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Delosperma RED MOUNTAIN® Flame ice plant

Plant Select® and Denver Botanic Gardens

May 24, 2019 | Panayoti Kelaidis
For most of the 22 years of Plant Select’s existence, nursery operators and staff from both Denver Botanic Gardens and Colorado State University have hosted an annual meeting to report on and celebrate achievements of this program. The initial impetus was to provide a forum for Colorado’s many...Learn more
'Blonde Ambition'

The grass is greener...at Chatfield!

September 24, 2014 | Panayoti Kelaidis
Bouteloua gracilis 'Blonde Ambition' on left I'm talking about the OTHER kind of grass, incidentally. The orange Agastache on the upper right of this picture is also a Plant Select choice: Agastache aurantiaca --a spectacular species one does not see nearly enough. Both of these, and many more...Learn more

Some Plants for All Seasons

January 15, 2014 | John Murgel
Spells of fairly warm winter weather are a hallmark of Colorado’s Front Range, providing us lucky residents a great chance to spend some time outdoors when our more easterly neighbors remain oppressed by grey cold. Conifers are great for some winter greenery both in the wild and in gardens, but don...Learn more
Plant Select: Towards a viable landscape future

Plant Select: Towards a viable landscape future

January 3, 2013 | Panayoti Kelaidis
Although quite widely distributed in the foothills of the Southern Rockies, I have only stumbled on Scott's clematis a few times, so I suspect it is not exactly abundant. It has been produced abundantly by Plant Select propagators this past year and you should be able to find it in local garden...Learn more
Forget-us-not! (Plant Select is true and blue)...

Forget-us-not! (Plant Select is true and blue)...

January 12, 2012 | Panayoti Kelaidis
Here you can see the plants make stalwart clumps up to a foot across of attractive, dark green foliage. The spikes of flowers can rise up to 18" tall (or occasionally a tad more), with constant sprays of deep blue, white eyed flowers from late spring through the summer months (if you remember to...Learn more
Durango takes a giant stride towards a botanical garden!

Durango takes a giant stride towards a botanical garden!

October 25, 2011 | Panayoti Kelaidis
Salvia greggii and Salvia darcyi in new garden The first plants were planted earlier this summer and they are looking GOOD, I must say. They are, of course, Plant Select choices (as are many of the first plants installed thus far), but there is far more to this garden than just these! I am very...Learn more
Tulips in August (gentians that is...)

Tulips in August (gentians that is...)

August 10, 2011 | Panayoti Kelaidis
I first discovered a vast colony of tulip gentians that seemed to be secure: they are growing on land that had been already mined for gravel. Twenty or more years ago when I first found them there were thousands in all colors of the lavender spectrum from pure white to deep violet purple. Last week...Learn more
Neither scruffy nor scrophulous: Scrophularia macrantha

Neither scruffy nor scrophulous: Scrophularia macrantha

August 3, 2011 | Panayoti Kelaidis
The amazing horticulturists of the city of Lakewood have planted this "rare" plant throughout the hell strips of the city, as well as in many of the parks and especially in the extraordinary displays at Kendrick Lake and around the Lakewood Municipal buildings. The picture above was taken on...Learn more
A west Metro botanic garden: Kendrick Lake

A west Metro botanic garden: Kendrick Lake

October 7, 2010 | Panayoti Kelaidis
Salvia darcyi and other colorful treasures There are actually several fine clumps of Salvia darcyi at Kendrick Lake, this one combined with wonderful, bright complementary plantings that exemplify this amazing garden. I will be watching to see how it comes through the winter here. Pennisetum...Learn more
The new Darlene Radichel Plant Select Garden

The new Darlene Radichel Plant Select Garden

March 16, 2010 | Sonya Anderson
I have always considered myself very fortunate to be part of the Gardens' horticulture team, but right now, as part of the team creating the new Darlene Radichel Plant Select Garden, I feel it even more so. This new garden, located on the former site of the Monet Garden, will showcase the many...Learn more