Two new 2018 Plant Select varieties

Scutellaria scordiifolia ‘Pat Hayward’ (Sky’s Edge scutellaria) – photo: Plant Select, Keith Williamson

Scutellaria scordiifolia ‘Pat Hayward’ (Sky’s Edge scutellaria) – photo: Plant Select, Keith Williamson

New plants are introduced to the Plant Select program each year. Plants are selected through trialing and testing at Denver Botanic Gardens, Colorado State University, and public and private gardens. One of the two winners for 2018 is Sky’s Edge™ scutellaria (Scutellaria scordiifolia ‘Pat Hayward’), a selection chosen for its intense violet-blue flower color, hardiness, long period of bloom and season-long glossy green foliage. “Sky’s Edge is especially nice when used near garden edges in rock gardens or even as a container plant. It’s easy to grow and very long-lived, adding beauty and habitat friendly features to a wide variety of gardens”, states Plant Select.
Delosperma Granita - photo: Plant Select

Delosperma Granita – photo: Plant Select

The second 2018 Plant Select winner is Delosperma Granita (Raspberry ice plant ), described as a vigorous and floriferous plant with large, striking, iridescent raspberry flowers that are densely packed. “A beautiful and unique new ice plant discovered by John Stireman among his planting of Fire Spinner. It creates a beautiful, shiny, dark pink carpet at the front of a border or woven throughout a bed underpinning taller perennials and shrubs.”

Plant Select is a US-based nonprofit collaboration of Colorado State University, Denver Botanic Gardens and professional horticulturists. Its mission is to seek out and distribute the very best plants for landscapes and gardens from the intermountain region to the high plains and beyond.