The PPA has announced Schizachyrium scoparium and cultivars as the 2022 Perennial Plant of the Year. The broader range of Schizachyrium scoparium and cultivars allows the perennial expert in any area to pick out and encourage the cultivars that do most effective in his or her locale!
PPA Board customers chosen major performers in their locations and shared pleasing details about each individual just one. Highlights of every single assortment are down below:
Central location – Richard Hawke of the Chicago Botanic Backyard garden selects Schizachyrium scoparium ‘Jazz’ for the Central area. Richard notes, “The hanging silvery blue leaves of Schizachyrium scoparium ‘Jazz’ are most similar to ‘The Blues’, but at 36 inches tall and 30 inches huge, ‘Jazz’ is a foot shorter than ‘The Blues’ and has sturdier stems.
Southern location – Shannon Currey of Hoffman Nursery selects Schizachyrium scoparium ‘The Blues’ for the Southern location. Shannon reviews, “In the South, our humidity, superior nighttime temps, and damp springs can sluggish down some Minor Bluestem. ‘The Blues’ is a robust, vigorous grower and has great color. Blues, pinks, purples in the summer time adopted by reds and oranges in the fall. In the ideal situations, it stands out for us.”
Canadian region – Tony Publish of Brookdale Treeland Nurseries – Valleybrook Farm, choses Schizachyrium scoparium ‘Standing Ovation’ PP25202 for the Canadian area. Tony says, “This variety adds excellent texture to the summer months backyard. Burgundy highlights incorporate late time interest. Seed heads are desirable, especially when backlit.”
Western location – For the Western location, Nanci Hollerith Allen of MarkWatch Vegetation notes that Schizachyrium scoparium can be a challenging plant except if you have moderately dry, well-drained soil. She shares two proposed cultivars for the Pacific Northwest and the Rocky Mountain area: Schizachyrium scoparium ‘The Blues’ and Schizachyrium scoparium ‘Standing Ovation’ PP25202.
Excellent Lakes region – Patty Steinhauser of Stonehouse Nursery chooses Schizachyrium scoparium ‘Carousel’ for the Fantastic Lakes region. Patty claims that, “This uniquely mounded collection kinds a large clump of blue-inexperienced foliage that emerges almost horizontal and matures into sturdy, upright stems that keep on being standing by means of inclement weather conditions and wintertime. It can take on pink, copper and orange-red tones in fall topped with small seed tufts.”
Mid-Atlantic region – Taylor Pilker of Cavano’s Perennials suggests ‘The Blues’, ‘Standing Ovation’, and ‘Jazz’. He also notes, “I like ‘Blue Heaven’ mainly because it is taller and has excellent autumn coloration with a wide range of shades of burgundy and pink.”