By G. Bosley  a.k.a. “groundhog”

Since 1990 The Perennial Plant Association has been selecting a winning perennial for the award Perennial of the Year.    http://www.perennialplant.org

Here is a list of 23 great perennials that are worth adding to your landscape.

2012  Brunnera macrophylla ‘Jack Frost’

* Thrives in shade, but tolerates morning sun.  Requires moist soil.  Deer resistant.

2011  Amsonia hubrichtii

Thrives in full sun, but tolerates partial shade. Requires well-drained soil. Drought tolerant.  Deer resistant.

2010 Baptisia australis

Thrives in full sun, but tolerates partial shade.  Requires well-drained soil.  Drought tolerant.  Deer resistant.

2009  Hakonechloa macra ‘Aureola’

*Thrives in partial shade.  Requires moist, humus rich, well-drained soil.  Will not grow well in poor soil, heavy clay soil, or very dry soil.

2008  Geranium psilostemon ‘Rozanne’

*Thrives in full sun or partial shade.  Requires moist, well-drained soil.  Drought tolerant.

2007  Nepeta racemosa ‘Walker’s Low’

*Thrives in full sun.  Requires average, well-drained soil.  Drought tolerant.  Salt tolerant.  Deer resistant.

2006  Dianthus gratianopolitanus  ‘Feuerhexe’ (Firewitch)

*Thrives in full sun, but tolerates light shade.  Requires well-drained soil that is neutral to slightly alkaline.

2005  Helleborus orientalis hybridus

* Thrives in light shade.  Requires well-drained, humus-rich, fertile soil.  Foliage remains evergreen in most areas.

2004  Athyrium niponicum ‘Pictum’

*Thrives in partial or full shade.  Requires well-drained, compost-rich, moist soil.

2003  Leucanthemum superbum ‘Becky’

*Thrives in full sun.  Requires well-drained soil.  Not tolerant of soils that are moist or wet during the winter.

2002  Phlox paniculata ‘David’

* Thrives in full sun or partial shade.  Requires a moist but well-drained soil.

2001  Calamagrostis acutiflora ‘Karl Foerster’

*Thrives in full sun or partial shade.  Requires well-drained, fertile soil with adequate moisture.

2000  Scabiosa columbaria ‘Butterfly Blue’

*Thrives in full sun, but tolerates light shade.  Requires well-drained, rich soil that is neutral to slightly alkaline.

1999  Rudbeckia fulgida `Goldstrum’

* Thrives in full sun or partial shade.  Requires well-drained, consistently moist soil for best growth.  Long-lived, low maintenance, long-blooming perennial.

1998  Echinacea purpurea `Magnus’

*Thrives in full sun or partial shade.  Requires well-drained soil.  Not tolerant of  moist or wet winter soils.

1997  Salvia sylvestris `Mainacht’ (May Night)

*Thrives in full sun.  Requires well-drained soil, but tolerant of a wide range of soils.  drought tolerant.

1996  Penstemon digitalis `Husker Red’

*Thrives in full sun.  Requires well-drained, moist soil.  Attractive rich, bronze-red foliage.

1995  Perovskia atriplicifolia

*Thrives in full sun.  Requires well-drained soil.  Heat and drought tolerant.

1994  Astilbe simplicifolia `Sprite’

*Thrives in shade, but tolerates full sun in northern gardens if kept moist.  Requires moist, fertile, well-drained soil.

1993  Veronica `Sunny Border Blue’

* Thrives in full sun, but tolerates light shade.  Requires well-drained soil, but tolerant of a wide range of soils.

1992  Coreopsis verticillata `Moonbeam’

* Thrives in full sun.  Requires well-drained soil.  Blooms reduced during long, hot, humid summers, will perform better in light shade under these conditions.

1991  Heuchera micrantha `Palace Purple’

*Thrives in partial shade in regions with hot, humid summers.   In northern garden it grows well in full sun. Requires moist, well-drained soils.  Will not thrive in heavy clay soils.

1990  Phlox stolonifera

* Thrives in partial or full shade.  Requires moist, rich, well-drained soil.

 

This is a collection of some of the award winning perennials which I have add to a variety of gardens.

What is my favourite?  It is really hard to pick one favourite, but I would have to say 2012 Winner Brunnera `Jack Frost’.  Extremely easy to grow perennial for the shady spot in the landscape, and is attractive from very early in the spring with newly emerging shoots, until very late into the fall.  The silvery foliage adds light and interest to a dark shade garden.  The bright blue, forget-me-not flowers provide a mass of blooms for many weeks from early to late spring.

What is your favourite Perennial Plant of the Year?

 

Have A Great Day

 

 

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