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February 18, 2019

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 Perennial Plant of the Year® - Displayed by Common Name in Ascending Year


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Botanical Name
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Spring Summer Autumn
Phlox (Woodland) Phlox stolonifera
1. Home Fires
Butterflies love this highly fragrant variety! Masses of brilliant pink flowers cover deep green foliage from late spring to early summer. Choose this mat-forming groundcover... 1990   Click to display 6"-6" 18"-24" 4-8 8" Green
Coral Bells Heuchera micrantha
2. Palace Purple
The original purple coral bells, 'Palace Purple' is perhaps the most well-recognized and widely planted variety of all heucheras. It was the 1991 Perennial Plant... 1991   Click to display 8"-12" 12"-16" 3-8 4" Green
Tickseed (Threadleaf) Coreopsis verticillata 
3. Moonbeam
Ever-popular and a classic perennial, C. 'Moonbeam' is an excellent performer with bright lemon-yellow flowers produced in profusion from early through late summer. The airy... 1992   Click to display 18"-24" 18"-24" 4-9 8" Green
Speedwell (Spiked) Veronica spicata 
4. Sunny Border Blue
Vivid violet-blue spikes dart up above the dark green, crinkly foliage of 'Sunny Border Blue' from midsummer into fall. 1993   Click to display 18"-24" 15"-20" 4-8 8" Green
Russian Sage Perovskia atriplicifolia 
5. Russian Sage
Airy spikes of lavender-blue flowers top strong stems with small, finely dissected, silvery-green leaves. Its loose, open habit makes this perennial an effective filler in... 1995 11C-South Click to display 36"-48" 20"-30" 4-9 8" Green
Beardtongue (Red-leaf) Penstemon digitalis 
6. Husker's Red
Striking, maroon-red foliage with a dark green underlay distinguishes this Penstemon from the other cultivars. White flowers with a tinge of light pink are borne... 1996   Click to display 30"-36" 12"-18" 3-8 8" Green
Salvia Salvia nemorosa 
7. May Night
This German selection has received a great deal of attention because its flowers are an especially rich indigo, and it blooms even longer than other... 1997   Click to display 24"-36" 18"-24" 3-8 4˝" White
Coneflower Echinacea purpurea 
8. Magnus
A classic purple coneflower. Beautiful rose-pink ray petals with a coppery-brown, spiky central cone comprise the huge, flat flower heads. Newer blooms are more intense... 1998   Click to display 36"-36" 18"-24" 3-8 4" Green
Brown-eyed Susan Rudbeckia fulgida
9. Goldsturm
Black Eyed Susans are one of the most popular perennials available today, having earned the prestigious Perennial Plant of the Year Award in 1999. 1999 5C-N;11C-N Click to display 24"-30" 18"-24" 4-10 4" Green
Pincushion Flower Scabiosa columbaria
10. Butterfly Blue
This selection produces a profusion of lavender-blue, pincushion-like flowers over a very long period beginning in late spring. They sit atop wirey stems which hover... 2000 4C-South Click to display 12"-18" 15" 3-9 6" Green
Feather Reed Grass Calamagrostis acutiflora 
11. Karl Foerster
Perennial Plant of the Year for 2001. This is a cool season, clumping grass with a compact, erect growth habit. It is especially prized in... 2001   Click to display 6'-6' 36" 5-9 8" Green
Phlox (Tall Garden) Phlox paniculata 
12. David
'David' is the most mildew-resistant garden phlox today. Its domed clusters of pure-white flowers appear above deep-green leaves that remain clean and healthy nine summers... 2002 10C-South Click to display 42" 24"-36" 4-8 8" Green
Shasta Daisy Leucanthemum superbum 
13. Becky
Copious amounts of very large, single, white blooms are produced atop strong stems which are ideal for cutting. Despite its height, this variety does not... 2003 11C-South Click to display 36"-42" 18"-24" 5-9 8" Green
Fern (Japanese Painted) Athyrium niponicum 
14. Pictum / Metallicum
2004 Perennial Plant of the Year! One of the most colorful ferns for the garden, the Japanese Painted Fern has silvery-grey fronds which are dusty... 2004 12A-South Click to display n/a 12"-18" 24" 3-8 8" Terra Cotta
Lenten Rose Helleborus x orientalis
15. Blue Lady
Dark-blue to purple flowers. 2005 PPA Plant of the Year! The first bloom of spring! These orientalis hybrids have glossy foliage and bear distinct, long-lasting... 2005   Click to display 12"-15" 12"-15" 4-9 10" Terra Cotta
Cheddar Pinks Dianthus gratianopolitanus
16. Firewitch
A profusion of fragrant flowers and blue-green foliage make a beautiful display in the hummingbird or rock garden, at water's edge or as a small-scale... 2006   Click to display 6" 6" 3-9 1 Gallon White
Catmint Nepeta faassenii
17. Walker's Low
Gray-green, aromatic foliage gives way to a plethora of soft lavender-blue flowers which are produced over a long period in summer. Although the stems are... 2007   Click to display 24"-36" 18"-24" 3-8 8" Green
Cranesbill Geranium
18. Rozanne
Best new introduction for continuous summer bloom, huge 2˝" saucer- shaped violet-blue flowers with white centers, attractive deep green foliage with lighter chartreuse marbling, plants... 2008 12C-North Click to display 18"-20" 24"-36" 4-8 8" Terra Cotta
Japanese Forest Grass Hakonechloa macra 
19. Aureola
Variegated but nearly all yellow, the leaf blades have narrow green stripes near the margins. Perhaps its most fascinating attribute is the cascading habit in... 2009 12C-South Click to display 12"-24" 15" 5-9 8" Terra Cotta
False Indigo Baptisia australis 
20. False Indigo
This long-lived, shrub-like perennial presents long spikes of indigo-blue flowers above pleasing blue-green foliage. Blooms are followed by attractive black seed pods. 2010 12C-North Click to display 36"-48" 18"-24" 3-9 8" Green
Blue Star - Narrow Leaf Amsonia hubrectii 
21. Narrow Leaf Blue Star
Very narrow, needle-like leaves line the stems like bottle brushes. From late spring-early summer, clusters of small, light blue, star-shaped flowers are borne above the... 2011   Click to display 30"-36" 36" 4-9 8" Green
Siberian bugloss Brunnera macrophylla 
22. Jack Frost
'Jack Frost' Brunnera is one of the most arresting silvers for shade. Its leaves, painted with an overlay of metallic silver, are finely etched with... 2012   Click to display 12"-12" 15"-18" 3-7 10" Black
Solomon's Seal Polygonatum falcatum (formerly orderatum)
23. Variegatum
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... 2013   Click to display 18"-24" 10"-20" 3-9 8" Terra Cotta
Switch Grass Panicum virgatum
24. Northwind
This selection forms a tall, narrow mound of olive-green leaves, bearing airy heads of tiny green flowers in late summer. Fall color is golden, fading... 2014   Click to display 47"-59" 23"-35" 4-9 8" Green
Cranesbill Geranium x cantabrigiense
25. Biokovo
Great small-scale groundcover for rock gardens! Dwarf spreading form with dainty white flowers flushed pink. Spreads by underground stems, but easy to control.

This hybrid...

2015   Click to display 6"-12" 24"-36" 5-8 8" Green
Anemone (Japanese) Anemone hupehensis var. japonica 
26. Honorine Jobert
Large flowers on graceful, slender stalks provide dramatic late season color for the garden or bouquet. Lovely foliage forms 12" mounds and stays attractive all... 2016 9C-South Click to display 36"-48" 24" 5-9 8" Terra Cotta
Butterfly Flower Asclepias tuberosa
27. Orange
A virtually hassle-free, very long lived perennial, offering three months of tangerine orange blooms (occasionally red or yellow) from early through late summer. Deadheading the... 2017   Click to display 24" 24" 3-9 4" Green
Onion (Ornamental) Allium
28. Millenium
It forms a compact, upright clump of glossy green, thick and strappy leaves which emit a slight smell of onion when crushed. In late... 2018 10C-South Click to display 15"-20" 10"-15" 5-8 8" Green
Betony (Alpine) Stachys monnieri
29. Hummelo
this species forms large, rounded clumps of green, long and narrow, textured leaves. It is lovely even when it's not in bloom. In midsummer, sturdy... 2019   Click to display 18"-20" 18" 4-8 8" Green
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