Summer has arrived! How is your garden trending? As things are heating up outside, let us take you on a celebration of plants of the year, perennial gardening, sunflowers, flower shows and trials, summer recipes, pollinator week, and more. 

2021 Plants of the Year

It’s time once again to share with you plants that have received an honorable distinction as a ‘plant of the year” as recognized by various gardening, horticulture, and conservation entities. Let’s take a virtual tour of this year’s Plants of the Year, and we hope you’ll discover a winner to grow in your garden or landscape as well.

It’s been a year of challenge, change, courage, and compassion. And through it all, a welcome respite was found outdoors in the nature, landscapes, and gardens that surrounded us. As this year comes to close, we wanted to share with you some of your most viewed plants, collections, and organization profiles from our Plants Map community. Thank you for continuing to grow with us. We look forward to Happy New Year 2021.

As November ends, we hope you are enjoying all that this season of gratitude has to offer. Each day we appreciate the opportunity to meet and work with more people that feel the same as we do about connecting people with plants. Thank you for your continued support and for being a part of our community. 

We hope you are enjoying a beautiful fall season. This month we want to connect you with therapy gardens, updated green jobs resources, champion trees, pumpkin recipes, and a few ways to get your spirits up for Halloween. 

Perhaps you are looking to add seasonal plants to your garden for Halloween. Or maybe you want to create a garden theme that leaves a haunting impression throughout the year. 

Selected below are plants that can be incorporated into your planters or landscape to conjure up a little wicked fun based on their name, color or appearance. And some may have a little folklore to them as well.  

Happy Autumn! As the season changes and the weather begins to cool, this is a great time of the year to plant perennials and trees, explore fall foliage, sow a fall vegetable garden, and to save seeds for the future. So let’s dig into fall and enjoy all the outdoor activities it has to offer.