How is the Perennial Plant of the Year Chosen?


Each year, members of the Perennial Plant Association (PPA) nominate perennials for the Plant of the Year (POY) based on the criteria listed below. The POY Committee reviews the ballots and selects 3 or 4 plants to be placed on the final ballot. Generally, a high number of members vote each year. The results are announced by the PPA in January.

Nominations are based on the following criteria:

  • Suitable for a wide range of climatic conditions
  • Low maintenance
  • Pest and disease resistant
  • Readily available in the year of release
  • Multiple seasons of ornamental interest
  • Easily propagated by asexual or seed propagation

To learn more about the Perennial Plant Association, visit their website: