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May 22, 2014

A Look Back at Past PPAOY Winners

Let’s take a look back over the past 10 years of the winners of the perennial plant of the year. These plants all still hold a valuable place in our landscape and garden centers.

Athyrium n. pictum

2004- Athyrium niponicum ‘Pictum’ (Japanese Painted Fern)-This excellent addition to the shade garden provides lovely color and texture.

Helleborus 'Ballard Strain'

2005- Helleborus- One of the first perennials to bloom in the garden, that alone makes it a winner. It has the added bonus of great evergreen foliage.

Dianthus 'Fire Witch'

2006- Dianthus ‘Fire Witch’- Hot pink flowers in the spring add so much color to the garden. When the flowers are gone the silvery-blue foliage make a nice groundcover.

Nepeta 'Walker's Low'

2007- Nepeta ‘Walker’s Low’- Long, long bloom time, starts in the late spring and goes into fall. Deer resistant to boot!

Geranium 'Rozanne'

2008- Geranium ‘Rozanne’- This geranium cannot be beat, nonstop color from late spring into the late fall. Very versatile, it can be used in mass plantings, specimen plant, containers the list is endless.

Hakonechloa 'Aureola'

2009- Hakonechloa ‘Aureola’- The stunning bright yellow leaves with thin green lines brighten up shady areas so well these are a must! Looks great with blue hostas.

2010- Baptisia australis- An excellent native with very showy flowers in the late spring and long black seed pods that add fall and winter interest.

2011-Amsonia hubrichtii- A southern native that has awesome fall color. The narrow needle-like foliage makes a beautiful display all summer.

Brunnera 'Jack Frost'

2012-Brunnera ‘Jack Frost’- The large silver-frosted leaves with green veins and blue forget-me-not like flowers in the spring are breathtaking. A favorite for the shade.

Polygonatum 'Variegatum'

2013- Polygonatum ‘Variegatum’- A classic shade perennial that has been described to have an architectural feel in the shade garden with its striking, upright, arching foliage. Just beautiful.

Panicum 'Northwind'

2014- Panicum ‘Northwind’- This year’s pick has so many excellent qualities. It is the most upright of all the panicums, with striking blue-green foliage. Northwind is also very drought tolerant once established! Lovely plumes arrive in the fall. Panicums are native plants. This is one of the best grasses out there!