.

Vaccinium corymbosum ‘Bountiful Blue’ At 3 feet, not only is this new introduction neatly dwarf, but it produces a bounty of big, juicy berries followed by fiery autumn foliage.

Photo/art by illustrated by Erick Ingraham

Hydrangea paniculata ‘Limelight’ 
Like a golden retriever,  ‘Limelight’ hydrangea is eager to please, smothered in huge, creamy umbels reliably from midsummer until autumn.

Hydrangea paniculata ‘Limelight’ Like a golden retriever, ‘Limelight’ hydrangea is eager to please, smothered in huge, creamy umbels reliably from midsummer until autumn.

Photo/art by illustrated by Erick Ingraham

Wisteria frutescens 
‘Amethyst Falls’  
Yes, it’s a vigorous 30-foot vine. But this version of the American species with clusters of lavender blossoms won’t consume the rest of your garden.

Wisteria frutescens ‘Amethyst Falls’ Yes, it’s a vigorous 30-foot vine. But this version of the American species with clusters of lavender blossoms won’t consume the rest of your garden.

Photo/art by illustrated by Erick Ingraham

Hosta ‘Sum and Substance’
In this case, Substance refers not only to the gargantuan foliage of this jolly chartreuse giant, but to its thick leaves, which slugs don’t pester.

Hosta ‘Sum and Substance’ In this case, Substance refers not only to the gargantuan foliage of this jolly chartreuse giant, but to its thick leaves, which slugs don’t pester.

Photo/art by illustrated by Erick Ingraham

Narcissus ‘Thalia’ 
Cringe at acid yellow but need a little narcissus in spring? This elegant midseason bloomer, a pure-white spring peeper, is the solution.

Narcissus ‘Thalia’ Cringe at acid yellow but need a little narcissus in spring? This elegant midseason bloomer, a pure-white spring peeper, is the solution.

Photo/art by illustrated by Erick Ingraham

Tulipa ‘Lady Night’
Proof again that Yankees have their dark side, this nearly black (actually deep mahogany) Triumph tulip with strong stems and early blooms is all the rage.

Tulipa ‘Lady Night’ Proof again that Yankees have their dark side, this nearly black (actually deep mahogany) Triumph tulip with strong stems and early blooms is all the rage.

Photo/art by illustrated by Erick Ingraham

Rhododendron ‘PJM’
When you need a workhorse, turn to this diehard. It endures sun or shade, blossoms reliably in early spring, forms a neat mound, and blushes burgundy in autumn.

Rhododendron ‘PJM’ When you need a workhorse, turn to this diehard. It endures sun or shade, blossoms reliably in early spring, forms a neat mound, and blushes burgundy in autumn.

Photo/art by illustrated by Erick Ingraham

Phaseolus vulgaris ‘Jade’
Not only is this bush snap bean tender and flavorful, but it pumps out prolific multiple crops despite blistering heat.

Phaseolus vulgaris ‘Jade’ Not only is this bush snap bean tender and flavorful, but it pumps out prolific multiple crops despite blistering heat.

Photo/art by illustrated by Erick Ingraham

Lycopersicon ‘Iron Lady’
The new generation must do more than merely taste great. This introduction, with 5-ounce fruit, is resistant to early and late blights and Septoria leaf spot.

Lycopersicon ‘Iron Lady’ The new generation must do more than merely taste great. This introduction, with 5-ounce fruit, is resistant to early and late blights and Septoria leaf spot.

Photo/art by illustrated by Erick Ingraham

Syringa ‘President Lincoln’
For everyone who thinks of lilacs and New England as synonymous, this classic ultra-fragrant heirloom with a lengthy stint of true-blue blossoms is a must.

Syringa ‘President Lincoln’ For everyone who thinks of lilacs and New England as synonymous, this classic ultra-fragrant heirloom with a lengthy stint of true-blue blossoms is a must.

Photo/art by illustrated by Erick Ingraham

Phlox ‘Old Cellarhole’
Plagued by powdery mildew? This heirloom garden phlox is impervious. Pair that bonus with clouds of lavender-pink flowers and get a reliable late-summer performance.

Phlox ‘Old Cellarhole’ Plagued by powdery mildew? This heirloom garden phlox is impervious. Pair that bonus with clouds of lavender-pink flowers and get a reliable late-summer performance.

Photo/art by illustrated by Erick Ingraham

Hemerocallis ‘Primal Scream’ 
Shrieking orange with fiery overtones, long petals, and a prolonged blooming season, what’s not to love about this loud daylily?

Hemerocallis ‘Primal Scream’ Shrieking orange with fiery overtones, long petals, and a prolonged blooming season, what’s not to love about this loud daylily?

Photo/art by illustrated by Erick Ingraham

Rosa ‘William Baffin’ Lusting after voluptuous roses but find that most climbers are wimps? Try this lusty pink repeat-bloomer in the Explorer Series.

Rosa ‘William Baffin’ Lusting after voluptuous roses but find that most climbers are wimps? Try this lusty pink repeat-bloomer in the Explorer Series.

Photo/art by illustrations by Erick Ingraham

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