The Perennial Plant Association has chosen its 2009 Perennial Plant Of The Year. The winner is Hakonechloa macra ‘Aureola,’ a medium-sized (14 inches tall) grass with yellow leaves and narrow green stripes. You can find a nice photo and a consumer review of it at Rainy Side Gardeners.
For 2008, Terra Nova has introduced ajuga 'Toffee Chip,' (pictured) an exclusive groundcover. Blue flowers emerge from 5-inch spikes. It's a variegated sport of 'Chocolate Chip.' Click here for more from Terra Nova on 'Toffee Chip.'