Western Mountains and High Plains

August, 2009
Regional Report

Favorite or New Plant

Blue Flax
Hardy throughout the region and tolerant of the dry prairies, blue flax (Linum perenne) is a dependable and self-sowing perennial that will re-flower if deadheaded after the first flush of flowers. The flowers are a true blue, adding a delicate and charming accent in the garden. It does self-sow easily and can be invasive, so thin and replant as needed. It's worth the effort. Plant in full sun, but it will tolerate part shade. Blue flax is extremely drought tolerant so be careful to locate it where it escapes frequent watering and persistent snow cover in the winter.

Clever Gardening Technique

Epsom Salts for Roses
Do your roses have tired roots? Are your plants lacking in vigor and blooms? Sprinkle a couple tablespoons of epsom salts around the base of each rose bush. Lightly cultivate into the soil and water in. Magnesium sulfate helps buffer accumulated salts that lock up nutrients, plus it induces basal shoots to grow from the bud union.

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