Successful Gardening: Choose a Plant of the Year

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cantabrigiense Biokovo ~

Did you know that several organizations choose a “Plant of the Year” to celebrate their favorite plants? More importantly these are “tried and true” meaning that they are usually easy to grow and typically work well in a wide range of soils and climates.

I started buying the Perennial Plant of the Year a long time ago. I can say from experience that they have all been successful plants in my garden. This years Perennial Plant of the Year is: Geranium x cantabrigiense ‘Biokovo.’ I already own this one and love it. It is a nice spreading perennial ground cover in a blushing light pink-almost white color.

Geranium cantabrigiense Biokovo ~

I also have a close cousin named Geranium cantabrigiense ‘Karmina.’ Pretty much the same with a darker pink bloom.

Geranium cantabrigiense 'Karmina' ~

I fell in love with perennial geraniums several years ago with Geranium ‘Johnson’s Blue.’

Geranium 'Johnson's Blue' ~

Geranium ‘Johnson’s Blue’


Since then I have added many to my garden.  They’re easy to grow and come in a wide variety of colors. You can read more about my geranium obsession here.

Here’s a small group of organizations who nominate a plant of the year and their choice for 2015.

On a similar note, if you really enjoy following trends you can pick up a few flowers in the Pantone color of the year. This year’s color is Marsala (18-1438). It is described as “A naturally robust and earthy wine red.” I personally love this color. It’s very warm and rich. I already have several plants in this color range but I’ll certainly be on the look out for new additions. Here are a couple of examples from my garden.

Dark Hellebore Hybrid ~

Dark Hellebore Hybrid

Weigela Wine & Roses ~

Weigela Wine & Roses

I hope this inspires you to check out the Plant of the Year from the various associations who work hard to nominate great specimens for the home gardener to grow. Do you have any favorite plants of the year? How about any wine colored beauties?


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About Patti Estep

Patti is the creator of Garden Matter, a home and garden blog filled with projects to inspire your creative side. She loves crafting, gardening, decorating and entertaining at her home in Pennsylvania. When she is not working on a project at home or searching for treasures at nurseries and thrift stores with her girlfriends, you’ll probably find her with family and friends, at a restaurant, or home party enjoying new and different food adventures.

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  1. I love hardy geraniums, I have a few Johnson’s blue and they put on a serious show every year! I really like the subdued pink of the plant of the year, maybe I’ll track some down this year

    • Hi Alecia,
      FYI Biokovo is more of a ground cover compared to Johnson’s Blue. One additional bonus; the foliage turns a pretty red in the fall.

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