The Perennial Plant Association chooses a winner each year and Stachys monieri ‘Hummelo’ was chosen as the winner for 2019. Each year’s winners are based on attributes that make them garden-worthy such as growing in a wide range of climates, being relatively maintenance free, and attractive during several seasons. ‘Hummelo’ fits that bill perfectly as it’s hardy in zones 4-8, needs minimal care and is great for the border because of its clumping habit, bright purple flowers and long bloom time. Dead-heading may prolong flowering, and trimming the plant back after flowering will keep it looking neat. At the moment we have a nice selection in our #1 containers in both sales yards.
FYI: It also received the highest rating from 22 other Lamb’s Ears in a study the Chicago Botanic Garden did 1998-2004.Award Wining Lamb’s Ears