The goal of the GreatPlants program is to bring superior ornamental landscape plants into gardens to meet the challenging growing conditions of the Great Plains. For more information about the plants or the program contact Bob Henrickson at (402) 472-7855 or

2017 GreatPlants

GreatPlants Gardener publication for 2017

Tree of the Year. Shumard oak, Quercus shumardii

Evergreen of the Year. White spruce, Picea glauca

Shrub of the Year. Pawnee Buttes western sandcherry, Prunus besseyi

Perennial of the Year. Meadow blazing star, Liatris ligulistylis

Grass of the Year. Big bluestem, Andropogon gerardii