Western Mountains and High Plains

February, 2008
Regional Report

Favorite or New Plant

Corsican Violet
As much as I like pansies for early spring blooms, the Corsican violet (Viola corsica) is a true perennial in our region. It will even thrive at higher elevations, up to 9,000 feet. It does well in full sun to partial shade and is a good drought-enduring perennial. This wild violet from the Mediterranean has 1-inch, bright lavender flowers from early spring into autumn. It's a good choice for the perennial rock garden.

Clever Gardening Technique

Container Gardens on Wheels
Sometimes the thought of lugging around heavy container gardens will dissuade you from placing pots on the patio or deck. You can save your back by setting the larger pots on wheeled plant caddies. This will make it much easier to move them around, into protected areas when frost threatens, and to change them out when needed. If you need to move pots from direct sun to a shadier area, wheeling them around is a lot easier than dragging or lifting.

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