Each year the Perennial Plant Association (PPA) chooses a ‘Perennial of the Year’ from an extensive list. The winner must have the following attributes:
- suitable for a wide range of climate types
- low maintenance
- easily propagated
- exhibits multiple seasonal interest
And for 2011 the winner is…..
AMSONIA hubrichtii also known as Arkansas Blue Star, grows in a mounded form 36” tall and 36” wide. This beauty is hardy in zones 4 through 9. Clusters of small, light blue, star-shaped flowers are borne above the ferny foliage from late spring to early summer. Amsonia thrives in full sun to partial shade. It is beautiful in borders, native gardens, and cottage gardens. It is best when massed. Blue flowers are followed by marvelous foliage color in the fall. It’s a real garden beauty.
At MFL we use the perennial of the year selections over and over. They are always powerhouses in the garden. Here are some past winners that we love. Try them out or call us to discuss your perennial garden project.
Baptisia Australis, Nepeta Walker’s Low, Dianthus Firewitch, Leucanthemum ‘Becky’, Phlox ‘David’, Scabiosa Butterfly Blue, Rudbeckia Goldsturm, Echinacea purpurea ‘Magnus’, Salvia ‘May Night’