Perennial of the Year 2020

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Aralia cordata 'Sun King'

Hosta of the Year 2020

Hosta 'Dancing Queen'

Achillea 'Firefly Amethyst' PW
Lavender Pink Flowers
Attracts Butterflies
Bee Friendly
Deer/Rabbit Resistant
H 18-22" W 32-36"
Achillea 'Firefly Diamond' PW
Attracts Butterflies
Bee Friendly
Flowers remain attractive as they age
H 24-28" W 32-40"
Full Sun
Bloom early summer to late summer
Achillea 'Firefly Peach Sky' PW
Attracts Butterflies
Bee Friendly
Light Peachy Orange Flowers-age to yellow
H 32-36" 28-32" W
Deer/Rabbit Resistant
Asclepias Hello Yellow
Aquilegia Songbird Goldfinch
Aquilegia are among the most telling of springtime plants, both for foliage and for flowers. Partial Sun
Ht. 18" 18" W
Asclepias Tuberosa
Height: 30 in.
Spread: 18 in.
Hardiness Zone:3-9
Light: Full Sun

Easily grown in average, dry to medium, well-drained soils in full sun. Drought tolerant. Does well in poor, dry soils. New growth tends to emerge late in the spring. Effective in sunny borders. Whether massing plants in large drifts or sprinkling them throughout a prairie or meadow, butterfly weed is one of the showiest wildflowers.
Alcea Blacknight
Height: 5 in.
Spread: 12 in.
Hardiness Zone:4-9
Light: Full Sun
Critter feature: Attracts hummingbirds & butterflies

Alcea rosea, commonly called hollyhocks, are old garden favorites. The flowers grow on rigid, towering spikes or spires which typically reach a height of 5-8' tall. Foliage features large, heart-shaped, rough lower leaves which become progressively smaller toward the top of the spire. Long bloom period of June to August.
Brunnera Jack Frost
Height: 18 in.
Spread: 18 in.
Hardiness Zone:3-8
Light: Partial shade
Critter feature: Rabbit tolerant.

Easily grown in average, medium moisture, well-drained soil in part shade. Prefers consistently moist, organically rich soils in shady areas. Generally intolerant of dry soils, but tolerates some dryness better than most other cultivars of this species. Clumps slowly spread by creeping rhizomes to form thick ground covers.
Buddleia Blue Knight
Height: 36 in. - 4 ft.
Spread: 36 in. - 6 ft.
Hardiness Zone:3-8
Light: Partial shade
Critter feature: Rabbit tolerant. Attracts Butterflies

Commonly grown as butterfly bush. Easily grown in average, medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun. Becomes weedy and sparse with diminished flowering performance if not grown in full sun. Does poorly in wet conditions. Prompt removal of spent flower spikes during the growing season will usually encourage continued bloom until frost.
Burgundy Bunny
Coreopsis
Height: 16-24 in.
Spread: 16-24 in.
Hardiness Zone:5-9
Light: Full Sun

Easily grown in dry to medium moisture, well-drained soil in full sun. Thrives in poor, sandy or rocky soils with good drainage. Tolerant of heat, humidity and drought. Plants in the genus Coreopsis are sometimes commonly called tickseed in reference to the resemblance of the seeds to ticks.
Delphinium
Height: 30 in. - 4 ft.
Spread: 12 in. - 2 ft.
Hardiness Zone: 3-7
Light: Partial to full sun
Critter feature: Deer Tolerant. Attracts hummingbirds & butterflies.

Performs well in alkaline soils. Prefers climates with cool summer temperatures. Appreciates some part afternoon shade in hot summer climates. After bloom, cut back spent flower spikes to the basal foliage to encourage an additional late summer and/or fall bloom.
Dianthus
Height: 1-2 ft.
Spread: .5-1 ft.
Hardiness Zone: 2-10
Light: Partial to full sun
Critter feature: Deer Tolerant. Attracts hummingbirds & butterflies.

Best grown in deep, organically rich, well-drained soils in full sun, but generally appreciates some light afternoon shade in hot summer climates. Flowers come in vivid shades of red, pink, white and bicolor, sometimes with a contrasting eye, and with fringed petals that are bearded on the inside. Bloom from late spring to early summer.
Dicentra
Height: 15 in.
Spread: 24 ft.
Hardiness Zone: 3-9
Light: Partial to full sun
Critter feature: Rabbit Tolerant.

Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soil in part shade. Prefers moist, humusy soils. Intolerant of wet soils in winter and dry soils in summer. Bloom begins in late spring. In cooler climates, flowering may continue throughout the summer.
Festuca
Height: 1 ft.
Spread: .75 ft.
Hardiness Zone: 4-8
Light: Full sun

Commonly called blue fescue, is a short-lived, low-growing, semi-evergreen, clump-forming ornamental grass noted for its glaucous, finely-textured, blue-gray foliage. Easily grown in average, dry to medium, well-drained soils in full sun. Tolerates light shade, but best foliage color is in full sun. Tolerant of drought and poor soils.
Geranium
Height: 1 Ft
Spread: .75 ft.
Hardiness Zone: 3-9
Light: Partial to full sun
Critter Features: Resists rabbit & deer. Attracts butterflies.

Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Prefers moist, humusy soils, but tolerates poor soils. Flowers give way to distinctive, beaked seed capsules which give rise to the common name of crane's bill.
Hemerocallis (Day Lily)
Height: 2-2.5 ft
Spread: 2-2.5 ft.
Hardiness Zone: 3-9
Light: Full sun
Critter Features: Resists Rabbit. Attracts butterflies.

Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Does well in a wide range of well-drained soils. Deadhead spent flowers daily for neatness and remove scapes when flowers have completed bloom. Divide to maintain vigor when the clumps become overcrowded. A tough plant that is tolerant of poor soil, summer heat and humidity.
Heuchera (Cora Bells)
Height: 2-2.5 ft
Spread: 2-2.5 ft.
Hardiness Zone: 3-9
Light: Full sun
Critter Features: Resists Rabbit. Attracts butterflies.

Best grown in organically rich, humusy, medium moisture, well-drained soils in part shade. Remove stems of faded flowers to encourage additional bloom. Divide clumps in spring every 3-4 years.
Heucherella
Height: 8-12 in.
Spread: 20-24 in.
Hardiness Zone: 4-9
Light: Partial shade to full sun

Though the flowers are attractive, heucherellas are usually grown for their attractive foliage. Mass as a ground cover or group. Rock gardens, borders and open woodland gardens. Effective as an edger along paths or walkways.
Hibiscus
Height: 36 in. - 4 ft.
Spread: 24 in. - 6 ft.
Hardiness Zone: 4-9
Light: Partial to full sun

Hardy hibiscus create huge colorful blooms, not to be confused with the smaller tropical houseplant varieties. they are extremely easy to grow. Requires full sun, decent soil, and some pruning once in awhile. They leaf out very late in spring.
Hosta
Height: 6 in. - 8 ft.
Spread: 12 in. - 4 ft.
Hardiness Zone: 3-9
Light: Shade to full sun

This tough, shade-loving perennial, also known as plaintain lily, blooms with white or purplish lavender funnel-shape or flared flowers in summer. Some are intensely fragrant. Hostas vary from tiny plants suitable for troughs or rock gardens to massive 4-foot clumps with heart-shape leaves almost 2 feet long.
Lagerstroemia
Height: 30 in.
Spread: 30 in.
Hardiness Zone: 6-9
Light: Full sun
Critter Feature: Deer Resistant

The dense, small habit has woody, burgundy-colored stems that bear semi-glossy burgundy foliage. The glossy deep red new growth at the tips really accentuate the attractive dark color of the foliage. In late summer, you’ll be treated to smaller clusters of cherry red flowers that open from shiny red buds.
Lavendula
Height: 2-3 ft
Spread: 2-4 ft.
Hardiness Zone: 5-8
Light: Full sun
Critter Feature: Deer & rabbit resistant. Attracts butterflie

Grow in average, dry to medium, well-drained, alkaline soil in full sun. This is a versatile garden perennial that should be considered for a wide variety of uses and not just relegated to a corner of the herb garden. Lavender flowers and gray-green leaves provide mid-summer color and contrast to the perennial border front, rock garden, herb garden or scented garden.
Leucanthemum (Shasta Daisy)
Height: 18-30 in.
Spread: 16-24 in.
Hardiness Zone: 5-9
Light: Full sun
Critter Feature: Deer & rabbit resistant. Attracts butterflies

Easily grown in average, dry to medium, well-drained soils in full sun. Good soil drainage is essential. Shasta daisies provide long-lasting summer bloom and are mainstays of the perennial border, cottage garden, cutting garden, rock gardens, and containers.
Liatris
Height: 30 in.
Spread: 12 in.
Hardiness Zone: 3-8
Light: Full sun
Critter Feature: Attracts butterflies

Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soils in full sun. Somewhat tolerant of poor soils, but prefers moist, fertile ones and generally performs better in moist soils. Features terminal spikes of sessile, rounded, fluffy, deep purple flower heads appearing atop rigid, erect, leafy flower stalks.
Lobelia
Height: 20-30 in.
Spread: 12-20 in.
Hardiness Zone: 5-9
Light: Partial to full sun
Critter Features: Resists rabbit & deer. Attracts hummingbirds & butterflies.

Effective in moist areas of woodland/shade gardens, wet meadows or along streams or ponds. Water gardens. Rain garden. Also adds late summer bloom and height to borders as long as soils are kept uniformly moist. Flowers are very attractive to butterflies and hummingbirds, but not cardinals. White and rose colored forms are also known.
Miscanthus Huron Sunrise
Height: 5-6 ft.
Spread: 3 ft.
Hardiness Zone: 3-9
Light: Part shade to full sun
Critter Feature: Deer resistant.

The plant maintains its graceful form throughout winter, providing tremendous winter interest. Miscanthus is versatile from a design standpoint; it can be used as a specimen, for massing or screening, in large containers, or at the pond's edge.
Monarda
Height: 2-4 ft.
Spread: 2-3 ft.
Hardiness Zone: 3-9
Light: Part shade to full sun
Critter Feature: Deer resistant. Attracts hummingbirds & butterflies.

Best grown in dry to medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Tolerates somewhat poor soils and some drought. Plants need good air circulation. Deadhead flowers to prolong summer bloom.
Nepeta
Height: 16-20 in.
Spread: 18-36 in.
Hardiness Zone: 3-9
Light: Part to full sun
Critter Feature: Deer & rabbit resistant. Attracts cats.

Low maintenance, drought tolerant, deer resistant, long blooming perennial that looks great all season. When Nepeta's stems are broken, they release an aroma into the air that tends to attract cats, thus its common name, Catmint.
Panicum
Height: 2-3 ft
Spread: 1.5- ft.
Hardiness Zone: 5-9
Light: Part shade to full sun

By late summer, nearly the entire clump is drenched in color and is topped by matching wine-red flower panicles held just above the foliage. It makes a dynamite specimen plant and is even more eye-catching when planted en masse.
Pennisetum (Fountain Grass)
Height: 2.5-5 ft
Spread: 2.5-5 ft.
Hardiness Zone: 6-9
Light: Part shade to full sun


Specimen, group or mass. Foliage and attractive flower spikes of this ornamental grass provide excellent texture, color and contrast to borders, foundations and open areas. Also grows well in moist locations such as peripheries of water gardens, ponds or streams.
Perovskia (Russian Sage)
Height: 3-5 ft
Spread: 2-4 ft.
Hardiness Zone: 3-9
Light: Part shade to full sun
Critter Feature: Deer & rabbit resistant.

Avoid wet, poorly drained soils. Plants have good drought tolerance. Best flowering occurs in full sun locations. Stems are more likely to flop if plants are grown in part shade. Cut back plants almost to the ground in late winter to early spring as soon as new growth appears.
Phlox
Height: 20-32 in.
Spread: 12-20 in.
Hardiness Zone: 3-9
Light: Part shade to full sun
Critter features: Deer resistant. Attracts butterflies.
Flowers are red-purple to violet-purple, pink or infrequently white. Each flower has five, flat, petal-like, rounded lobes that are distinctively notched. Best grown in humusy, medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun. Best flowering is in full sun.
Salvia
Height: 18-24 in.
Spread: 18-24 in.
Hardiness Zone: 3-8
Light: Partial to full sun
Critter features: Deer & rabbit resistant. Attracts hummingbirds butterflies.

Excellent, easy-to-grow perennials for a summer show of intense color. They perform best in full sun and are real heat lovers. Not only do the flowers attract butterflies, the plants are also very deer resistant. Meadow Sage responds well to sheering after blooming to prompt fresh foliage and blooms.
Schizachyrium
Height: 18-24 in.
Spread: 18-24 in.
Hardiness Zone: 3-8
Light: Partial to full sun
Critter features: Deer & rabbit resistant. Attracts hummingbirds butterflies.

Prefers dry, not especially fertile soil. Does not tolerate wet soils. Can be divided in spring when needed. Cut back in early spring leaving 3-4" of previous years growth. Will self sow. Ornamental grass for borders, wild gardens, or prairie-like settings. Group or mass. A good low-maintenance selection for sun-baked areas.
Sedum
Height: 9-24 in.
Spread: 18-28 in.
Hardiness Zone: 4-9
Light: Partial to full sun
Critter features: Rabbit resistant.

Distinctive fleshy foliage and come in a wide range of shapes and sizes - from upright varieties to groundcovers. Star-shaped flowers are usually in clusters or sprays that often change color throughout their bloom time.
Veronica
Height: 16-20 in.
Spread: 18-22 in.
Hardiness Zone: 4-9
Light: Partial to full sun
Critter features: Deer resistant. Attracts hummingbirds & butterflies.

Incredibly long, vivid wands of brilliant color top the short, healthy, bright green clump of foliage. Branched flower stems extend the bloom time in summer. Great in pots and in the garden!
Heuchera Wild Rose
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Panicum

Height: 2-3 ft Spread: 1.5- ft. Hardiness Zone: 5-9 Light: Part shade to full sun By late summer, nearly the entire clump is drenched in color and is topped by matching wine-red flower panicles held just above the foliage. It makes a dynamite specimen plant and is even more eye-catching when planted en masse.