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Garden inspiration from Colorado State University
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  • January 4, 2019

If you’re yearning for spring color, take a break from the cold and find inspiration from the CSU flower trial gardens. Two winning plants from the flower trials have been named plants of the year by the National Garden Bureau.

2019 is the Year of Salvia nemorosa, a pollinator-friendly garden plant. Colorado State University named a salvia “Best of Show” in its 2018 flower trials. Salvia ‘Big Blue’ from PanAmerican Seed, pictured above right, is “a later bloomer that is worth the wait.” It has large flower spikes that are showstoppers in the garden and look beautiful as a cut flower in your vase. It’s drought tolerant and attracts bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds.

It is also the Year of the Dahlia. Those looking for a big burst of color should consider ‘Temptation Orange’ from Dümmen Orange, pictured above left, which topped the dahlia category in the CSU trials. Its intense dark leaves make the color of the clear orange flowers really pop out, and the flower color doesn’t fade in full sun.

See all of CSU’s “best of” flowers at the flower trial garden website and start planning for spring!

 

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