Looking for a sure thing? These outstanding plants are a great place to start! Proven Winners has selected their very best annuals, perennials, flowering shrubs and more for their National Plant of the Year award program.

SUPERTUNIA MINI VISTA® PINK STARPETUNIA hybrid

Annual of the Year

USDA ZONES 10A-11B

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This vigorous petunia will be the star of your garden with its cheery pink and white striped flowers. Plant them in garden beds, containers, hanging baskets, window boxes—anywhere you need a pick-me-up. They’re heat and drought tolerant and maintenance is a breeze. They'll grow 6 to 12 inches tall and spread up to 24 inches.

‘CAT'S PAJAMAS’ CATMINTNEPETA hybrid

Perennial of the Year

USDA ZONES 3-8

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This long-blooming perennial brings bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds to your garden with intense blue flowers that bloom from spring all the way through summer. Its compact size—12 to 14 inches tall and up to 20 inches wide—allows it to fit perfectly into smaller spaces and containers, as well as borders and beds.

KODIAK® ORANGEDIERVILLA

Landscape Shrub of the Year

USDA ZONES 4-7

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This durable native plant thrives in sun or shade. It is drought tolerant and deer resistant, and its yellow flowers attract pollinators all summer. The bright orange foliage makes it an eco-friendly alternative to burning bush. It can reach 48 inches high and wide and only requires a light trim in spring.


SHADOWLAND® ‘WHEEE!’HOSTA hybrid

Hosta of the Year

USDA ZONES 3A-9B

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This hosta’s fun, ruffled leaves have cream margins that get wider as they age. Though its main appeal is its foliage, it produces light lavender flowers in summer. Like most hostas, it should be grown in shade and planted in moist, organically enriched soil. It can reach 18 inches high and has a spread of 28 to 30 inches.

OSO EASY ITALIAN ICE®Rosa ×

Rose of the Year

USDA ZONES 4A-9B

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Orange buds open to soft yellow, semi-double flowers with blush margins. The abundant blooms are set off against the glossy, dark green foliage. The foliage is resistant to powdery mildew and black spot, keeping it looking good all season. This compact rose grows 18 to 30 inches tall and wide.

TUFF STUFF AH-HA®HYDRANGEA SERRATA

Hydrangea of the Year

USDA ZONES 5A-9B

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One of the most prolific reblooming hydrangeas ever! The double florets in blue or pink (depending on soil acidity) bloom constantly all summer long. The buds on this mountain hydrangea are naturally more cold tolerant. Grows to 24 to 36 inches tall and wide.


PUGSTER BLUE® BUTTERFLY BUSHBUDDLEIA

Flowering Shrub of the Year

USDA ZONES 5A-9B

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This compact shrub only grows to 2 feet tall and 3 feet wide. However, despite its smaller frame, it produces full-size flowers from early summer until frost. The true-blue flowers are held by thick, sturdy stems that also ensure better winter hardiness.

HEART TO HEART® 'WHITE WONDER'CALADIUM HORTULANUM

Caladium of the Year

USDA ZONES 5A-9B

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An elegant, strap-leaf caladium that makes an excellent border plant for sun or shade. Also adaptable as a houseplant for a sunny window location. Grows to 20 inches tall and 10 inches wide.

2021 NATIONAL RECIPES

Container Combinations

All-Season Performance

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Growing gorgeous plants in containers is easy when you follow reliable recipes like these. Proven Winners has assembled three flower combinations to keep your outdoor living spaces bright and beautiful all season long.

Learn more about these award-winning plants at nationalplantoftheyear.com.

Candidates for Proven Winners’ National Plants of the Year are judged stringently by growers, retailers and home gardeners against the following criteria:

  • Easy to grow
  • Iconic
  • Readily available
  • Outstanding landscape performance

See last year's winning plants:
Diamond Collection euphorbia
'Denim 'n Lace' Russian sage
Gem Box® inkberry holly
Plus container recipes for spring, summer and fall.

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