We will offer you some choices and give you a bit of information about each one. Vote between now and February 15th and we’ll announce your choice shortly after voting closes. Any registered member is eligible to vote and we think it will be a fun tradition to start. Just make sure you are logged in. Contact our helpdesk if you need assistance with that. Here's the link where you can vote. Our Plant of the Year Candidates are from all areas of interest. We have trees, shrubs, annuals, perennials and foliage options for choices in most garden types. Some have flowers and others rely unique leaves and colors. There are twelve candidates and you are able to vote for your three favorites. Your best choice will receive three votes, your second place choice will receive two votes and your third place choice receives one vote. This way, you don’t have to settle on just one plant and we’ll announce the runners-up as well as the winner when voting concludes. Here are the plants in no particular order.

purple siberian iris

Siberian Iris

Siberian iris is a smaller cousin to the familiar bearded iris. They bloom in the spring and are not plagued by the destructive iris borer as much as the beardeds. Siberians bloom well in full sun to partial shade and like well-drained soil with lots of moisture. Divide the clumps every three to five years for the best show. These iris make wonderful pass-along plants and are popular trade plants here at DG. They are most common in the blue and purple shades, however white and yellow varieties are also available. Siberian iris are hardy in USDA Zones 3-9, so most gardeners are able to grow them.

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'Abraham Darby' rose

Just about everyone loves roses in their garden and the David Austin rose ‘Abraham Darby’ is a long-time favorite. The large salmon-pink cabbage rose form lends an old-fashioned air to many gardens around the world. 'Abraham Darby' is a repeat bloomer after an initial spring flush and the fragrant blossoms are excellent for cut flowers and the choice of many brides. It makes an impressive 4 to 5 foot bush where happy and several planted together are a beautiful hedge. Hardy in USDA Zones 5 through 10 makes it a good choice for many gardens.

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Sunflowers

Sunflowers are a world-wide favorite annual and their cheerful faces adorn more than just gardens. We have sunflower images on key chains, tee shirts and coffee mugs among other items, just to make us smile. Give them a sunny spot and regular moisture and they will put on a show for you. They are so easy, even the smallest child can grow a sunflower. As an added perk, sunflower seeds are a tasty treat for your family, or the birds. Since sunflowers are annuals and grow, bloom and set seed all in the same year, there’s a sunflower that is perfect for any garden.

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Japanese painted fern

The Japanese Painted Fern is native to Asia and is a popular plant for shade gardens. The silvery foliage with the distinctive red mid-ribs brightens up dark areas with an unexpected splash of light. Hardy in USDA Zones 4-8, it forms lush colonies in moist, well-drained soil. It grows between 18 and 24 inches tall, so it makes a nice statement in the middle part of the shade border. Divide the clumps in the spring to give it a start all along your shade border or share it with friends.

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Hydrangea 'Let's Dance Moonlight'

‘Let’s Dance Moonlight’ is the name of our hydrangea candidate. This deciduous shrub can reach as much as six feet tall and six feet around where it is happy, although about four feet is the average. Since it blooms on both old wood and new wood, the show continues all summer. Flower color ranges from pink, through lavender, to blue, depending on the soil’s pH. The more acid the soil is, the closer the blooms are to the blue end of the spectrum. If you want your flowers pinker, add lime to your root zone. Listed as hardy to USDA Zone 6 and into Zone 5 with protection, there’s a great number of gardens that could have one of these beauties as a spotlight plant.

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Japanese maple 'Bloodgood'

The ‘Bloodgood’ Japanese maple is a stunning focal point in the garden year round. The spring leaves start out a deep burgundy and last throughout the summer. In the autumn, the leaves are a brilliant scarlet. The tree usually never grows above 20 feet tall and the slender branches give it a delicate appearance, however it is one tough little tree as far as Japanese maples go. 'Bloodgoods' are low maintenance and disease-resistant and are hardy in USDA Zones 5 through 9. It makes a wonderful statement piece and also shines as a colorful background player as well.

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Baptisia

Baptisia, or false indigo is a plant native to eastern North America and is a long-lived perennial in most gardens. Give it a generous spot in a sunny garden, because it can grow into an impressive plant three or four feet tall and around.. You should also be sure where you want it, because the roots grow deep and it is difficult to transplant. Baptisias bloom in mid spring and most of them sport lavender to purple lupine-like blooms, although there are a few cultivars with white or butter yellow blooms. After it blooms the lush foliage is a nice backdrop for later-blooming flowers. Frost cuts it down each autumn, however it is hardy in USDA Zones 3 through 9, so most gardens can grow it. Deer tend to avoid baptisia as well, so that is another excellent point to have some if Bambi thinks your garden is his personal buffet.

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Heuchera 'Dolcé Blackcurrent'

Do you like foliage instead of flowers? Then the heuchera, or coral bells, ‘Dolcé Blackcurrent’ might be your choice for Plant of the Year. This little herbaceous perennial is hardy all the way through USDA Zone 4a and makes a wonderful low-growing ground cover. The leaves are a wonderful burgundy/chocolate tone with lighter silver spaces and splotches. The insignificant flowers aren’t really a garden feature, however pollinators and hummingbirds love them, so that makes it a good choice as a groundcover in a wildlife-friendly garden. It performs well in sun or shade, however if it is in a sunny area, make sure it has adequate moisture available.

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Dogwood

Who doesn’t love dogwoods? The small, understory tree has four season interest with stunning spring flower bracts, glossy, green summer foliage, scarlet or burgundy leaves in the fall and bright red berries that are like candy for birds like cardinals and bluejays. Hardy from Maine to Florida, this lovely, ornamental was originally native to the forest edges and understory areas. It makes a stunning specimen tree in even the smallest urban lawns and there are many communities with dogwood trails and paths marked each spring. Dogwoods do best with good air circulation to prevent mold and fungus and protective mulch to prevent damage from lawnmowers and weed trimmers. Deer generally leave it alone, so that is another plus in its favor if you tend to have that problem.

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Clematis 'Nelly Moser'

'Nelly Moser' is one of the most popular clematis and it has been around since 1897! You can find it from trendy nurseries to big box stores. The multi-toned pink blossoms are huge and the vine is hardy in USDA Zones 4-11, so there’s not many places where it won’t grow. It likes, moist, well-drained soil and a layer of mulch around its roots. ‘Nelly’ blooms in mid spring and the 8 inch flowers literally cover the vine. Give her a place of honor in your garden and she’ll delight you and visitors for many years.

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Daylily 'Indian Giver'

Daylilies are one of the most popular perennials and just about any sunny garden has at least a couple. ‘Indian Giver’ is one of the most popular and for good reason. It blooms in early, mid-season with large, slightly ruffled dark pink flowers with a thin, white edge and golden throat. It makes a nice statement in the front part of a middle border at about 20 inches tall and often reblooms later in the season. Reliably hardy in USDA Zones 3 through 9 and happy in just about any soil, makes it a good choice for just about any garden.

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Supertunia® 'Bordeaux'

Petunias have been a universal favorite for well over 100 years and new varieties are exceptional garden plants. The Supertunia® ‘Bordeaux’ is one that does the genus proud. The light purple trumpets with darker throats and veining are mounding annuals that bloom all summer. They are happy as both container plants and bedding plants with a spread of about 18 inches per plant. This makes them a bit more compact than the ‘wave’ types and the masses of blooms are attractive to butterflies and hummingbirds. Plant in a sunny location and give your 'Bordeaux' plenty of water during the hottest time of year and it will bloom until a heavy frost cuts them down. Since they are an annual, they are a good choice for just about any climate.

Vote for your favorites

Any of these plants will make a wonderful 2022 DG Plant of the Year. They are all easy to grow and most any garden has the climate and room for at least one. We encourage you to choose your favorites and we can’t wait to see which one the membership chooses as the winner. Here's the link where you can vote. Remember to let us know if you need help logging in. We think this will be so much fun that it can be the start of a new tradition and it certainly helps pass the time with some 'eye candy', until we can get back in our gardens again this spring.