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.  

Plants included here are selected based on redeeming characteristics and criteria as determined by each organization listed.  If we have missed any, please let us know. 

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. 

2021 Plants of the Year

All-America Selections Winners – As determined by All-America Selections judges, these are chosen each year as the best new varieties of vegetables and flowers that are grown from seed or young plants. See all the 2021 AAS Winners

2021 TPIE Cool Products Awards winners:  The 2021 TPIE Cool Products Awards is a collaboration between TPIE 2021, the Florida Nursery Growers and Landscape Association (FNGLA) and The Garden Center Group. See all of the TPIE Cool Products Awards Winners.

  • Rose – Brindabella Crimson Knight
  • Mandevilla ‘Sun Parasol Sunbeam’
  • EARTH ANGEL™ Hollywood Hibiscus
  • Colorful Classic Cannas
  • Jurassic Rex Begonia
  • Yucca Rostrata Collection
  • Vriesea Happy Yellow
  • Aglaonema Ultra Pink
  • Mellow Yellow Aglaonema

Canada Blooms Flower of the Year for 2021: Aurora Borealis™ Rose from Vineland Research and Innovation Centre’s 49th Parallel Collection

Annual of the Year from Proven Winners – Supertunia Mini Vista® Pink Star

Annual from National Garden Bureau –  2021 Year of the Sunflower

Bulb from National Garden Bureau –  2021 Year of the Hyacinth

Conifers from the American Conifer Society – Collector Conifers of the Year 2021: Cedrus libani ‘Hedgehog’, Chamaecyparis obtusa ‘Bess’, Pinus banksiana ‘Schoodic’, Pinus mugo ‘Jakobson’, Pinus sylvestris ‘Green Penguin’, and Taxus baccata ‘Silver Spire’. 

Cut Flowers of the Year the Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers: Hellebore Ice N’ Roses series, Viburnum opulus ‘Roseum’, Ranunculus ‘Cloni™ Hanoi’, Baptisia x variicolor ‘Twilite Prairieblues’. 

Daffodil John and Gertrude Wister Award from the American Daffodil Society: Narcissus Marieke

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

Daylily Stout Silver Medal winner awarded by the American Hemerocallis Society: ‘Mayor of Munchkinland’

Edible from National Garden Bureau –  2021 Year of the Garden Bean

Herb Notable Native Herbs from the Herb Society of America: Sanguinaria canadensis 

Herb of the Year™ from the The International Herb Association: Parsley Petroselinum 

Holly of the Year by the Holly Society of America: Ilex verticillata ‘Winter Red’

Hosta of the Year by the American Hosta Growers: ‘Rainbow’s End’

Hosta of the Year™ from Proven Winners:   Shadowland® ‘Wheee!’

Hydrangea of the Year™ from Proven Winners:  Hydrangea serrata Tuff Stuff Ah-Ha®

Iris The American Dykes Memorial Medal from The American Iris Society: ‘Daring Deception’ and ‘Reckless Abandon’  

Perennial Plant of the Year™ by the Perennial Plant Association: Lesser Calamint – 

Perennial from National Garden Bureau: 2021 Year of the Monarda

Perennial Plant of the Year by the Garden Club of America: Buttonbush – Cephalanthus occidentalis 

Perennial of the Year™ from Proven Winners: Nepeta ‘CAT’S PAJAMAS’  

Roses from the American Garden Rose Selections™ –  

  • Brick House™ – Bred by Meilland®. Introduced by Star Roses & Plants.
  • Brindabella Purple Prince™ – Bred by Sylivia E. and John C. Gray. Introduced by Suntory Flowers in partnership with Dig Plant Company.
  • Easy to Please™ – Bred by Christian Bédard. Introduced by Weeks Roses.
  • Sweet Spirit™ –  Introduced by Star Roses & Plants.
  • Top Gun™ – Introduced by Weeks Roses.
  • Tropica – Bred by Ping Lim. Introduced by True Bloom™ Roses.

Roses from the American Rose Trials for Sustainability®:  Each of the A.R.T.S.® Local Artists winners are recognized for their superior performance in one or more climate regionsSee the complete list of 15 winners.  

  • Bay™ Cottage® 
  • Cherry Frost
  • Elaine Paige™ HT Poulsen®
  • Oso Easy® Double Pink
  • True Bloom™ True Romance™
  • Brindabella Purple Prince™
  • Coral Knockout®
  • First Editions® Campfire™
  • Top Gun™
  • True Bloom™ True Sensation™
  • Canyon Road™
  • Easy Elegance® Chi™
  • Flower Carpet Pink Supreme
  • True Bloom™ True Grace™
  • White Knock Out®

Rose of the Year™ from Proven Winners: OSO EASY Italian ice®

Shrub – Landscape Shrub of the Year™ from Proven Winners:  KODIAK® ORANGE Diervilla 

Shrub – Flowering Shrub of the Year™ from Proven Winners: PUGSTER BLUE®  Buddleia 

Shrub – Shrub Madness Winner from Proven Winners: Wee Bit Grumpy® bigleaf hydrangea 

Tree Urban Tree of the Year by the The Society of Municipal Arborists (SMA): Giant Sequoia (Sequoiadendron giganteum)  

Wildflower of the Year by the NC Botanical Garden and the Garden Club of North Carolina: American Beautyberry (Callicarpa americana) 

Wildflower of the Year from the Virginia Native Plant Society:  American Wisteria (Wisteria frutescens) 

What’s your favorite plant of the year? Add your favorite plant to Plants Map and share it’s story with our community and on social media. Remember to use our hashtag #Plantsmap. 

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Cover Photo:  Monarda punctata, Cephalanthus occidentalis Fiber Optics™, and Wisteria frutescens ‘Amethyst Falls’ by Tracy Woods Blevins