Western Mountains and High Plains

May, 2010
Regional Report

Favorite or New Plant

Peony
While other perennial flowers may come and go, peonies will last a lifetime. Also known as the "queen of garden flowers," peonies are beloved by gardeners and non-gardeners alike. In the landscape, peonies make good companions with other perennials and with shrubs. They can put up with lousy soils, drought conditions and other abuses. To flower reliably, however, peonies need as much sun as possible. Flowers can range from 3" to 10" wide and may be single, double or semi-double. As herbaceous perennials, peonies will die back to the ground each winter. Even after the herbaceous peonies have finished blooming, their glossy green leaves remains attractive into late fall. Vigorous plants will grow into mounds that are 18 to 36 in. tall and equally as wide.

Clever Gardening Technique

Smother Weeds Naturally
To keep weeds from growing in the pathways of your vegetable garden, get free carpeting scraps from your local carpet warehouse. Cut them in strips and place them between the rows. They will keep weeds at bay, while making it easier to walk through a soggy garden. Water can still move through, but the carpeting blocks light and smothers weed seedlings.

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