Best Perennials for the Rocky Mountains and High Plains

by Celia Tannehill and James E. Klett

Paperback Price $21.95

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Published by Colorado State University's Cooperative Extension

"This book is an extraordinary resource of practical knowledge for any style of gardener or hobbyist. It illustrates the long-term values of growing perennials in the Rocky Mountains and High Plains of Colorado in all the vagaries of our climate. The charts of blossom periods and plant lists are wonderful keys to the choice of suitable perennials and its user-friendliness will find this book out in the garden more than on a bookshelf."
—Andrew Pierce, Gardens Director, Hudson Gardens and Event Center, Littleton, CO


Planning a successful perennial garden in Colorado, the Rocky Mountains and High Plains comes with its share of soil and climate challenges. Best Perennials for the Rocky Mountain High Plains is a comprehensive guide to the best performing perennials based on performance results from Colorado State University's W.D. Holley Plant Environmental Research Center (PERC).

The 322 plants described in this publication were rated according to landscape use, height, width, foliage color and fall effect, winter injury, ornamental fruit, disease and insect problems. These top-performing perennials are ideal for xeriscapes, rock gardens, wildflower gardens, and the traditional perennial border. Plants that attract bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds are also featured.

This book is a necessary tool for the horticulture industry, landscape architects and designers, park personnel, the home gardener, and horticulturists in the Rocky Mountain-High Plains region.


Celia Tannehill holds a master's degree in horticulture and landscape architecture from Colorado State University. 

James E. Klett is a professor of horticulture and landscape architecture at Colorado State University.

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  • Paperback Price: $21.95
  • Paperback ISBN: 978-1-889143-09-5
  • Publication Year: 2003
  • Pages: 128 pages
  • Illustrations: 165 color photographs, 5 bloom charts
  • Discount Type: Trade
  • Author: by Celia Tannehill and James E. Klett
  • ECommerce Code: 978-1-889143-09-5

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