Western Mountains and High Plains
Elegant Silvers; Striking Plants For Every Garden, by Jo Ann Gardner and Karen Bussolini (Timber Press, Inc., 2005; $34.95), is a gem of a book that will help you add striking plants to your landscape. You will discover a wide variety of plants in the silver spectrum, from silver-white to gleaming bluish tones. Learn which plants grow best in shade and damp conditions, and which are more adapted to drier conditions and sunnier sites.
Favorite or New Plant
Pansy and Viola
Pansies and violas with cheerful faces are a favorite with children and adults, alike. Encourage kids to plant a 12-pack or more. One of my personal favorites is Viola tricolor Johnny-jump-up, which grows 10 to 12 inches high and is always a welcome sight in the garden. Its tricolored flowers are purple, yellow, and white. There are various cultivars of Viola tricolor available, such as 'Bowles Black', with blooms of near black and a tiny yellow eye in the center.