Plant Selectâ  

     Begun in 1997, the Plant Select program seeks to identify and promote plants that are highly suited to gardens located in the high plains and the mountains of Colorado.  Each year plants are tested and evaluated to see if they measure up to the standards of Plant Select.  Colorado State University, Denver Botanic Gardens, and members of the green industry (greenhouses, landscape companies and nurseries) work cooperatively on this program.  Water-wise, garden smart plants that have proven they are uniquely adapted to the Rocky Mountain region are introduced annually and sold with the Plant Select label, often in special displays at garden centers. 

For information on the Plant Select selections please see You will find information on hardiness, moisture requirements, preferred sun and soil conditions and photos of these plants.

The Plant Select Petites program, featuring plants of smaller stature, debuted in 2013.  This program also promotes innovative ways to utilize these plants, such as in troughs, rock gardens, patio gardens, fairy gardens, containers, and hellstrips.  For photos, detailed descriptions of the plants, and tips on incorporating them in the garden visit

     You may also contact: 
     Pat Hayward, Executive Director
     Plant Select
     c/o Colorado State University
     1173 Campus Delivery
     Fort Collins, CO 80523
     Phone: 970-481-3429
     Fax: 970-491-7745