The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society has shared its list of Plant Gold Medal Winners for 2022. The Plant Gold Medal Program was established by PHS in 1979 to celebrate and showcase beautiful, easy-to-grow plant species. , ideal for home gardening. Each year, a committee of horticultural experts meets to evaluate trees, shrubs and perennials according to various criteria, including their suitability for home gardens in the mid-Atlantic region, their ease of cultivation, their immediate commercial availability, wildlife value, weather tolerance and pest resistance.
Since the program’s inception, PHS has named more than 150 gold-winning plants. Including this year’s winners, all plants are listed for hardiness in Hardiness Zones 5 through 7, which cover the Mid-Atlantic region but are also valid in other regions.
“We hope that PHS’s list of gold-winning plants will help gardeners find the right plant species to meet the unique needs of their garden, while also encouraging them to include plants they may not have. not considered before,” said Andrew Bunting, vice president of public service at PHS. gardens and landscapes. “We are careful to ensure a diverse selection of plant species by starting the process with submissions from a wide range of growers, so that each year’s Plant Gold Medal winners include a variety of plants for every condition, size and need of the garden.”
To learn more about this year’s gold medal winning plants or to view previous year’s winners in the PHS online database, please visit: https://phsonline.org/for-gardeners/gold-medal-plants
PHS Gold Medal Plants 2022
Abelia x grandiflora ‘Little Richard’, shiny abelia
An ornamental shrub with small, attractive white flowers that bloom in late spring and early summer. In the fall, the foliage of this evergreen shrub takes on an orange-pink hue. ‘Little Richard’ is a fast-growing shrub that grows exceptionally well in containers, resists deer and attracts pollinators. It is an excellent shrub for hardiness zones 6-9.
Acer x freemanii Autumn Blaze, Freeman Maple A tall, native shade tree with spectacular orange-red fall foliage, this native cultivar will cool surrounding temperatures and benefit the environment by attracting native birds. It is also deer resistant and Autumn Blaze tolerates both dry and wet soils. This species is hardy in zones 4-8.
cornus kousa Scarlet Fire, Kousa Dogwood
This plant is an flowering dogwood with beautiful fuchsia-colored flowers. Scarlet Fire® adapts very well to many different climates and soils. It is a medium-growing tree that flowers within two years of planting. Scarlet Fire® is a relatively new addition to the ornamental landscape and is both deer and disease resistant to anthracnose, powdery mildew and other common plant diseases. It is hardy in zones 5-8.
Heuchera ‘Caramel’, coral bellsThis perennial works well in the landscape as a ground cover or to cluster in a perennial border. ‘Caramel’ is a vigorous, clump-forming coral bell cultivar that features unique apricot foliage. It offers three interesting seasons: spring, summer and autumn. ‘Caramel’ is deer resistant. It is hardy in zones 4-9.
Ilex opaca ‘Maryland Dwarf’, American Holly
A low-growing, sun-loving native holly, this plant tolerates shade and grows well in medium to lightly moist soil. This exceptional holly has a wide spreading habit which stimulates winter interest in the garden and landscape. This holly is a beautiful addition to small garden spaces, is hardy in zones 6 to 9, and is deer resistant.
Pycnanthemum muticummountain mintIt is a fragrant perennial with dark green leaves that taste like peppermint when crushed. Unlike most other mint relatives, this vigorous grower is non-invasive. It grows best in moist to moderately moist soils, can be planted in meadows, and makes a fantastic addition to a perennial garden. It also attracts pollinators and is one of the best perennials for deer resistance. Mountain mint is hardy in zones 4 to 8.
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