Jessica Damiano Jessica Damiano, Newsday columnist

Jessica Damiano is a master gardener and journalist with more than 25 years experience in radio, television, print and online media. She has worked on Newsday's interactive endeavors since 1994, and currently is Deputy Editor overseeing's Lifestyle and Entertainment coverage. Jessica enjoys toiling in her garden -- a never-finished work in progress -- and helping local gardeners solve their horticultural problems in her Garden Detective column, which appears every Sunday in Newsday. Her Garden Detective column and blog have been awarded Press Club of Long Island Society of Professional Journalists Awards. Jessica lives in Glen Head, NY, with her husband John, daughters Justine and Julia, dogs Maddie and Miguel, and a whole bunch of perennials, vegetable plants and weeds. Ask a question Show More

2016 Perennial Plant of the Year

You heard it here first: The Perennial Plant Association has named Anemone "Honorine Jobert" as Perennial Plant of 2016.

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This year’s honoree is a 3- to 4-foot-tall, woody, white-bloomed perennial that prefers rich, evenly moist but well-drained soil and thrives in full sun to part shade. The plant blooms from August through October and spreads via underground rhizomes, with no serious insect or disease problems. Its carefree habit makes it best suited for cottage and woodland gardens.