Western Mountains and High Plains
Favorite or New Plant
If there ever was a shrub for all seasons, it's the oakleaf hydrangea. 'Snow Queen' is a cultivar that has dense, white flowers in summer that fade to pink or purple as they mature. Another outstanding characteristic is the fall color. Mixes of reds, orange-red, orange-brown, and purple hues add accent to the fall landscape. Winter stems exfoliate to reveal a darker, reddish brown color.
Like its relatives, oakleaf hydrangea prefers part sun to partial shade and moist, well-drained soils enriched with compost or other organic matter.
Clever Gardening Technique
Foiling Cats in the Garden
Got cats digging in your flower beds? One way to repel them is to bury several soda or beer bottles up to their necks in the ground where the plants are growing. Fill the bottles with a couple of spoonfuls of a foul-smelling material, such household cleaning ammonia, or funnel in some moth crystals. It seems to make the cats steer clear of the area.