Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Jessi and the Perennial Plant Association

Caitlin and Susan brought to my attention this great article called Perennials of the Decades about the Perennial Plant Association in August issue of American Nurseryman. Here is a link to the article if you want to read more information about each plant,August issue.  I will go through the list real quick for those of you that don't want to wait to see the article.
  • 2015: Geranium 'Biokovo'
  • 2014: Panicum virgatum 'Northwind'
  • 2013: Polygonatum odoratum 'Variegatum'
  • 2012: Brunnera 'Jack Frost'
  • 2011: Amsonia hubrichtii
  • 2010: Baptisia australis
  • 2009: Hakonechola macra 'Aureola'
  • 2008: Geranium 'Rozanne'
  • 2007: Nepeta 'Walker's Low'
  • 2006: Dianthus 'Feuerhexe'
  • 2005: Helleborus x hybridus.
Besides going through a tough criteria list to be given the name PPA's Perennial Plant of the Year, these plants have to perform well in multiple environments and have to be amazing performers in the landscape. Many of the plants listed above are some of our best sellers and a true pleasure to grow. I am very excited to say that I will be growing the 2016 PPA's Plant of the year Anemone Honorine Jobert in the Spring.  (Image below courtesy of MOBOT.)

Honorine Jobert Anemone

Speaking of the PPA, I had my first experience of going to the Perennial Plant Association's National Symposium in Baltimore, Maryland. The most amazing part of the symposium was the fact the PPA has been together celebrating and discussing perennials for thirty years. I got to discuss perennials with perennial lovers from all over the world. I got a new appreciation for the perennials I grow. So I can now put more love and focus more on 'doing it right' with what I am growing for all of our wonderful customers. Here are some pictures of the activities I got to do while attending the symposium.

 14 star flag
This picture of me rolling up the 14 star flag.  The 14 star flag inspired the Star Spangled Banner.

raised bed
A raised garden bed plot from a Baltimore inner city after school program.

Baltimore Orioles Stadium
Baltimore Orioles stadium view from the home Dugout.
Container that was designed by one of the growers at the Symposium.

Picture of Private Garden of the late Kurt Bluemel's home. A true pioneer in the use of natives and perennials in the United States.

By Jessi Faircloth, Assistant Grower, Loma Vista Nursery
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