Since its inception in 1978, the PHS Gold Medal Plant Award program has recognized trees, shrubs, and woody vines of outstanding merit. A volunteer Gold Medal Committee of horticulturists meets annually to evaluate and select PHS Gold Medal plants for their superb eye-appeal and performance in the USDA Hardiness Zones 5 through 7. Many winners are hardy in a broader geographic range. PHS Gold Medal Plants provide beauty in many seasons through their foliage, flower, form, or bark.
Plants nominated for the PHS Gold Medal award are not necessarily new to the landscaping and nursery trade, but each must exhibit outstanding horticultural and aesthetic appeal that warrants this distinction. Each contender must currently be in a propagation program which ensures availability to the home gardener.
When a gardener acquires a PHS Gold Medal plant, he or she can be assured the plant will exhibit standards of excellence for pest and disease resistance, as well as ease of growing when planted and maintained by recommended methods.
We are presently updating and improving our database of Gold Medal-winning plants. In the meanwhile, please browse this listing of all the winners, including the most recent inductees. Print it out and keep it handy for frequent consultation.