Western Mountains and High Plains

October, 2005
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Five Steps to Bulb Planting Success

National News

The best time to plant spring bulbs depends on where you live. Ideally, wait until the soil temperature is below 60°F. As a general guide, plant in September through early October if you live in...

Fall Cleanup Q and A

Cutting Back Perennials Question: After the first frost, should I cut back the flower stalks on my perennials? Or is it best to leave them as is and cut them back in the spring?...

Shrub Dogwood Trials

Shrub forms of dogwood (Cornus) make excellent landscape plants and are widely used by landscapers around the country. They are known for their green or variegated foliage, attractive flowers and...

New Variegated Hedge Plant

If you’re looking for a tough shrub to plant this fall that provides beauty, versatility, and low maintenance, consider the variegated beauty briar ( Eleutherococcus sieboldianus ‘variegatus’)....

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In the Garden


The Magic of Autumn Colors

The golden leaves of autumn that blanket the Rocky Mountains and the brilliant foliage of our landscape plants are wonders of nature. We often take it for granted that this colorful foliage -- its spring and summer work finished -- has reached old age...
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Favorite or New Plant

Burning Bush For some intense red fall foliage in a shrub, plant the burning bush ( Euonymus alatus ). There...

Clever Gardening Technique

Getting the Skunk Smell Out Have you ever been sprayed by skunk perfume? How do you get rid of the odor on clothing or on the...
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Regional Reminders

  • Prepare Garden Soil for Winter
  • Force Bulbs for Indoor Flowers
  • Recycle Harvest Wastes in the Compost Pile
  • Preserve Fall Foliage
  • Give the Water Garden Daily Care

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