Western Mountains and High Plains

November, 2008
Regional Report

Books

Gardening in the West -2009 Calendar
It's not too early to think about getting a 2009 gardening calendar for you, relatives, friends, and co-workers. The Gardening in the West 2009 Calendar, by yours truly (Cool Springs Press and Andrews McMeel Publishing $13.99), will make a welcome addition with month-by-month gardening information. Features include timely tips to keep your garden and plants happy and healthy in every season and favorite plants to grow in your landscape.

Favorite or New Plant

Coral Bells
The sprays of dainty bell-shaped flowers held high above the handsome foliage makes coral bells (Heuchera cultivars) beautiful additions in the shade garden during the summer. But now, the handsome foliage -- dark green, purple, maroon, yellow-green to orange, with scalloped, lobed or wavy edges -- remains mostly evergreen in an otherwise stark perennial garden. Plant drifts of coral bells with columbine and hardy geraniums. Coral bells are old-fashioned favorites that many of us remember from our grandparents' gardens. With so many new varieties available today, I'm sure you will find some that will suit your gardening style.

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