Friday, March 2, 2012

2012 Perennial Plant of the Year

Each year the Perennial Plant Association (PPA) picks an outstanding perennial to be named Perennial Plant of the Year.  This distinction is quite similar to the Oscars, the primary difference is that the carpet is green rather than red. 
Imagine a line of plants in pots masquerading down the green carpet…
“Who are you wearing?”
“Oh, this is French urn, circa 1800.”
This year the PPA chose Brunnera macrophylla ‘Jack Frost’ as 2012 Perennial Plant of the Year.  There are a million reasons to love this plant-
1.       It’s deer resistant
2.       The leaves have silver blotches- so even after it’s done flowering you have awesome foliage
3.       Grows well in the shade
4.       Mature height is 12-15” (ideal!)
5.       Flowers are a true blue, which is difficult to find and easy to complement with other plants
6.       Hardy in zones 3-8 a.k.a. this guy will grow well from Maine to the upper portion of Florida

“I would like to thank Daisy, Laurel, Rose and Hazel for helping me grow and of course I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for my gardener.  She’s supported me from the beginning when I was nothing more than a seed!”  

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