Every year the Wisconsin Nursery Association brings forward top notch but underused plants in an effort to focus the public’s attention on plants that they feel should be used more often in the landscape. These are plants that have not been widely recognized or used, usually because of a lack of formal marketing, but whose characteristics make them excellent additions to any landscape. The award is given each year to one woody plant & one perennial plant. We include here only the perennials, most of which we agree are some of the best available!
2001 Astilbe chinensis 'Visions'
2002 Phlox paniculata 'David'
2003 Solidago rugosa 'Fireworks'
2004 Polygonatum falcatum 'Variegatum'
2005 Hosta 'Patriot'
2006 Panicum virgatum 'Northwinds' (ornamental grass)
2007 Pulmonaria longifolia subsp. cevennensis
2008 Amsonia 'Blue Ice'
2009 Baptista australis ‘False Indigo’
2010 Calmintha nepeta ‘Montrose White Calamint’
2011 Stachys monnieri ‘Hummelo’ Alpine Betony
2012 Allium angulosum ‘Summer Beauty’ -- Summer Beauty Ornamental Onion
2013 Sisyrinchium angustifolium ‘Lucerne’ – Lucerne Blue-Eyed Grass
2014 Echinacea ‘CBG Cone 2’ (Pixie Meadowbrite™Coneflower)