Western Mountains and High Plains

January, 2005
Regional Report

Favorite or New Plant

Lady's Mantle
Try lady's mantle (Alchemilla mollis) in your garden this year. It produces mounds of attractive, felted, scalloped, light green leaves that blend nicely with a wide variety of colorful perennials. In the early morning when dew collects on the leaves, the water beads up like quicksilver and twinkles in the sunlight. The clusters of yellowish chartreuse flowers are a wonderful addition in late spring and early summer.

Grow lady's mantle in full sun to partial shade in well-drained soils. It's hardy to zone 4.

Clever Gardening Technique

Keep Drainpipes From Clogging
To keep your gutters or drainpipes free of clogging debris, wedge a plastic scouring pad or a ball of nylon netting into the opening of the drainpipe. This serves as a filter and will keep out falling leaves and pine needles, and other debris. This is especially helpful if you collect from the drainpipe in a rain barrel.

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