Learn more about the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) Gold Medal Plants for 2023.

Have you been looking to add a new tree, shrub, vine, or perennial plant to your garden? Check out the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society Gold Medal Plant list for inspiration! Gold Medal Plants are selected for their ease of cultivation, multiple seasons of interest, commercial availability, appropriateness for the Mid-Atlantic region, and value to wildlife. PHS started the program in 1979 and annually convenes nursery owners, horticulturists, expert gardeners, and professional growers to conduct a review of both newly available and classic species and cultivars, selecting the best performing and most beautiful for inclusion in the Gold Medal Plant program.  

Holly Days Nursery carries more than 60% of the 157 plants on the list. We have 21 perennials, 36 shrubs, 34 trees and 2 vines on the Gold Medal Plant list. Click the link here to see the full list of plants at Holly Days Nursery & Garden Center.

New to the Gold Medal List for 2023 is:

Iron Butterfly Ironweed is a native perennial with bright purple flowers in autumn that attract pollinators.

Grey Owl Juniper is a native evergreen shrub that is low and spreading. Great for full sun and poor soil.

Chicago Lustre Viburnum blooms in late May – early June with white flower clusters followed by blue-black fruit in fall. Makes a nice hedge or screen plant.

Swamp White Oak is a fast-growing native shade tree with golden to yellow fall color. It’s good in urban or garden settings.

Explore the PHS Gold Medal Plant database and stop by Holly Days Nursery to select some of the best plants for our area to go in your own landscape. Furthermore, our garden center experts are always happy to help make recommendations and point you in the right direction for plant material.

Also winning honors for 2023 as Perennial Plant of the Year is Rudbeckia ‘American Gold Rush’. A compact Black-eyed Susan that we will have in stock soon.

In addition, to learn more about PHS and their program, please click here. To download the full plant list available at Holly Day, please click here.