Western Mountains and High Plains

June, 2009
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Hosta of the Year

National News

American Hosta Growers Association has selected ‘Earth Angel’ as the Hosta of the Year for 2009. ‘Earth Angel’ is one of the largest variegated hosta varieties available. Hardy in USDA zones 2 to...

New Kitchen Scrap Composter

Composting kitchen scraps is a great way to reduce landfill waste and create organic matter for your garden. But what if you don’t have room, or the desire, to create an outdoor composting system?...

Reduce Dandelions in Lawns with Leaf Mulch

Dandelions are the scourge of many gardeners. Other than using harmful herbicides, the only sure fire way to eliminate them from lawns is to hand weed. However, recent research at Michigan State...

Updated Drip Irrigation Book

Water conservation is a big issue in many communities across the country. One way to water your plants without wasting this precious resource is to use drip irrigation. If drip irrigation seems...

More News »

In the Garden


Living Ground Covers Beneath Large Shade Trees

As our landscapes begin to mature and shade trees and evergreens enlarge their canopy, many of us want to continue to grow a lush green lawn beneath the shade of the trees. This can be an daunting task as the areas beneath trees are not conducive to...
Read more »


Favorite or New Plant

Butterfly Bush The butterfly bush, Buddleia species, will become an all-summer magnet for the butterflies to...

Clever Gardening Technique

Prevent Tomato Diseases To protect the spread of anthracnose on tomato plants, spread several layers of newspaper around...
Read more »

Regional Reminders

  • Plant Trees Carefully
  • Repel Rose Cane Borers
  • Capture Invading Slugs
  • Inspect for Hiding Aphids
  • Set Out Water Plants

Read more »

Syndicate this Report

Our Mission in Action

Shop Our Holiday Catalog