Perennials in Focus was formed by a group of green industry professionals to evaluate the performance of new or underused perennial plants in the Chicagoland area. The members of this group in partnership with College of DuPage represent all areas of the green industry – growers, educators, landscape designers, landscape architects, landscape contractors, retail garden centers and public gardens.
In a regular three-year cycle, perennial plants are evaluated in various garden and landscape settings across the Chicagoland area. Charted information is analyzed and evaluated based on the actual performance of the perennial plants in the garden. Results will be published as a summary profile called a “Perennial Snapshot”.
- Evaluate new or underused perennial plants for Chicagoland gardens and landscapes.
- Communicate and distribute evaluation results to industry professionals and consumers.
- Encourage the availability and use of top performing perennials from the perennial evaluations.