Plant Select®, a program designated to seek out and distribute the very best plants for gardens in the high plains to the intermountain region, has tracked its top five sellers from 2009. They include:
Penstemon x mexicali – Red Rocks® Penstemon and Penstemon x mexicali Pikes Peak Purple® Penstemon
These are both durable hybrid penstemons selected from crosses between Mexican and American wild penstemons made by Bruce Meyers. Narrow, dark green leaves grow on attractive mounded plants. Red Rocks® sports a constant succession of bright rose flowers all summer, while Pikes Peak Purple® chimes in with violet purples. Both thrive in a range of sites and soils.
Delosperma ‘Kelaidis’PP13,876 Mesa Verde® Ice Plant
This iridescent, salmon-pink flowered sport appeared among plants of a dwarf, alpine form of Delosperma cooperi at Denver Botanic gardens. It is vigorous, compact and floriferous.
Delosperma floribundum Starburst Ice Plant
This clumping ice plant produces a dome of bright pink flowers with eye-catching white centers. It starts blooming in June and continues until fall. It is an essential small scale ground cover or edging plant for any garden.
Gazania linearis Colorado Gold® Gazania
This plant has glossy mounds of deep green, strap-shaped leaves spangled with three-inch shiny yellow flowers throughout the growing season. This selection is cold hardy and does well under ordinary garden treatment, or in unamended, dry soils as well once established.
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