2014 winners announced!
Each year, new plants are chosen as winning plants from official trials at Colorado State University and Denver Botanic Gardens. This year’s winners include:
Hummingbird trumpet mint (Monardella macrantha ‘Marian Sampson’): Brilliant scarlet-orange trumpets cover this aromatic herb from late spring through summer. Grows 4-6″ tall x 8-12″ wide, in full sun to partial shade. Hardy in USDA zones 5b-9.
Carolyn’s Hope pink penstemon (Penstemon x mexicali ‘Carolyn’s Hope’ PPAF) is a hybrid between Mexican and American wild penstemons. Developed by Brian Core in honor of his wife, a portion of the proceeds from all sales benefit breast cancer research. Grows 14-18″ tall x 12-14″ wide in full sun to partial shade. Hardy in USDA zones 4b-8.
UNDAUNTED® ruby muhly (Muhlenbergia reverchonii ‘PUND01S’): Graceful, gray-green mounds are topped by clouds of tiny ruby flowers that glow brilliantly when backlit in autumn. Brought from the southern Great Plains by Laren & Scott Ogden. Grows 16-20″ tall x 18-24″ wide in moderate to dry conditions in full sun. Hardy in USDA zones 5-10.
WINDWALKER® garnet penstemon (Penstemon x mexicali ‘PWIN02S’): An exciting new hybrid between Mexican and American wild penstemons with rub-red or garnet-colored flowers developed by Kelly Grummons. Grows 14-18″ tall and 12-14″ wide in moderate conditions in full sun to partial shade. Hardy in USDA zones 4b-8.
Smoky Hills Skullcap (Scutellaria resinosa ‘Smoky Hills’): A tough little beauty that comes to us from the short grass prairie of the Smoky Hills of north central Kansas. Covered with bright purple-blue flowers in early summer, it thrives in hot, sunny locations with well-drained soil. Grows 8-10″ tall x 10-14″ wide. Hardy in USDA zones 4-9.
Golden Flowered Prarie Zinnia (Zinnia grandiflora ‘Gold on Blue’): An outstanding selection of native prairie zinnia chosen for its vigor, blue-green foliage and large golden flowers. Excellent for hot, dry sites. Grows 8-10″ tall x 18-30″ wide. Hardy in USDA zones 4-8.
Autumn Amber Sumac (Rhus trilobata ‘Autumn Amber’): A perfect groundcover shrub that can serve as a living mulch and bring life to sunny, wide open spaces. Fall color will vary from yellow to deep amber depending on the season. Grows 10-14″ tall x 6-8′ wide. Hardy in USDA zones 4-8.
Plant Select® Petites winners include:
Dalmation Pink Cranesbill (Geranium dalmaticum): A low-growing diminutive perennial geranium with clear pink flowers in late spring to early summer. Read more here.
Dwarf Beach-Head Iris (Iris hookeri, I. setosa ssp. canadensis): A compact, tidy iris with porcelain-blue flowers in late spring and early summer. Read more here.
Dwarf pinon pine (Pinus edulis selections): Dwarf selections of native pinon pine that grow extremely slow, forming tight mounds over many years. Read more here.