Western Mountains and High Plains

September, 2005
Regional Report

Favorite or New Plant

Apache Plume
The Apache plume (Fallugia paradoxa) grows as an arching, lacy shrub with finely dissected leaves. It is a fine choice for water-thrifty landscapes as it is drought-enduring and can be planted in dry, sunny locations. Single, white, rose-like flowers appear during early summer and continue through late summer. As the flowers mature, feathery, silver-pink seed heads develop. These seed plumes are quite decorative on the shrub, particularly when they are backlit by sunlight. They also add fall and winter interest to the garden.

Clever Gardening Technique

Clear a Path With Cardboard
Recycle cardboard boxes by cutting them up into sections to lay within vegetable garden rows or pathways. Once the row or path is covered, wet down the cardboard and spread a layer of compost or mulch on top. This will keep down the weeds and prevent mud from splashing on ripening fruits and vegetables. Later in the autumn, rototill cardboard and mulch into the soil as a soil amendment.

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