Western Mountains and High Plains

February, 2009
Regional Report

Favorite or New Plant

Toad Lilies
Just when the garden starts to wane in late summer, and before the hard freezes are upon us, toad lilies put on their show of blooms. Tricyrtis hirta works well in most shady garden locations and stand up to three feet tall, bearing their showy, star-like blooms on arching stems. The flowers are mostly white with spots of various colors, but don't be surprised to see solid colors now and then. Look for varieties in varied colors, flower patterns, heights, and spreads. Toad lilies do best in partial shade in moist, organic-rich soils that are well-drained. A sheltered location is suggested.

Clever Gardening Technique

Prevent Forked Roots
This year try growing horseradish without bunches of crooked and forked roots. Plant new horseradish roots in drainage-pipe sections placed vertically in the soil. Fill with compost-enriched garden soil. The roots will grow straight and thick while you await the fall harvest.

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