Western Mountains and High Plains

August, 2010
Regional Report

Books

Insect Identification

Summer is the season for insects, both good and bad, in our lawns and gardens. One of my favorite little books to identify bugs is one of the Peterson Field Guide series, A Field Guide to Insects, by Donald J. Borror and Richard E. White (Houghton Mifflin Company, 1998; $14.95). This is a useful tool for every gardener or budding entomologist, covering 579 of the insect families with 1,300 drawings and 142 color paintings that show various species of insects common throughout North America.

Favorite or New Plant

Artemisia
Artemis is the Greek goddess of the moon, and nothing is more dramatic than the silver leaves of one of my favorite perennials, Artemisia 'Silver King'. In the light of the full moon the leaves seem to shimmer and add interest to the evening garden. Most of the cultivated varieties are specifically grown for their foliage effect and not flowers. There are drought-enduring annual and perennial cultivars to use throughout your garden for evening accents when combined with other plants.

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