We are happy to share in this journal a collection of plants that have received the status of ‘Plant of the Year’ as recognized by various entities based on their botanical merits. We have also included links to some of the plants as documented by members of our community.
We hope this list inspires you to try something new and to perhaps start your own Plants Map collection of ‘best plants of the year’ based on your own growing experiences. Remember to use our hashtags #MyPlantsMap or #Plantsmap when you share your favorite plants of the year from Plants Map.
Congratulations to this year’s Plants of the Year!
2017 Plants of the Year
- Annual – Supertunia® Vista Bubblegum® Annual of the Year from Proven Winners
- Annual – Pansy chosen as one of the “Year of the” campaigns by the National Garden Bureau.
- Bulb – Daffodil chosen as one of the “Year of the” campaigns by the National Garden Bureau.
- Conifer – Primo™ Eastern Arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis ‘IslPrim’) American Conifer Society Collectors Conifer of the Year.
- Conifer – Blue Surprise Lawson Cypress (Chamaecyparis lawsoniana ‘Blue Surprise’) American Conifer Society Collectors Conifer of the Year.
- Daffodil – ‘Pink Charm’ received the John and Gertrude Wister Award for outstanding garden daffodil from the American Daffodil Society.
- Daylily – TBD. The Stout Silver Medal Winner is awarded by the American Hemerocallis Society in the Fall of each year.
- Edible – Brassica chosen as one of the “Year of the” campaigns by the National Garden Bureau.
- Herb – Goldenrod (Solidago) – Notable Native Herb™ from the Herb Society of America selected by the Native Herb Conservation Committee due to its unique properties, utility, history, or potential for use.
- Herb – Coriander/Cilantro (Coriandrum sativum) from The International Herb Association.
- Hosta – ‘Brother Stefan’ named Hosta of the Year by the American Hosta Growers.
- Holly – Inkberry (Ilex glabra) named Holly of the Year by the Holly Society of America.
- Iris – TBD in August. The American Dykes Memorial Medal is awared to only one outstanding iris by The American Iris Society.
- Perennial – Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa) Perennial Plant of the Year™ by the Perennial Plant Association.
- Perennial – Rose chosen as one of the “Year of the” campaigns by the National Garden Bureau.
- Rose – Grateful Heart™ Hybrid Tea Rose is the Rose of the Year® from Jackson & Perkins. $5 from the sale of each ‘Grateful Heart’ Rose goes directly to the American Heart Association.
- Rose – Munstead Wood winner of the Fragrance Award from the American Garden Rose Selections™. Also see Rose Munstead Wood by Teresa Bunn on Plants Map.
- Rose – Lady of Shallot winner of both a Fragrance Award & Regional Award from American Garden Rose Selections™.
- Rose – Icecap winner of a Regional Award from American Garden Rose Selections™.
- Rose – Faith Whittlesey winner of a Regional Award from American Garden Rose Selections™.
- Rose – Tahitian Treasuer winner of a Regional Award from American Garden Rose Selections™.
- Rose – The Peachy Keen Rose winner of a Regional Award from American Garden Rose Selections™.
- Shrub – Yuki Cherry Blossom Deutzia is the Landscape Plant of the Year selected by Proven Winners ColorChoice Flowering Shrubs.
- Tree – Ashe Magnolia (Magnolia ashei) named Plant of the Year by The Garden Club of America.
- Tree – Chestnut Oak (Quercus montana) (syn. Q. prinus)named Urban Tree of the Year by the The Society of Municipal Arborists (SMA). This award is based on characteristics that make it adaptable to a variety of harsh urban growing conditions with strong ornamental traits.
- Wildflower – Black Cohosh (Actea racemosa) is the Wildflower of the Year from the Virginia Native Plant Society.
- Wildflower – Hollow-stem Joe-pye Weed (Eutrochium fistulosum)) is the Wildflower of the Year co-sponsored by the NC Botanical Garden and the Garden Club of North Carolina.
2017 All-America Selections Winners – These are best new varieties of vegetables and flowers grown from seed or young plants as determined by All-America Selections judges. A few of our favorite picks are:
Dianthus Supra Pink F1 (National)
Fennel Antares F1 (National)
Geranium Calliope® Medium Dark Red (National)
Okra Candle Fire F1 (National)
Pea Patio Pride (Regional-Southeast)
Penstemon Twizzle Purple (Regional-Heartland and Southeast)
Pepper Sweetie Pie F1 (Regional-Heartland, Northeast, Southeast)
Petunia Evening Scentsation F1 (Regional-Heartland, Greatlakes, West/Northwest)
Squash Honeybaby F1 (Regional-Heartland)
Tomato Midnight Snack F1 (National)
Verbena EnduraScape™ Pink Bicolor (National)
Watermelon Mini Love F1 (National)
Zinnia Profusion Red (National)
Cover Photo Note: The plants within the cover photo can be found here:
- Eutrochium fistulosum by Bill Blevins on Plants Map
- Asclepias tuberosa by Bill Blevins in Pinetum on Plants Map
- Deutzia Yuki Cherry Blossom by Tracy Blevins on Plants Map
- Solidago rugosa ‘Fireworks’ by Cossey Botanical Park Arboretum on Plants Map
What’s your favorite Plant of the Year? We would love to know. Add your favorite plant to Plants Map and share it’s growing story with our community and on social media. Remember to use our hashtags #MyPlantsMap or #Plantsmap