Perennial Plant of the Year

Below comprises a list of some of the best perennials available in garden centers. These plants have been voted and recommended by members of the Perennial Plant Association (PPA). Kennedy’s is indeed a member and has a vote. The perennials listed below are some of the best garden performers and were selected for overall beauty, long lasting beauty, and overall reliability among other traits. All of the below plants are great plants for gardens in New England and the South Shore.

The 2012 Winner is ………………………

BRUNNERA MACROPHYLLA ‘JACK FROST’

Also known as Siberian Bugloss or False Forget-me-not

Brunnera macrophylla ‘Jack Frost’ PP13859 grows 18 inches tall and 18 inches wide in a mounded form. This hardy perennial grows well in hardiness zones 3 to 8.

Brunneras are treasured for their shade tolerance and early baby-blue, forget-me-not like flowers. Brunnera macrophylla ‘Jack Frost’ has enchanting silvery leaves with green venation and a thin green margin. One common name for this perennial is heartleaf brunnera because the emerging leaf enlarges to a heart shape.

Light

Plants thrive in the shade but will tolerate morning sun if the soil conditions remain moist. By midday, shade is essential, particularly in southern gardens.

Soil
This perennial performs best in shady areas with good moisture retentive soils.

Uses
‘Jack Frost’ brunnera may be used along the front of the shade border, is excellent in a container, or can be combined with other ground cover perennials such as hostas, ferns, and epimediums. The silver foliage lights up a dark garden from spring to fall.

Unique Qualities
From mid to late spring, blue, forget-me-not like blossoms are held in clusters several inches above the brilliant frosty silver leaves. The rough leaf texture makes this perennial less palatable to browsing deer.

Hardiness
USDA Zones 3 to 8

Photos by Walters Gardens, Inc.

Baptisia australis
2010 Perennial Plant of the Year ™
Hakonechloa macra ‘Aureola’
2009 Perennial Plant of the Year ™
Geranium ‘Rozanne’
2008 Perennial Plant of the Year ™
Nepeta ‘Walker’s Low’
2007 Perennial Plant of the Year ™
Dianthus gratianopolitanus ‘Feuerhexe’
2006 Perennial Plant of the Year ™
Helleborus xhybridus
2005 Perennial Plant of the Year ™
Athyrium niponicum ‘Pictum’
2004 Perennial Plant of the Year ™
Leucanthemum ‘Becky’
2003 Perennial Plant of the Year ™
Phlox ‘David’
2002 Perennial Plant of the Year ™
Calamagrostis xacutiflora ‘Karl Foerster’
2001 Perennial Plant of the Year ™
Scabiosa columbaria ‘Butterfly Blue’
2000 Perennial Plant of the Year ™
Rudbeckia fulgida var. sullivantii‘Goldsturm’
1999 Perennial Plant of the Year ™
Echinacea purpurea ‘Magnus’
1998 Perennial Plant of the Year ™
Salvia ‘Mainacht’ (May Night)
1997 Perennial Plant of the Year ™
Penstemon digitalis ‘Husker Red’
1996 Perennial Plant of the Year ™
Perovskia atriplicifolia
1995 Perennial Plant of the Year ™
Astilbe ‘Sprite’
1994 Perennial Plant of the Year ™
Veronica ‘Sunny Border Blue’
1993 Perennial Plant of the Year ™
Coreopsis verticillata ‘Moonbeam’
1992 Perennial Plant of the Year ™
Heuchera micrantha ‘Palace Purple’
1991 Perennial Plant of the Year ™
Phlox stolonifera
1990 Perennial Plant of the Year ™