Print Back to top

Looking for water-wise plants? Look for Plant Select

Nonprofit touts nearly 200 plants that thrive in ColoradoScapes.

When picking water-wise plants for your vibrant, diverse ColoradoScape, look for perennials, shrubs and trees with the Plant Select label.

Plant Select is a nonprofit collaboration of Denver Botanic Gardens, Colorado State University and professional horticulturists.

Learn more about ColoradoScaping at

This unique organization finds, tests and distributes plants that are designed to thrive in Colorado’s dry, semi-arid climate, so gardeners of all skill levels can grow beautiful landscapes using fewer resources.

Found: Five water-wise favorites from Plant Select for your ColoradoScape. 

Check out this video with Denver Water’s Bea Stratton and Plant Select Executive Director Ross Shrigley to learn about this nonprofit organization and what makes a plant water-wise: 

Along with being water-wise, Plant Select plants are considered for the following characteristics:

  • Long-lasting beauty.
  • Tough and resilient in challenging climates.
  • Ability to thrive in a broad range of conditions.
  • Uniqueness.
  • Resistant disease and insects.
  • Being habitat-friendly.
  • Noninvasive.

Find a list of local, independent retailers that sell Plant Select plants at

Look for the Plant Select logo: 


Shrigley also spoke at a Denver Water landscape transformation workshop

You can watch his presentation here: