Learn about interesting 2024 Plants of the Year choices from gardening and plant associations as they publish this year's favorites.
Many of these plants are easy to grow and thrive in a wide variety of climates making them perfect choices for your gardening wish list.
Top Plant Choices for 2024
The perennial plant association's "Perennial of the Year" is always a "no-brainer." I have so many of them in my garden. However, I do not have any garden phlox so this one is on my list for this year's garden.
This particular variety has several noteworthy characteristics. For one thing, the flowers are smaller and more compact than most phlox. They are fragrant and attract pollinators of all kinds, especially butterflies.
Tall Garden Phlox - Phlox paniculata 'Jeana'
- Hardiness Zones: 4 to 8
- Height: 2 - 4 feet tall by 1.5 to 3 feet wide
- Sun: Full sun to Partial Shade
- Water: Medium
- Bloom Time: July - September
We've all heard of philodendrons, right? In fact, I have an entirely separate post about Heart Leaf Philodendrons. However, did you know that this pretty, easy to grow houseplant comes in hundreds of varieties?
You're probably familiar with the vining green leaves shown above.
But what about this beauty with splashes of pink? Isn't it fabulous?
A symbol of nature, growth, and renewal, this one is perfect for any beginner and something you can appreciate indoors during the winter months.
Proven Winners Plants of the Year, referred to as the National Plants of the Year, has several of their own chosen to highlight this year.
Proven Winners Annual of the Year - Supertunia Vista® Jazzberry® Petunia
A beautiful bright pink petunia. You can never go wrong with a supertunia. I always use them in my summer planters as they require little maintenance and bloom their heads off all season long.
Proven Winners Perennial of the Year - 'Pink Profusion'
Perennial salvias are also a good choice for a flower garden. They come back every year as all perennials do making them great for your budget and this bright fuschia/pink is no exception. Not too tall, it only grows about 14 inches so you can place it near the front of your border.
Proven Winners Hosta of the Year - Shadowland® 'Hudson Bay' Hosta
Here's a pretty tri-colored hosta you may want for your collection. Another mid-sized plant that grows to be about 2 x 2 feet. Perfect for any shady area of the garden.
Proven Winners Landscape Plant of the Year - Fizzy Mizzy
If you are looking for a new shrub try this pretty petite sweetspire. It gets to be about 2 - 3 feet tall and wide and loves the sun but can take a bit of shade too.
The National Gardening Bureau selects one annual, one shrub, one edible, one houseplant, one perennial, and one bulb each year. They are chosen because they are popular, easy to grow, and versatile. You may already know of or grow some of these plants. However, if you click on their links you can learn more details about the plants, different varieties, and helpful tips.
- Year of the Angelonia
- Year of the Buddleia
- Year of the Squash
- Year of the African Violet
- Year of the Hosta
- Year of the Lily
I hope this 2024 Plants of the Year breakdown gives you plenty to research and ponder. A great way to start the year planning and dreaming of the next gardening season.