Western Mountains and High Plains

August, 2005
Regional Report

Web Finds

National Audubon Society
Learn how to create a healthy and wildlife-friendly yard. Birdfeeding basics, plants for birds and wildlife, and tips on how to keep wildlife safe are just some of the tidbits you will discover at the National Audubon Society Web site.

Favorite or New Plant

Cardinal Flower
The cardinal flower (Lobelia cardinalis) is one of my favorites for a water feature, at the pond's edge, or in a bog garden. It prefers a rich soil, well amended with compost and peat, and it should be planted outside the pond. The tall stems (2-1/2 to 3 feet) are spectacular in late summer and early fall with their bright red blooms. It is a magnet for hummingbirds during their migration, plus it adds color when much of the garden is starting to wane.

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