By G. Bosley  a.k.a. “groundhog”

Brunnera mac. 'Jack Frost' POY 2012


The Perennial of the Year is a program where members of the Perennial Plant Association vote for the best perennial of the year.  The program was started in 1990 with the yearly selection being made in late fall.

Perennials are nominated for Perennial Plant of the Year (POY) by members, and the selection is refined to 4 plants, from which the winner is selected.  There may be as many as 400 different perennials nominated in any given year.

The voting members come from varied fields of horticulture where perennials are involved such as growers, landscapers, landscape designers, and gardeners.


Perennials nominated must satisfy selected criteria:

1995 POY Perovskia atriplicifolia

  • Suitable for a wide range of climatic conditions
  • Requires low maintenance
  • Relatively pest and disease resistance
  • Easily propagated
  • Exhibit multiple  seasonal interest


The 2012 POY selection is the 23rd winner of this award.  If you use these highly rated perennials in your landscape you are virtually guaranteed success.  Provide the plant with the required growing conditions such as, sun or shade location and moist or dry soil, and you will be adding foolproof performers.

In reviewing all the selected perennials since 1990, I have used all of the winners in various gardens over the years and agree these are definitely plants that can be used by all gardeners.  Imagine creating a herbaceous border garden using all Award Winning Perennials.

When you are looking for perennials to add to your garden, ask for an Award Winner.

Have you grown any of the selected 23 Perennial Plant of the Year winners? I would like to hear from you.  What is your favorite? It would be interesting to see which winner is the all round favorite.

In the upcoming weeks I will be adding a profile of each of the selected winners.  Please check for updates.

Have A Great Day


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