Once again we want to share with you plants that have achieved a ‘Plant of the Year’ status based on their botanical recognition. Plants are chosen by various different entities and are announced at different times. We will update more  winners later this year. If we have missed any that you are aware of, please let us know.

We have also included links to some of these plants that have been 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.  

Plants Map Plants of the Year™ Results  

In 2018, our most frequently viewed plants from our community were:

1 – Emerald Empire® Crapemyrtle Garnet Queen™ by UpShoot LLC

2 – Peach Lemonade™ Rose by Bloomin’ Easy® Plant Collection

3 – Chrysanthemum – Pelee Mum by Tracy Blevins

4 – Coolapeño Heatless Jalapeño Pepper by Tracy Blevins

5 – Lavalamp™ Flare™ Hydrangea by Bloomin’ Easy® Plant Collection

In August of 2018 we launched a Plant Finder tool with purpose filters to find plants of interest, to buy, and to visit. We hope you will use the Plant Finder to explore more plants that may become your plants of the year as well. 

When you feel like sharing your favorites on social media, please use our hashtags #MyPlantsMap or #Plantsmap. 

Congratulations to this year’s recipients of Plants of the Year™!


  • Annual – Supertunia® Bordeaux™ Annual of the Year™ from Proven Winners.


  • Cut Flowers of the Year – Fresh category – Lisianthus ‘Doublini White’, Woody category – Thornless Blackberry ‘Triple Crown’, Bulb category – Ranunculus ‘Amandine’. Announced in September by the Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers.





  • Shrub – Spilled Wine® Weigela named the Landscape Plant of the Year selected by Proven Winners ColorChoice Flowering Shrubs.


2018 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:  


2018 Green Thumb Award Winners from the Direct Gardening Association

  • Invincibelle Wee White Smooth Hydrangea from Proven Winners
  • Colocasia esculenta ‘Aloha’ from Plant Delights Nursery
  • Stark® Scarlet Crush™ Apple Tree (‘Cherry Parfait #19’ cultivar) from Stark Brother’s Nurseries & Orchards Co.
  • The Organic Potato Plant Detective from Wood Prairie Family Farm

2018 Year of the Marigold and Pepper – From the Fleuroselect Home Garden Association. Also see: Tagetes patula – Disco Mix Marigold by Bill Blevins, Marigold Super Hero™ Spry by All-America Selections. 

2018 Plant of the Year Selections from the Wisconsin Nursery and Landscape Association


What’s your favorite from the list of Plants 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

Cover Photo Note: featured plants include Tulip Poplar (Liriodendron tulipifera)Allium ‘Millenium’ and Mountain Mint (Pycnanthemum muticum).


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