Popular in the Southeast: Peony
Deborah Harrison of Habersham Gardens (habershamgardens.com) in Atlanta says the peony is this year's dark horse favorite. "For sheer luxury, it is the most beautiful plant on the planet and people are willing to baby it to keep it happy."
Sunflowers are colorful giants and are one of the first flowers many children will recognize. A sunflower-growing competition appeals to any age of gardener.