Photo courtesy of Plants Nouveau

Since Jan. 1, 1985, American Nurseryman has reserved the last page of each issue to focus on a special plant. On our regular Field Notes page, we’ve featured trees and shrubs, bulbs and perennials, vines and groundcovers. Some are old favorites, and some are new selections. From skyscraping to groundhugging, from sun-loving to shade-preferring, we’ve featured it. Every type of leaf, stem, bark, flower—from Acer to Ziziphus—we’ve given each individual plant a place of honor. Every issue since 1985; that’s a lot of plants!

Photo courtesy of Kevin Tungesvick (tall, right) Photo courtesy of Stacey Hirvela (top, left) Photo courtesy of Dr. David C. Zlesak (middle, left) Photo courtesy of John Hoffman (bottom, left)

Have we exhausted all the possibilities? Hmmm … have we counted all the stars in the sky? You know the answer to that as well as we do: We’ve only just begun.

Name: Plantus selectus

Common Name: Favored plant

Hardiness: Zones 1 to 12

Mature height: Pretty tall

Mature spread: Pretty wide

Classification: Underutilized plant

Landscape use: Wherever you need a fabulous, reliable, scene-stealing plant

Ornamental characteristics: Spring flush; summer foliage; fall color? Lots of dazzling flowers? Interesting bark or stems? Unusually tall? Neatly compact?

Which is why we’d like to hear from you. What’s the one plant you think is underutilized? Which outstanding plant hasn’t been standing out enough? Is there a tree you believe should receive more attention? A particular perennial that’s been your go-to plant? Let us—and your fellow green industry professionals—know about it.

We’re not looking for Pulitzer prize-winning authors. We want the recommendations of growers and landscape professionals who know their plants. What’s unusual about your favorite; or, rather, what makes it stand out from similar plants? Why do you think it deserves more attention? What unique ornamental qualities make it a winner? Does it have exceptional resistance to the onslaughts of weather, weeds, critters and icky stuff? Is propagation easy? Does it perform well in sun and shade?

Why do you love it?

We maintain a master list of plants featured in Field Notes, so if you’d like to contribute to an American Nurseryman tradition – and we hope you will! – contact us and we’ll check our archives.

Now, whip out that keyboard and start today. Doesn’t your special plant deserve your support?

Photo courtesy of John M. Row

Sally Benson

Editorial Director,

American Nurseryman

sbenson@mooserivermedia.com