Western Mountains and High Plains

May, 2005
Regional Report

Favorite or New Plant

Russian Sage
Looking for one of the most adaptable perennials for the landscape? It's Russian sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia), a tall perennial that can accent the garden. It is a striking plant to add to flower beds, in island gardens, among shrub borders, and combined with ornamental grasses. Plant in full sun in well-drained soil. Water sparingly to keep the plant from becoming floppy.

Books

The Natural Lawn & Alternatives
Here's a handy little paperback that can help you grow a more natural lawn that requires less upkeep. The Natural Lawn and Alternatives (Brooklyn Botanic Garden, 1993) has turf tips, grass zones of the United States, steps to a pesticide-free lawn, a lazy gardener's guide to fertilizing, and much more. It's out of print but used copies are available on the Web.

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