Western Mountains and High Plains

July, 2007
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

New, Red Japanese Painted Fern

National News

Ferns are popular shade garden plants that add texture and interest to areas where many plants won’t thrive. While the dominant color of ferns is green, the Japanese painted fern adds a silvery...

Simple, Safe Wasp Deterrent

Wasps and yellow jackets have a habit of ruining outdoor picnics and gatherings. They often build nests close to houses or in our yards and can become a nuisance when we try to use our outdoor...

Rose Hips May Ease Rheumatoid Arthritis

Roses have been known for years to be not only beautiful but edible and medicinal as well. The rose hip, in particular, can be used in applesauce, soup, stew, marmalade, bread, pie, jam, and...

Native Ground Cover for Deep Shade

Ferns and hostas may make a big impact in shady areas, but don't overlook the beauty of smaller ground covers, especially when they burst into bloom like Meehan's mint. This native, creeping mint...

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In the Garden

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Invading Annual Grasses

As the summer sizzles in record-breaking heat, conditions are ideal for annual grasses to invade both new and old lawns. These annual invaders grow in one season, produce seed, and die with the first hard frost. They are not persistent perennials, so...
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Resources

Books

Rocky Mountain Wildflowers Summer is a wonderful time to escape to the mountains and take a hike, and it's even more fun if...

Favorite or New Plant

Sweet Potato Vine The ornamental sweet potato vines are among the fastest growing and most colorful plants to use...
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Regional Reminders

  • Hose Off Aphids
  • Transplant Bearded Iris
  • Check Traps for Insect Pests
  • Water Lawns Deeply
  • Pinch Off Old Flower Blooms

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