The association of perennials announces the winners in landscaping



At the Perennial Plant Association (PPA) National Virtual Symposium 2021, three landscaping companies were recognized for their projects. Entries included 11 categories based on residential, commercial, educational, temporary or seasonal designs and the price of production.

Launched in 1992, the Landscape Design Awards program recognized design projects that are exemplary in the use of herbaceous perennials to help create balanced and beautiful landscapes. Of particular interest to PPA are the aftermarket applications of growers’ products and the design, installation and maintenance of plants in gardens and natural settings. Both experienced and novice designers were invited to participate.

Each year, the judges evaluate numerous landscaping and select the most remarkable entries based on the efficiency of the herbaceous perennial plant material through the establishment of new cultivars, color combinations, textures and seasonal combinations.

This year’s recipients included:

Donald Pell of Donald Pell Gardens

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Pell received an honorary award for his garden project in Kempton, Pennsylvania. Native and cosmopolitan plants of tufted clumps, and bulbs, runners and rhizomes with plants that would propagate by seeds were composed together to create a vibrant and sustainable landscape. This impressionistic meadow blends cool and warm season plants and primary and emergent layers to create four seasons of beauty.

The design was intended to entice guests to flow through a beautifully detailed guest entrance on a walk to the veranda and front door or through multiple tertiary paths that continued the journey around the garden.

The judges appreciated how the design maximized the grassy layer of the property to keep the view of the surrounding landscapes. They felt the plans beautifully incorporated the existing views and the house. The selection and positioning of the plant material gives it the impression of blending into the environment while offering the privacy of the garden around the house.

Andrew Marrs by Andrew Marrs Garden Design

Marrs also received an honorary award for his University Street Garden project.

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“The aim of the University Street Garden was to capture the feeling and the ecological function of a wild place but also to be readable,

clever and have more floral impact than what you would typically find in a meadow of naturally occurring wildflowers, ”says Marrs.

A vast plant palette of more than 80 different species and selections has been developed. Each plant was chosen for its role in attracting wildlife, its adaptability to unmodified soil conditions on the site and its ability to fit into a naturalistic aesthetic.

The judging team appreciated that the design draws attention to existing site conditions and long-term maintenance needs. Equally important emphasis has been placed on the choice of plants that provide habitats for pollinators. This approach has shown that durability is a factor in the design and maintenance plan for the homeowner when selecting plants.

Campion Hruby Landscape Architects

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A merit award was presented to Campion Hruby Landscape Architects for its Bridgeview project. The site focused on an ever-changing collection of plants that emphasized the summer season. Lawns have been reduced from large expanses to smaller “outdoor rooms”, large blocks of coastal grasses have been filled with drifts of colorful perennials. The evergreen structure provided a buffer against the gusty winds off the Chesapeake Bay. Going against the traditional conception of well-tended gardening, the Campion Hruby team brought the same wild Chesapeake to the pavement feeling with large expanses of seasonal perennials and ornamental grasses.

The selection committee applauded the consistent design with attention to all aspects of the landscape, including hardscapes. Wide vistas and contemporary elements brought an inspiring touch to the New American Garden style.




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