Western Mountains and High Plains
Favorite or New Plant
Fountain grass (Pennisetum alopecuroides) looks like a sparkling fountain when backlit by the sun in the early morning or late evening. The glossy, narrow leaves and pinkish foxtail flowers create an attractive, loose, cascade effect. There are dwarf cultivars, such as 'Hameln', 'Little Bunny', and 'Moudry', that work well in limited spaces. Plant in full sun for the best growth and flower development. Winter mulching is recommended to help ensure winter hardiness in zones 3 and 4.
Clever Gardening Technique
Make "Fruit Drop" Cleanup Easier
Spread a canvas tarp under mature fruit trees that annually drop small, immature fruits during June and early July. This phenomenon -- known as "June drop" -- is nature's way of taking care of overproduction of fruit. The tarp makes it easy to collect the tiny, fruits and haul them to the compost pile.