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2020 plants of the year


In these cold winter months, you can imagine warmer days as you consider what to plant this spring. To help you decide, National Garden Bureau (NGB) has announced their “Year of the” crops for 2020. Trend-watching Colorado gardeners will be happy to learn that several of the plants can grow well in the state’s unique growing conditions.

Year of the iris
Irises are a beautiful, relatively low-maintenance plant that enjoys sunny Colorado days. It can thrive in the state’s dry, alkaline soil and at higher elevation. There are even natives—Rocky Mountain iris—for those interested in having more native plants in their landscape.
Fun fact: The name iris comes from the Greek word for rainbow, and irises grow in nearly every color of the rainbow except red.

Year of the lavender
This drought-tolerant, fragrant plant produces beautiful flowers and can grow as a shrub. Whether you harvest it for food (be sure to buy food-grade lavender plants for your herbs de Provence or lavender lattes), floral arrangements or aromatherapy, it will add striking color and scent to your landscape.
Fun fact: Some folks recommend lavender oil to soothe anxiety, to help with sleep or as a bug repellant.

Year of the corn
NGB always includes an edible plant among their recommendations. This year they’ve chosen corn, which is a delicious crop worth the effort.
Fun fact: Each ear of corn will have an even number of rows and one strand of silk for each kernel.


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