2016 winners announced!
Each year, new plants are chosen as winning plants from the official trials at Colorado State University and Denver Botanic Gardens. This year’s winners include:
Alan’s Apricot ice plant (Delosperma ‘Alan’s Apricot’PPAF) This superior form of ice plant has larger (2”) showy blooms covering the foliage nearly all summer long. Flower color changes seasonally from a true orangey-apricot to soft orangey-pink and then back again. The hardiest and longest-blooming of all of our ice plant selections! Grows 1-2” tall x 12-18” wide in full sun to part shade. Hardy in USDA Zones 4-9. Click here for more info.
RED MOUNTAIN® Flame ice plant (Delosperma ‘PWWG02S’). A truly stunning new hybrid selection of South African ice plant that is tough, vigorous and cold-hardy with large, blazing orange-red flowers in late spring and early summer. Grows 1–2” tall x 12-24” wide in full sun to part shade. Hardy in USDA Zones 4-9. For more information on this beauty, click here .
Autumn Sapphire™ sage (Salvia reptans ‘P016S’) Glossy green, willowy leaves all season long are topped with clouds of small, sapphire-blue flowers through autumn. Pollinator-friendly, this late-blooming native provides a rich nectar source when many other flowers have faded. Grows 18-24” tall by 18-24” wide in full sun. Hardy in USDA Zones 5-10. Read more here.
RECOMMENDED (from our 2-year perennial and 3-year shrub trials)
Standing Ovation little bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium ‘Standing Ovation’PP25,202) This new grass from North Creek Nurseries deserves a big round of applause. A warm season grass that does well in poor, dry soils, this selection keeps a tight habit throughout the entire growing season. Spikey bluish-green leaves transition to a brilliant display of shades of red changing to deep purple in the autumn. Grows 2-3 tall x 12-18” wide in full sun. Hardy in USDA Zones 3-8. Read more here.
Mini Man™ dwarf Manchurian viburnum (Viburnum burejaeticum ‘P017S’) A charming, easy-to-grow shrub, Mini Man™ has all of the same great features of the species in a compact form: medium green felty leaves in summer, clusters of white flowers in spring, persistent red to blue-black fruit and red fall color. Grows 4-6’ tall x 4-6’ wide in full sun to part shade. Hardy in USDA Zones 4-9. Click here for more info.
Dog tuff™ grass (Cynodon ‘PWIN04S’) is a fabulous xeric alternative lawn grass for high traffic areas, and is named for its exceptional durability in yards with dogs. A sterile hybrid African form that spreads via runners, this grass is similar to American buffalo grass but more resilient to wear and tear. Grows 2- ½”–4” tall x 2’+ wide in full sun. Hardy in USDA Zones 5-10. Click here and learn everything there is to know about Dog tuff. Amaze your friends!
Plant Select® Petites winners include:
Yellow stardust draba (Draba rigida) To appreciate this treasure with its tiny green leaves and bright yellow flowers locate yellow stardust draba in an easily observable site – close to the edge of a rock or in a container garden. Its slow growth will reward you with tight green cushions and bright yellow starry flowers in the spring. Grows 2-3” tall x 6-10” wide in full sun to part shade. Hardy in USDA Zones 4-8. Read more about this little gem here.
Blue Jazz pinyon pine (Pinus monophylla ‘Blue Jazz’) is the most ornamental of all the dwarf pinyon pines. A dwarf globe shape, true blue needle color, and xeric nature make this conifer a real winner for water-wise gardens. Grows 1-3” per year in full sun to part shade. Hardy in USDA Zones 4-7. Click here to find out more about this jazzy little number.
Moroccan pincushion flower (Pterocephalus depressus) This high-altitude native of the Moroccan Atlas Mountains possesses many ornamental characteristics: low mat-like growth with textured evergreen greyish leaves, short-stemmed pincushion-like dusty-rose-colored flowers, and attractive silvery seed heads. It is truly a four season stunner. Grows 3″ x 12″ wide in full sun to very partial shade. Hardy in USDA Zones 4-8. Click here for more info.