Western Mountains and High Plains

August, 2009
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Butterfly-Attracting, Disease-Resistant Phlox

National News

Midsummer is tall phlox ( Phlox paniculata and P. maculata ) season in the perennial garden. Phlox is known for its beautiful flowers this time of year, but powdery mildew often ruins the show....

Save the Ash Tree

There is a growing concern about native ash trees across the country. The emerald ash borer (EAB) insect has set up home in communities in the Midwest, Mid-Atlantic, Northeast, and Eastern Canada...

Elderberry Pruning Trials

Elderberry bushes are gaining in popularity. This native shrub is easy to grow and is adapted to a wide range of climatic conditions, including wet areas. It features attractive white flowers and...

National Community Gardening Week

Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack has named August 23-29, 2009, National Community Gardening Week. As an ongoing commitment to encourage community gardening, the USDA is installing “People’s...

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In the Garden


The Power of a Tiny Seed: Self-Sowing Annual Flowers

Like splashes of watercolors on the landscape palate, some flowers re-seed themselves to paint our gardens with tantalizing colors while adding textures that are often unexpected in the summer garden. I've marveled at the power of these self-sowing...
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Favorite or New Plant

Blue Flax Hardy throughout the region and tolerant of the dry prairies, blue flax ( Linum perenne ) is a...

Clever Gardening Technique

Epsom Salts for Roses Do your roses have tired roots? Are your plants lacking in vigor and blooms? Sprinkle a couple...
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Regional Reminders

  • Leaking Poplar Trees Not Uncommon
  • Pincher Bugs on the Move
  • Get Grasshoppers While Theye Still Small
  • Lawns Need TLC During Hot Weather
  • Keep Tomato Diseases and Pests at Bay

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