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

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: 

Tomato Midnight Snack F1 – AAS Winner

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:

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