Western Mountains and High Plains

February, 2012
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Say "Aloha" to Echinacea

National News

Can't make it to Hawaii for a vacation this year? You can at least bring a little island color into your garden this year with the new hybrid coneflower 'Aloha'. Bred by Terra Nova Nurseries, this...

Jammin' in the Garden

Deeply colored flowers can add a striking accent to garden beds and container plantings. And there are few that offer a more dramatic hue than Vinca 'Jams 'N Jellies Blackberry', one of the 2012...

Bats in Trouble

In 2006 a previously unknown disease was discovered killing bats in northern New York State. Since then the disease, now called white-nose syndrome for the symptom it causes in infected bats, has...

Thirsty Lawns

Here's a question for you. Which covers a greater acreage in the United States -- lawns or irrigated corn fields? If you guessed lawns, you got it right. According to a study published in the...

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In the Garden

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Perennials On the Cheap

I like flowers that come back year after year and those that are not fussy about their care. Buying them potted, even bare root, can get expensive. There is an alternative -- starting them from seed. There are many perennials that can be started...
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Resources

Favorite or New Plant

Orange Globe Mallow Iridescent orange flowers and fuzzy leaves are a welcome combination on a hot day. Orange globe...

Clever Gardening Technique

Make Ornamental Grass Cleanup Easier Big clumps of ornamental grasses can be a pain to cut back. To simplify the project, bundle up...
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Regional Reminders

  • Get Seed-Starting Supplies Ready
  • Check Tree Trunks
  • Prune Apple Trees
  • Keep Valentine Forced Flowers
  • Check South Sides

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