Perennial Plant Association awards three companies for landscape design

Initiated in 1992, the program recognizes projects that use herbaceous perennials to help create balanced landscapes.


During the Perennial Plant Association’s 2019 National Symposium, three Landscape Design companies were recognized for their exemplary projects.

The entries comprise 11 categories based on residential, commercial, educational, temporary/seasonal designs and price of production. Awards and accolades were announced for the first time to the public July 30, 2019 during the awards reception at the 2019 National Symposium in Rosemont, Illinois.

Initiated in 1992, the Landscape Design Awards program recognizes design projects that are exemplary in use of herbaceous perennials to help create balanced and beautiful landscapes. The “after market” applications of our growers’ products and the design, installation, and maintenance of plants in gardens and natural settings are of special interest to the Perennial Plant Association. Both experienced and novice designers were invited to participate.

Each year, judges evaluate many outstanding landscape designs and select the most excellent entries based on the effectiveness of herbaceous perennial plant material used through the implantations of new cultivars, color combinations, textures, and seasonal combinations.

This year’s recipients include:

Donald Pell & Colonial Farmhouse for their Colonial Farmhouse Garden. “Our design goals were to create a dynamic landscape with improved ecological services while accommodating the needs of our clients. We focused on siting the garage where it might have a positive impact on the garden while making it east to access for aging owners. Plantings were critical in creating an experience of place that is desirable and manageable for hands-on owners.”

Motif International Planning & Design Consultants for their 2018 Taichung World Flora Expo entry. “The 15- hectare Houli Forest Campus is built on an existing lush woodland, the existing vegetation of camphores, bead trees, banyan trees, and Formosan sweet gum is preserved and becomes the stage for the plants of the flora Exhibition.”

Mario Herrada with Zacate Landscape Design for their Perennial Meadow Garden. “The perennial meadow garden I designed is naturalist and informal. The appeal of this garden is three-fold. ..vibrant color and texture change through the year, abundance of wildlife, and the soothing motion of slender flower heads and grass plumes in the wind.”