Perennial Plant Association Names the 2013 Perennial of the Year
Photo courtesy of Perennial Plant Association
The red carpet was rolled out. The stars of the garden blossomed. (Did you see what Miss Peony was wearing? Scandalous! And who was driving Miss Daisy?) But the fanfare is now over. The votes are in. Each contending perennial quietly awaits the ballots tally. Soon a winner will be announced. Each plant knows what it takes to get here: standing up to the high standards of the Perennial Plant Association is no task for the weak-stemmed. One must be suitable for a wide range of growing climates, require low maintenance, have multiple-season interest, and be relatively pest and disease-free. Every year, since 1990, the Association has selected a perennial that shines in these areas.
Now, it is finally time to add one more perennial's name to the honored garden of fame. The 2013 Perennial Plant of the Year is… (drum roll, please) Polygonatum odoratum 'Variegatum'!!!! The English translator for our non-Latin-speaking guests announces: Solomon's Seal!! The plants go petals! What a joyous occasion for Solomon! Coming to accept his reward, his credentials are given: This all-season perennial has greenish-white variegated foliage, with sweetly fragrant flowers in late spring. In the fall, the foliage turns yellow, and sometimes the plant puts forth bluish-black berries. Solomon's Seal grows well in moist soil in partial to full shade. This is a beautiful addition to your shady woodland garden or border. It pairs well with hosta, fern and astilbe. Low maintenance and virtually disease free, this is a winner for any shady spot in your yard. For more information on Solomon's Seal and other garden favorites, scroll through the Stadler Nurseries plant library.