Plant Select’s Essential New Gardening Resource

durable-plants1-blogGardeners looking for hardy plants to add to their gardens should check this out.

I was at the Plant Select annual meeting a few years ago when the seed was planted for a new garden book. That seed germinated and now it has bloomed.

“Durable Plants for the Garden: A Plant Select Guide” is a beautiful new resource for gardeners looking to add the hardiest plants to their gardens. It’s an essential addition to every gardener’s library.

The book, edited by James E. Henrich, is a cooperative effort of Plant Select, Colorado State University, Denver Botanic Gardens and the Green Industries of Colorado.

The book includes the first 74 plants introduced to the public by the Plant Select Program. The program’s goal is to introduce and then recommend more adaptable plants to the Rocky Mountain region and beyond and every year 6 or 7 plants are chosen. Some of the plants are overlooked treasures and other are completely new to the trade.

Savvy garden center shoppers know to look for the red and orange sunburst logo on plant markers, identifying the plant as Plant Select. Many of the plants also display the Xeriscape logo, indicating a water-wise selection. Plants are selected based on qualities like ornamental features, fall color, growth habit, cold hardiness, insect and disease resistance and year-round interest.

“Durable Plants for the Garden” includes color photos of each plant, detailed descriptions, how to use it in the landscape and other planting information. A small illustration shows how large the plant will be at maturity. One feature I especially appreciate is the botanical illustration of each plant’s flowers.durable-plants2-blog

I have many Plant Select choices in my landscape and I can vouch for all of them. Some of my favorites include Silver fountain butterfly bush (Buddleja alternifolia Maxim. ‘Argenta’),  Pawnee Buttes sand cherry (Prunus besseyi) and Coronado hyssop (Agastache aurantiaca).

Last year I added a Kintzley’s Ghost honeysuckle (Lonicera prolifera) and I’m looking forward to watching it grow and bloom this year.

Which Plant Select plants are your favorites?


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