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2019 Perennial and Hosta of the Year

Florissa selects the best up and coming varieties for the season. If you’re looking for a retailer near you to purchase this spectacular selection, send Florissa an email at

2019 Perennial of the Year: Stachys Hummelo

2019 Hosta of the Year: Lakeside Paisley Print

The right plant selection can sometimes make the difference between upkeep and truly enjoying your garden.  Beautiful, hardy, easy to grow and maintain, deer and rabbit resistant – these are the most wanted features on a Canadian gardeners’ shopping list. It also helps if a perennial is drought or heat tolerant too.

It’s a tall order to find all that you want in one great plant, but these selections can be easier to find than you might think. Each year the Perennial Plant Association highlights an exceptional variety that stands up to wide-ranging climate conditions and performs well across Canada’s major growing regions.

This year’s top perennial pick: Stachys Hummelo.

Spend a hot summer day in the cooling shade of a hosta garden and you’ll fall in love with the lush beauty of these versatile and relatively easy to grow perennials. Oh, there are so many hosta varieties to choose from, it’s the decision on which variety to grow that is often the challenge.

Look to the American Hosta Grower’s Association for their annual selection of the Hosta of the Year.

This year, honours go to Hosta ‘Lakeside Paisley Print’.

Growing Information Stachys ‘Hummelo’

Blooming Height: 50 cm (20″)

Blooming Time: June – September

Planting Months: Mid to Late Spring

Special Features: Deer resistant, rabbit resistant, attracts bees, butterflies, long blooming.

Growing Information ‘Lakeside Paisley Print’

Blooming Height: 25 cm (10″)

Width: 50 cm (20″)

Zone: 3

Location: Part Sun – Part Shade