Perennial of the Year

2020 Perennial of the Year

Common name: Golden Japanese Spikenard Looking for something uniquely different for shade? Try this tropical-looking golden beauty with large compound leaves that measure up to 3 feet long! An excellent complement to hostas and woodland perennials, ‘Sun King’ emerges mid-spring with bright gold leaves held on nicely contrasting reddish brown stems. If given at least … [Read More]

2019 Perennial of the Year

Common name: Betony Unlike Stachys byzantina (Lamb's Ear), this species forms large, rounded clumps of green, long and narrow, textured leaves. It is lovely even when it's not in bloom. From early thru midsummer, sturdy spikes of lavender-rose flowers shoot up through the foliage, putting on quite a display. Though this plant is relatively unknown … [Read More]

2016 Perennial of the Year

'Honorine Jobert' is a vigorous, fibrous-rooted, compact Japanese anemone hybrid which typically grows 3-4' tall, spreading by creeping rhizomes. It bears single white flowers (2-3" across) with yellow centers on graceful, wiry stems over attractive dark green foliage mounds. This great cultivar was first discovered in the garden of its namesake M. Jobert in Verdun, … [Read More]

2015 Perennial of the Year

'Biokovo' geranium is a real attention getter, sporting white blooms with bright pink stamens that lend the flowers an overall pink blush. Not only do the masses of flowers attract attention, it keeps blooming for four weeks or more in early to mid-summer (and on occasion, re-blooms in the fall). Bees, butterflies and other pollinators … [Read More]

2013 Perennial of the Year

A classic beauty for the woodland garden. Grown mostly for its clean variegated, soft green foliage which turns yellow in fall. Solomon's Seal is a charming plant for the shade. Standing about 18" tall and arching slightly at the top, the unbranched stems with large, alternate leaves support the dangling white flowers below. On quiet … [Read More]

2012 Perennial of the Year

A superb introduction, forming a clump of heart-shaped silver leaves, delicately veined with mint green. Sprays of bright blue Forget-me-not flowers appear in mid to late spring. This is a choice collector's plant, but an easy-to-grow perennial that performs well in all but the driest of shady conditions. Excellent for the woodland garden. 'Jack Frost' … [Read More]

2011 Perennial of the Year

Amsonia hubrichtii grows 36 inches tall and 36 inches wide in a mounded form. This hardy perennial grows in hardiness zones 4 through 9 and is a versatile North American native. Amsonia offers a variety of features throughout the seasons. From late spring to early summer, two to three inch wide clusters of small, light … [Read More]

2010 Perennial of the Year

Blue false indigo grows three to four feet tall and three to four feet wide in an upright habit. This exceptional perennial grows across a wide range of zones and is one of the most adaptable native species. Newly emerging shoots produce violet-blue, lupine-like flowers in erect 10 to 12 inch racemes atop flower stems … [Read More]