The Best Perennials for Your Yard

Every year a group of plant breeders, nurserymen, and garden writers select a top-performing perennial as Perennial of the Year. Here are their picks since 1990; these plants are sure to be winners in your garden, too!

Justin W. Hancock

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2011: Bluestar This plant would seem to have it all! Bluestar is a North American native that offers pretty spring flowers, great fall foliage color, and is deer and rabbit resistant to boot. It does best in full sun but tolerates part shade.
Name: Amsonia hubrichtii
Size: To 3 feet tall and wide
Zones: 5-9
Plant it with: Peony, iris, and lilies

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