What is the Perennial of the Year all about? Who chooses it? Why?
In 1984, in Ohio, the Perennial of the Year Association was formed by growers¸retailers, landscapers and educators. This trade association had the purpose to create interest and promote landscape material. In 1990 they began showcasing one perennial a year. The POY must meet the criteria:
All-America Selections (AAS)
AAS is a non-profit organization that tests NEW UNSOLD plant cultivars in trial garden in the U.S. & Canada. These gardens can be visited. (Ontario in Laval (trial) and Ottawa (display). AAS bedding plants, fruits & vegetables must demonstrate improvements over current cultivars.
For information on the 2013 Perennial of the year see Variegated Solomon's Seal under Advice.