Western Mountains and High Plains

April, 2010
Regional Report

Books

Rocky Mountain Region Gardener's Guide
If you want one book that covers all the important information and answers to your garden questions for the Rocky Mountain Region, here's one by yours truly. Rocky Mountain Gardener's Guide (Cool Springs Press, 2003; $24.99) is packed with recommendations for plants that are well suited to the sometimes challenging growing conditions in the Rockies and High Plains region. It covers the basics of climate, soils, companion planting and design, and has information on regionally-adapted trees, shrubs, vines, ground covers, annual flowers, perennials, and much more in this full-color volume.

Favorite or New Plant

Creeping junipers
Creeping junipers (Juniperus species and hybrids) may not be the most glamorous landscape plants in your yard. However, when you need a strong, durable, and water-thrifty evergreen shrub presence and relatively fast coverage, such as on a slope near a street or roadside bank, there's nothing more reliable than creeping juniper. You can find very low-growing junipers that reach no taller than 4 to 6 inches. The scaly needles of some prostrate junipers, such as 'Bar Harbor', 'Prince of Wales', and 'Blue Rug' (Juniperus horizontalis 'Wiltonii'), turn a reddish plum in fall. Others stay green or bluish green, so you have a choice. For the best growth and coloration, plant them in full sun and in well-drained soil.

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