If you are looking for a great plant for the new year, check out the 2010 Gold Medal Plant Award Winners. PHS’s Gold Medal Plant Program has recognized woody plants of outstanding merit since 1979.
Try ‘Halley’s Comet’ (Florida Anise), a deer-proof native to the southeastern U.S. that produces 4″ long dark green leaves (similar to Rhododendron), which emit a strong pleasant odor when bruised. It thrives in shady, moist-well-drained soil and tolerates part shade.
For more on ’Halley’s Comet’, watch PHS Gold Medal Manager Zoe Ziccardi in this video. For more on all the Gold Medal Plants, visit the PHS website.