2017 Plant of the Year

The DNLA Plants of the Year Program promotes great plants that are well-adapted to Delaware’s environment. Each year, the DNLA selects one herbaceous plant and one woody plant for use in Delaware landscapes. This year marks Delaware Nursery & Landscape Association’s Twenty-Third Annual Plant of the Year selection.

Schizachyrium scoparium 'Standing Ovation' - Little Bluestem by North Creek Nurseries

 

Herbaceous:
Schizachyrium scoparium ‘Standing Ovation’

‘Standing Ovation’ little bluestem is a warm season grass with blue-green spikey stems and leaves. Leaves have a purplish caste at the base. Fluffy, light-catching seed clusters appear in late summer/fall. In fall, little bluestem turns an apricot color that brightens the winter landscape. ‘Standing Ovation’ has sturdy blades that are thicker than most bluestems, remaining sturdy even in richer garden soils. ‘Standing Ovation’ with its sturdy habit and excellent fall color makes a good accent or mass planting in a perennial or shrub border. Cut back in early spring to make room for new emerging leaves.

Taxodium distichum - Bald CypressWoody:
Taxodium distichum

Bald cypress is a pyramidal, deciduous conifer that grows 50-70 feet tall. It thrives in average to wet soils, preferring sandy soils, but tolerating anything from dry conditions to standing water. Trunks are buttressed at the base, often developing knobby root growths, called knees, when grown in water. Soft, yellow-green needles turn an attractive orange/cinnamon-brown in fall. Purplish green cones mature to brown. Bald cypress is a striking specimen tree for a variety of large areas since it tolerates a wide range of conditions.

Plant of the Year Archives

2016
Asclepias tuberosa
Heptacodium miconiodes
2016 Fact Sheet

2015
Eurybia divaricate (Aster divaricatus)
Carpinus caroliniana
2015 Fact Sheet

2014
Polystichum acrostichoides
Acer griseum
2014 Fact Sheet

2013
Heuchera macrorhiza ‘Autumn Bride’
Rhus aromatica ‘Gro-Low’
2013 Fact Sheet

2012
Dryopteris erythrosora
Chionanthus virginicus
2012 Fact Sheet

2011
Geranium ‘Gerwat’ Rozanne®
Aronia arbutifolia ‘Brilliantissima’
2011 Fact Sheet

2010
Quercus bicolor
Baptisia xvariicolor ‘Twilite’ PPAF
2010 Fact Sheet

2009
Amelanchier xgrandiflora ‘Autumn Brilliance’
Nepeta xfaassenii ‘Walker’s Low’
2009 Fact Sheet

2008
Rosa Knock Out® series
Echinacea Big Sky™ series
2008 Fact Sheet

2007
Cercidiphyllum japonicum
Tricyrtis ‘Sinonome’
2007 Fact Sheet

2006
Oxydendrum arboreum
Epimedium ssp. and hybrids
2006 Fact Sheet

2005
Thuja plicata ‘Green Giant’
Aster oblongifolius ‘October Skies’
2005 Fact Sheet

2004
Ceratostigma plumbaginoides
Magnolia grandiflora ‘Little Gem’
2004 Fact Sheet

2003
Amsonia hubrichtii
Cryptomeria japonica ‘Yoshino’
2003 Fact Sheet

2002
Helleborus Xhybridus
Nyssa sylvatica
2002 Fact Sheet

2001
Sedum ‘Matrona’
Hydrangea quercifolia
2001 Fact Sheet

2000
Solidago rugosa ‘Fireworks’
Nandina domestica
2000 Fact Sheet

1999
Ilex verticillata ‘Sparkleberry’
Gaura lindheimeri ‘Whirling Butterflies’
1999 Fact Sheet

1998
Fothergilla gardenii
Amsonia montana
1998 Fact Sheet

1997
Clethra alnifolia ‘Hummingbird’
Panicum virgatum ‘Heavy Metal’
1997 Fact Sheet

1996
Viburnum nudum ‘Winterthur’
Echinacea purpurea ‘Bright star’
1996 Fact Sheet

1995
Magnolia virginiana
Coreopsis verticillata ‘Moonbeam’
1995 Fact Sheet