2015 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-First Annual Plant of the Year selection.

Aster divaricatus - White AsterHerbaceous:
Eurybia divarcata (Aster divaricatus) White Wood Aster

This fantastic native ground cover has small, star-like white flowers with yellow centers, borne in profusion from mid-July into early October. It is one of the few asters that grows in the shade, but takes sun as well. White wood aster grows in average to dry soils, and works well as a ground cover at the edge of the woods or at the front of a border growing through other plants. It attracts butterflies, is somewhat deer-resistant and makes a good filler in a cut flower arrangement.

Carpinus caroliniana - IronwoodWoody:
Carpinus caroliniana Ironwood

Ironwood is a small to medium-sized, wide-spreading tree that is sometimes called Blue Beech or Musclewood, It gets its common name from its thin, bluish grey, sinewy bark that looks like flexed muscles. Leaves are pointed, serrated and dark green, often lustrous, in summer and change to yellow, orange, red, and reddish purple in fall. This handsome native tree is usually found as an understory plant along rivers and streams. Ironwood has a lot to offer our landscapes in subtle beauty

Plant of the Year Archives

2014
Polystichum acrostichoides Christmas Fern
Acer griseum Paperbark Maple
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