Perennial Plant of the Year 2019

Gardeners Resources, Perennial of the Year

Stachys monieri ‘Hummelo’

A cousin to the familiar Lamb’s-Ears, but not at all similar. This is a clump-forming perennial, forming a low mound of crisp green foliage. In early summer the upright spikes of bright-purple flowers appear, which attract bees to the nectar. Removing faded flowers will encourage more buds to form for weeks on end. An interesting and unusual perennial for near the front of the border, or in containers. Plants may be clipped back hard immediately after blooming, to tidy up the clumps for the rest of the season. Easily divided in early spring.
Prefers a sunny location and is hardy to zone 4.
The Perennial Plant of the Year is selected by the Perennial Plant Association. The following criterion are used in selecting the winner.

  • Suitable for a wide range of climatic conditions
  • Low Maintenance
  • Pest and disease resistant
  • Readily available in the year of release
  • Multiple season interest or excellent foliage
  • Easily propagated by asexual ( division or cuttings) or seed propagation

Past Perennial Plant of the Year selections are as follows:

2018 – Ornamental Onion (Allium ‘Millenium‘)
2017 – Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa) 
2016 – Japanese Anemone (Anemone ‘Honorine Jobert)
2015 – Dwarf Cranesbill (Geranium ‘Biokovo’)
2014 – Tall Switch Grass (Panicum virgatum ‘Northwind’)
2013 – Japanese Solomon’s Seal (Polygonatum odoratum ‘Variegatum’)
2012 – Siberian Bugloss (Brunnera macrophylla ‘Jack Frost’)
2011 – Arkansas Blue Star (Amsonia hubrichtii)
2010 – Blue False Indigo (Baptisia australis)
2009 – Japanese Forest Grass (Hakonechloa macro ‘Aureola’)
2008 – Cranesbill Geranium (Geranium ‘Rozanne’)
2007 – Blue Catmint (Nepeta racemosa ‘Walker’s Low’)
2006 – Border Pink (Dianthus Firewitch)
2005 – Lenten Rose (Helleborus x hybridus mixture)
2004 – Japanese Painted Fern (Athyrium niponicum var. pictum)
2003 – Shasta Daisy (Leucanthemum x superbum ‘Becky’)
2002 – Summer Phlox (Phlox paniculata ‘David’)
2001 – Feather Reed Grass (Calamagrostis x acutiflora ‘Karl Foerster’)
2000 – Dwarf Pincushion Flower (Scabiosa columbaria ‘Butterfly Blue’)
1999 – Golsturm Coneflower (Rudbeckia fulgida ‘Goldsturm’)
1998 – Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea ‘Magnus’)
1997 – Perennial Salvia (Salvia x sylvestris May Night)
1996 – Beard-tongue (Penstemon digitalis ‘Husker Red’)
1995 – Russian Sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia)
1994 – Dwarf Astilbe (Astilbe simplicifolia ‘Sprite’)
1993 – Hybrid Speedwell (Veronica ‘Sunny Border Blue’)
1992 – Threadleaf Coreopsis (Coreopsis verticillata ‘Moonbeam’)
1991 – Palace Purple Coral Bells (Heuchera micrantha ‘Palace Purple’)
1990 – Creeping Woodland Phlox (Phlox stolonifera)