PPA Plant of the Year (POY)

From time to time we receive the question, "How is the Perennial Plant of the Year selected?" The selection process is quite simple –Perennial Plant Association (PPA) members vote for the POY. In addition to their vote, each member nominates plants for future consideration. The Perennial Plant of the Year Committee reviews the nominated perennials and selects 3 to 4 plants to be placed on the ballot. Nominations are based are the following criteria:

Betony
2019 Perennial of the Year

Stachys officinalis 'Hummelo'

Betony

Lovely perennial with large, rounded clumps of green, long and narrow, textured leaves. It is lovely even when it's not in bloo... [Read More]

Ornamental Onion
2018 Perennial of the Year

Allium 'Millenium'

Ornamental Onion

It forms a compact, upright clump of glossy green, thick and strappy leaves which emit a slight smell of onion when crushed.... [Read More]

Butterfly Weed
2017 Perennial of the Year

Asclepias tuberosa

Butterfly Weed
Fragrant, bright orange flowers, drought-tolerant native plant, late to break dormancy, blooms mid to late summer, grows 26". [Read More]
Japanese Anemone
2016 Perennial of the Year

Anemone x hybrida 'Honorine Jobert'

Japanese Anemone
The best white-flowering anemone. In fall, clouds of 2-3" dazzling white flowers emerge on tall stems. A wonderful plant when plac... [Read More]
Cranesbill
2015 Perennial of the Year

Geranium x cantabrigiense 'Biokovo'

Cranesbill
Outstanding white flowers have a slight pink flush at the base of each petal. The light green, deeply dissected foliage turns a st... [Read More]
Blue Switchgrass
2014 Perennial of the Year

Panicum virgatum 'Northwind'

Blue Switchgrass

Wide steel blue foliage makes the strongest vertical accent of any switchgrass. The vigorous grower is topped with attractive n... [Read More]

Solomon's Seal
2013 Perennial of the Year

Polygonatum falcatum 'Variegatum'

Solomon's Seal
This interesting plant has green leaves with white edges and fragrant white flowers that bloom on small stems at the base of the l... [Read More]
Heartleaf Brunnera
2012 Perennial of the Year

Brunnera macrophylla 'Jack Frost'

Heartleaf Brunnera
Undoubtedly one of the most stunning Brunneras. Bright, frosty silver leaves veined in deep green are followed by clusters of brig... [Read More]
Blue Star
2011 Perennial of the Year

Amsonia hubrichtii

Blue Star
Clusters of eye-catching cool blue, star-shaped flowers rise above the medium-green leaves. Foliage becomes a beautiful golden yel... [Read More]
Blue False Indigo
2010 Perennial of the Year

Baptisia australis

Blue False Indigo
Native prairie plant which produces long spikes of indigo-blue flowers, followed by ornamental chalky black seedpods, blue-green f... [Read More]
Cranesbill
2008 Perennial of the Year

Geranium 'Rozanne'

Cranesbill
Large 2.5" saucer shaped violet-blue flowers with white centers, dark green foliage marbled with chartreuse, creates attractive mo... [Read More]
Catmint
2007 Perennial of the Year

Nepeta x faassenii 'Walker's Low'

Catmint
Perennial Plant Association's Perennial Plant of the Year for 2007. A large catmint that produces fragrant, lavender-violet flower... [Read More]
Cheddar Pinks
2006 Perennial of the Year

Dianthus gratianopolitanus 'Firewitch'

Cheddar Pinks
Attractive magenta flowers on wiry stems. Blue-green needlelike foliage forms neat mounds. Known for its longevity, this plant is ... [Read More]
Shasta Daisy
2003 Perennial of the Year

Leucanthemum x superbum 'Becky'

Shasta Daisy
This prime variety provides a succession of large, white flowers above the shiny, dark green foliage, which retains its color, eve... [Read More]
Summer Phlox
2002 Perennial of the Year

Phlox paniculata 'David'

Summer Phlox
A longtime garden favorite which features an abundance of fragrant, long-lasting, white flower clusters on upright stems. Mildew r... [Read More]
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