Each year the Perennial Plant Association selects one perennial to be the gold medalist. This is based on the input of green industry professionals nationwide. Winners must meet a number of criteria including:
*Suitable for a wide range of climatic conditions
*Pest and disease resistant
*Readily available in the year of release
*Multiple season interest or excellent foliage
Let’s give a standing applause for the 2019 winner: Stachys monieri ‘Hummelo’. Although related to Lamb’s Ear, it is dramatically different in many ways. ‘Hummelo’ is a clump-grower (not an aggressive spreader like Lamb’s Ear), plus its rich green crinkled leaves don’t have the same issues with humidity as Lamb’s Ear. Dense clusters of rose-purple flower spikes emerge from tidy foliage mounds in summer. The plant grows to around 18”-20” tall. This drought and heat tolerant perennial is adored by pollinators but snubbed by deer and rabbits. Simply place ‘Hummelo’ in a sunny location with well drained soil and get ready for the cameras to start flashing! Hardy in Zones 4- 8.
To view photos of past Perennials of the Year, click here.