Stimulate your landscape–part 1

The Red Yucca (Hesperaloe parviflora) will be a Plant Select recommendation for 2010.

red-yucca-blogPlant Select’s annual meeting yesterday at Denver Botanic Gardens was a chance to learn about what’s new with the program, tour the gorgeous gardens, see old friends, make a few new ones and talk about plants, plants and more plants. What a great way to spend a day.

Over 160 plant people packed the room to hear about Plant Select’s accomplishments and learn what’s in store for the future. In 2008 2 million Plant Select plants were sold, the most since the program’s beginnings. Another exciting development is that the program is going nationwide and worldwide with some testing beginning in Europe.

Plant Select is one of the premier plant introduction and recommendation programs in the country,” said Dr. Jim Klett, president of the board of directors and CSU professor.

Mike Bone, propagator at Denver Botanic Gardens, told the group about the releases scheduled for next year including Snow Mesa Buckwheat (Eriogonum wrightii var. wrightii), Partridge Feather (Tanacetum densum ssp. amani), Red Yucca (Hesperaloe parviflora), Redleaf Rose (Rosa glauca, R. rubrifolia), Prairie Lode Sundrops (Calylophus serrulatus ‘Prairie Lode’) and Regal Torchlily (Kniphofia caulescens).

All of these will be wonderful additions to any xeriscape in the region. I feel really lucky to already have some of these plants to test in my landscape this season so I can report back next year when they become available in nurseries and garden centers.

I’m especially interested in seeing how the Redleaf Rose does in my landscape. The one growing at the DBG  is spectacular with its dark purple foliage and pink-to-white blossoms.

Awards were given to five “showcase gardens.” If you need to find some inspiration for how to use Plant Select in your landscape, these provide exceptional artistic design using a diverse plant palette for xeriscaping:

The day wouldn’t be complete without some interesting speakers who presented programs on building support for Plant Select in the communities that have demonstration gardens, an introduction to yuccas and other accent plants for our region and how to design for public gardens.

I’ll be sharing information on these programs early next week. I hope you’ll drop by.


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You Rock!!! Every week you have SUCH great posts. They are entertaining and jam-packed full of great content. Love the pics too. Great job!

Thanks, Amber. I’m so glad to hear you find this information useful. If you have any suggestions for topics–or gardening questions–please let me know.


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