Plant Select: An Excellent Resource for All Gardeners

May 15, 2012

Many people who live in hot, dry climates have a tough time growing things in the garden. They think it’s because they don’t have a green thumb. They think it’s because they neglect their pants or that there is some gardening secret that eludes them.

This is usually not the case. Most of the time they are planting the wrong plants.

Plant Select® is administered cooperatively by The Denver Botanic Gardens and Colorado State University along with horticulturists and nurseries to identify plants that are adapted to the particular climate of the Intermountain and Rocky Mountain Range.

The web site provides a wealth of information from insightful articles about plants to a searchable plant database, examples of actual gardens and downloadable garden designs for you to use in your own garden.

There is an abundance of information on the site even for the gardener who is not  in the Intermountain or Rocky Mountain region. You can sort through the database for plants using all kinds of criteria.

And don’t think this site is only useful to those living in dry, hot areas. We are all trying to use less water to irrigate our landscapes which makes this site particularly useful as it focuses mainly on plants that can survive on little water.

It truly is a worthwhile resource.

3 Responses to “Plant Select: An Excellent Resource for All Gardeners”

  1. Shannon Says:

    We lost a lot of plants, first with Hurricane Ike, followed by a freak freeze, followed by ANOTHER freak freeze, followed by drought. FFWD four years, I’m slowly replanting my beds, but with only drought-and-freeze tolerant — as well as bee and butterfly-attracting — varieties. It’s slow-going, but I’m learning much about native plants! Thanks for the link.


    • Nicole Brait Says:

      That is so sad. My heart goes out to you.

      The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center is another good place to look for plants that fit your region. They have a very comprehensive database of plants for every region. Good luck!


      • Shannon Says:

        We went there at the end of last summer. I plan on going back this year, hopefully without kids who tend to rush through it rather than enjoy it.


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