Helenium autumnale hybrids 2012 Perennial Plant of the Year
Common Name: Helenium; Helen’s flower; sneezeweed
Helenium blooms from July to late September with daisy-like flowers in yellow, orange, bronze, reddish-brown or crimson and a prominent brown cone. Helenium 'Mardi Gras' was the Calgary Horticultural Society’s 2012 Perennial Plant of the Year.
Goat’s beard forms a massive mound of foliage with large white flower plumes that wave above the compound leaves. This plant demands space. Wonderful for moist areas like water gardens and works well in woodland areas. Good for cutting and drying.
Brunnera macrophylla 2010 Perennial Plant of the Year
Common Name: Siberian bugloss; brunnera
A lovely perennial for the shade garden, brunnera sends up loose sprays of tiny bright blue flowers in the spring. Large heart-shaped leaves are attractive from spring to fall. Plants may self-seed. Makes an attractive groundcover for shady areas.
Calamagrostis x acutiflora 'Karl Foerster' 2009 Perennial Plant of the Year
Common Name: Karl Foerster feather reed grass
Calamagrostis x acutiflora 'Karl Foerster' is a dense clumping grass with narrow, arching green foliage and tall vertical flower stalks which remain upright and attractive in winter. 'Karl Foerster' is used in borders, mass plantings and as a specimen plant.