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Gardeners in the Rocky Mountain region are limited in their selection of durable plants for the garden by the environmental challenges of soils and climate. In a joint effort to promote the use of hardier plantings with better habit, insect- and disease-resistance, as well as flower color, the staff of the Denver Botanic Garden and Colorado State University, with the cooperation of members of the green industry, have joined forces to collect, grow, and promote tough plants that fulfill their mission in the cooperative Plant Select program. The text chapters cover the following categories: woody plants (trees, shrubs, and woody vines); perennials and perennial groundcovers; and annuals. Photographed in the landscape and close up, each plant is described as follows: the native range of a species, its use in the landscape, its form, characteristics, culture, best features, and undesirable aspects. Line drawings showing plant habit accompany each description. Supplemental materials include helpful information in plant characteristic tables, bibliography, a listing of resources, and a glossary.
— Marilyn K. Alaimo, garden writer and volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden