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Planning for planting time
Alicia Boor
Alicia Boor

At this time of year many gardeners are looking forward to nicer days ahead spent outside tending their plants. Many use this time to plan what plants they are going to buy and to research what varieties preformed the best last year. Every year, K-State Research and Extension compiles all of its horticulture research results on its website for easy access.

If you have had trouble finding a listing of plants recommended for Kansas, visit our web page devoted to this topic. We have links to a wide variety of plants including annual flowers, perennial flowers (including breakouts for iris and daylilies), fruit, vegetables, turfgrass, low-maintenance roses and tree recommendations that are broken out by areas of the state. We also list recommended low water use plants. You can find this page at We also have images of hundreds of the following: - Varieties of iris, daylilies, roses and peonies found in the University Gardens Collection Gardens at Annual flowers recommended for Kansas at Perennial flowers at

If you find something that you would like more information on, you can always call the Extension office, 620-793-1910, or come by the office at 1800 12th St. in Great Bend and we will be happy to help you. Through K-State and your local office, we can help you have a beautiful and productive garden this year using research and knowledge to give you a head start. 

Alicia Boor is the Agriculture and Natural Resources agent with K-State Research and Extension – Cottonwood District. Contact her by email at or call 620-793-1910.