Western Mountains and High Plains

January, 2008
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

New Lime Green Sunflower

National News

Sunflowers are the quintessential summer flower. Over the past 20 years great strides have been made in breeding sunflowers to create shorter, multi-branching plants and more colorful flower...

Easier Way to Start Seeds

Trying to handle tiny seeds, such as carrot, pansy, and lettuce, and drop the right number into a cell pack can be tricky. With inexpensive seeds, there's no worry about using more than you need,...

Peppermint-Striped Hydrangea

The Forever & Ever line of big-leaf hydrangeas ( Hydrangea macrophylla ) features compact, mounding, 2- to 3-foot-tall shrubs that bloom on both old and new wood. The shrubs grow best in USDA...

Get to the Root of the Matter

Any gardener knows that plant roots are critical to growth, flowering, and fruiting. Strong roots enable plants to withstand pest attacks, adverse weather, and poor gardening practices. For the...

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In the Garden


Planning a Rocky Mountain Orchard

Growing fruit in the semi-arid to arid climates of the Rocky Mountains and High Plains can be a rewarding experience and also a challenge. It depends on how you approach the situation to turn a challenge into a pleasurable opportunity. Rainfall or the...
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Favorite or New Plant

Winecups As you plan your water-wise garden this year, consider one of my favorite ground covers. Winecups...

Web Finds

Apple Journal How do you know if you are getting the right apple variety for your needs? Which varieties are...
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Regional Reminders

  • Check Potted Bulbs
  • Recycle Christmas Greens
  • Cutting Back Perennials
  • Sow Pansy Seeds
  • Mulch Newly Planted Trees

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