Plants of the year
January 5th, 2021
The National Garden Bureau once again chose five plants of the year. For 2021, they have chosen hibiscus (shrub), monarda or bee balm (perennial), hyacinth (bulb crop), garden bean (edible), and sunflower (annual). Plants are chosen because they are popular, easy-to-grow, widely adaptable, genetically diverse, and versatile.
Take some time this winter to explore the options for adding these trendy plants to your garden.
Hardy hibiscus might be a challenge for Colorado gardeners as they have greater water needs. Look for the Summerific® variety for the best results.
Native monarda fistulosa, aka wild bergamot, will add fragrance and keep pollinators happy.
Hyacinth bulbs are prized for their fragrant blossoms. It’s too late to plant for this spring but keep them in mind for fall planting.
Garden beans are a wide category. Options for edible bean crops include native Anasazi or Christmas beans, hardy pinto beans, or bush green beans.
Sunflowers might be the trendiest plant of the bunch. Whether you plant native Colorado sunflowers or mammoth varieties for their tasty seeds, they are sure to make a splash in your landscape.