The dedication of the new Darlene Radichel Plant Select Garden was part of yesterday’s Celebration of Collaborations hosted by Plant Select and the Denver Botanic Gardens.
Plant Select members, propagators and green industry representatives met at the Denver Botanic Gardens to recognize the program responsible for “bringing the industry and its customers the best plants for western gardens.”
An important part of the event was the dedication of DBG’s new Plant Select garden. I had the chance to see the garden in June after it was first planted (shown in the image above) and I couldn’t believe how a few short summer months had transformed it.
I’m a big supporter of the Plant Select program and enjoy sharing information about how these plants do in my own xeriscape with other Western gardening enthusiasts.
The Plant Select palette now includes over 100 plants, from trees to annuals, and there will be even more introductions for 2011, according to Pat Hayward, executive director.
Here are a few before and after shots taken at the Darlene Radichel Plant Select Garden to use as inspiration for your own sustainable landscape next year:
This view shows how quickly the garden filled in from June to September. Several varieties of Agastache were in full bloom last night and attracting hummingbirds like crazy. The four Agastache varieties available from Plant Select include Agastache aurantiaca (Coronado Hyssop), Agastache ‘Pstessene’ (Coronado Red Hyssop), Agastache cana ‘Sinning’ (Sonoran Sunset Hyssop), and Agastache rupestris (Sunset Hyssop).
The tree in the foreground of this winding garden bed is a Prunus nigra ‘Princess Kay’ plum. Your garden could also look this beautiful after only 3 months, if you start planning for it now and planting in May.