Each year the National Garden Bureau selects one annual, one perennial, one bulb and one edible plant as their crop of the year. Each selection is made by considering the plant’s popularity, ease of growing, adaptability, genetic diversity and versatility. Here are this year’s picks.
Bulb of the year: Daffodil
Daffodils are a cheery spring-blooming, selfpropagating perennial that originated in Europe. Their genus name is Narcissus. Daffodils are favoured by gardeners for more than their beauty, they are poisonous and therefore left alone by foraging wildlife.
Annual of the year: Pansy
Pansies are a friendlyfaced flower but until the 19th century most people considered them a weed. Today, they are a popular garden beauty available in several colours. Pansies are edible and often used by chefs in salads, desserts and as a garnish.
Perennial of the year: Rose
Roses first appeared around 35 million years ago. They are a part of the Rosaceae family, which is composed of some 2,500 species in more than 90 genera that includes apples, almonds, cherries, pears, raspberries and strawberries as well as ornamentals like the rose.
Edible of the year: Brassica
Brassica vegetables, including bok choy, cabbage, cauliflower, collards, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, kale, kohlrabi, rutabagas and turnips are popular around the world today and have been a major food source for as long as anyone can remember.