2019 Plants of the Year


We are excited to share this years annual Plants of the Year™ winners. The plants listed here have received a botanical award of merit or recognition based on varying criteria from different entities.

Plants are chosen at different times of the year as noted. Please check back to see more winners as they are announced. If we have missed any botanical honors of distinction, please let us know.

Plants Map Plants of the Year™ Results  – At the end of this year, we will also announce our top 5 highest ranking most viewed plants from Plantsmap.com and add them to this list.

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.

Plants of the Year winners from previous years can bee seen here:

Congratulations to this year’s Plants of the Year!

Annual –  Lemon Coral ® Sedum is the Annual of the Year from Proven Winners. Also see Lemon Coral™ by Bill Blevins on Plants Map. 

Annual – Year of the Snapdragon from the National Garden Bureau.  

Bulb – Dahlia from the National Garden Bureau ‘Year of the’ campaigns. Also see Dahlia ‘Park Princess’ by Bill Blevins on Plants Map

Dahlia Park Princess

Dahlia Park Princess

Conifers – Abies cephalonica ‘Meyer’s Dwarf’, Cedrus libani ‘Katere’, Picea abies ‘Lemonade’, Picea orientalis ‘Ferny Creek Prostrate’, Chamaecyparis lawsoniana ‘Filip’s Golden Tears’, Picea pungens ‘Blue Pearl’, Pinus parviflora ‘Catherine Elizabeth’, Collectors’ Conifer of the Year from the American Conifer Society  See ‘Meyer’s Dwarf’ by Conifer Kingdom, ‘Blue Pearl’ by Bill Blevins   


Picea pungens ‘Blue Pearl’

Cut Flowers of the Year – Hydrangea paniculata ‘Quick Fire’, Daucus carota ‘Dara’, Anemone coronaria ‘Galilee White’, Eucalyptus gunnii ‘Silver Drop’ selected by the Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers.

Daffodil –  Narcissus ‘Las Vegas’ (1W-Y) is a giant, up-facing daffodil with creamy petals and buttercup yellow cup. The John and Gertrude Wister Award from the American Daffodil Society is announced each year in May. See Daffodil Las Vegas by Brent and Becky’s Bulbs.

Dahlia – To be announced in September. Stanley Johnson Award from The American Dahlia Society

Daylily – To be announced in July. Stout Silver Medal winner awarded by the American Hemerocallis Society.

Edible – Wood Prairie Organic Colossal Potato Collection from Wood Prairie Family Farm and Tomato Purple Boy Hybrid from Park Seed awarded 2019 Green Thumb Award winners from the Direct Gardening Association

Edible – Pumpkin from the National Garden Bureau ‘Year of the’ campaigns

Pumpkin Pepitas F1

Pumpkin Pepitas F1

Herb – Equisetum (Horsetail or scouring rush – 11 species and 4 hybrids in the U.S.) is the Notable Native™ from the Herb Society of America selected by the Native Herb Conservation Committee.  Also see Equisetum hyemale – Horsetail Rush by Booker T. Washington Park Bog Garden  and Horse Tail (Equisetum arvense) by The Cherokee Garden.

Herb – Anise-Hyssop (Agastache) species is the Herb of the Year™ from the The International Herb Association.  See Agastache foeniculum – Lavender Hyssop by Prairie Nursery.

Holly – Ilex opaca ‘Miss Helen’ Holly of the Year by the Holly Society of America. See American Holly by Grelen Nursery on Plants Map

Hosta – ‘Lakeside Paisley Print’ Hosta of the Year by the American Hosta Growers

Hosta – Shadowland® ‘Autumn Frost’ Hosta from Proven Winners Hosts of the Year™.

Hydrangea – Fire Light® Hydrangea paniculata is the Hydrangea of the Year™ fromProven Winners.

Iris – ‘Bottle Rocket’ is the Dykes Memorial Medal winner awarded by The American Iris Society.

Perennial – Stachys ‘Hummelo’ Perennial Plant of the Year™ by the Perennial Plant Association. Also see Stachys monieri ‘Hummelo’ by Bill Blevins

 Stachys monieri 'Hummelo'

Stachys monieri ‘Hummelo’

Perennial – Salvia nemorosa from the National Garden Bureau “Year of the” campaigns. Also see Salvia May Night by The Freckled Rose and Salvia nemorosa Rose Marvel by Tracy Blevins 

Salvia nemorosa Rose Marvel

Salvia nemorosa Rose Marvel

Perennial – Aristolochia macrophylla (Dutchman’s Pipe) named Plant of the Year by the Garden Club of America.

Perennial – Summerific® ‘Berry Awesome’ Hibiscus named Perennial of the Year™ from Proven Winners. 

Rose – Look-A-Likes® BougainFeelYa, Tequila Gold, and Tequila Supreme from American Garden Rose Selections™ Award.   

Rose – At Last® Rose from Proven Winners Rose of the Year™

Rose – Blushing Knock Out®, Double Knock Out®, Easy Does It™ , Oso easy® Petit Pink, Pink Double Knock Out® Sunrise Sunset™, Pink Knock Out® Super Hero™ all received the 2019 Master Rose Awards from the American Rose Trials for Sustainability™.  Also see Double Knock Out® by Catawba County Cooperative Extension and Blushing Knock Out® by Cossey Botanical Park Arboretum. 

Blushing Knock Out®

Blushing Knock Out®

Shrub – Ceanothus species names the Notable Native Shrub by The Herb Society of America.

Shrub –  Rico Suave™ from Hollywood™ Hibiscus received the TPIE 2019 Cool New Plant award. Also see the TPIE 2019 Collection

Shrub – Electric Love™ Weigela from Bloomin’ Easy® honored as the Plant of the Year at Canada Blooms 2019

Shrub – Low Scape Mound™ Aronia named Landscape Shrub of the Year™ from Proven Winners 

Shrub – Sonic Bloom® Weigela named Flowering Shrub of the Year™ from Proven Winners  

Shrub – Tuff Stuff Ah-Ha® mountain hydrangea takes top honor as the Shrub Madness Winner from the Proven Winners ColorChoice Shrub Madness contest.   

Shrubs – Illuminati Tiny Tower Mockorange (Philadelphus coronaries) and Peppy Le Pom Ornamental Pomegranate (Punica granatum) from Proven Winners awarded 2019 Green Thumb Award Winners from the Direct Gardening Association.

Tree – American hophornbeam (Ostrya virginiana) named Urban Tree of the Year by the The Society of Municipal Arborists (SMA). See American Hophornbeam by Look Up, Virginia! Utility-Friendly Trees and Ostrya virginiana by Tracy Blevins on Plants Map

Ostrya virginiana - American Hophornbeam

Ostrya virginiana – American Hophornbeam

Tropical – Anthurium andreanum Livium from Anthura B.V. received the TPIE 2019 Favorite New Flowering Plant distinction. Also see the TPIE 2019 Collection

Tropical – Dracaena White Aspen from Costa Farms was named the TPIE 2019 Favorite New Foliage Plant. Also see the TPIE 2019 Collection 

Wildflower – Pycnanthemum tenuifolium (narrow-leaf mountain-mint) – North Carolina Wildflower of the year by the NC Botanical Garden and the Garden Club of North Carolina. See Narrowleaf Mountainmint by Annkat on Plants Map

Wildflower – New Jersey Tea (Ceanothus americanus) named Wildflower of the Year from the Virginia Native Plant Society. See New Jersey Tea by Prairie Nursery and Ceanothus americanus by Betty Truax. 

New Jersey Tea by Betty Truax

New Jersey Tea by Betty Truax

What’s your favorite Plant of the Year? We would love to know. Add your favorite plant to Plants Map and share its growing story with our community and on social media. Remember to use our hashtags #MyPlantsMap or #Plantsmap

Cover Photo: Dahlia ‘Park Princess’Ostrya virginianaStachys monieri ‘Hummelo’

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