Western Mountains and High Plains

June, 2007
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Stunning Black and White Calla Lilies

National News

Calla lilies ( Zantedeschia ) are valued for their speckled leaves and unusual, cup-shaped flowers that come in a variety of colors. Two new varieties -- one with black flowers and one with white...

Best Birches for the South

White-bark birches, such as paper birch ( Betula papyrifera ) and European white birch ( B. pendula ), are popular landscape plants in the North, but not widely grown in the South. Southern...

Americans Not Eating Their Fruits and Veggies

Many Americans are familiar with the "5 A Day" program that encourages people to eat more whole fruits and vegetables. Although the U.S. government, food advocacy groups, and public health...

Keeping Ants Out of Hummingbird Feeders

Feeding hummingbirds is a popular pastime for many gardeners, who hang hummingbird feeders containing sugar water outdoors close to their windows for easy viewing. One of the drawbacks of...

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In the Garden

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Get Creative With Container Gardening

If you're short on gardening time like me but you still want to have living color on your patio or deck, growing in containers is a great solution. Containers full of annuals will spruce up unattractive areas and make an entrance more inviting....
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Resources

Books

Container Gardening Container Gardening for Dummies , by Bill Marken and the Editors of National Gardening...

Favorite or New Plant

Bluestem Joint Fir Bluestem joint fir ( Ephedra equisetina ) is a small shrub (4 to 5 feet) that's one of my...
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Regional Reminders

  • Prune Lilacs
  • Feed Tomatoes
  • Yank Out Weeds
  • Apply Compost Around Perennials
  • Install Drip Irrigation or Soaker Hoses

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