Western Mountains and High Plains

November, 2010
Regional Report

Favorite or New Plant

Redleaf Rose
Although the single blooms of redleaf rose (Rosa glauca) are stunning in their simplicity, it is the foliage of this rose bush that is greatly appreciated in our landscapes. Shades of blue and green, plum and red blend together in the waxy leaves to create a stunning effect. The foliage color intensifies alongside hips of bright purplish-red with the onset of autumn. In winter, the violet canes stand out handsomely against the snow.

Clever Gardening Technique

Make extra humidity for houseplants
When houseplants are brought indoors to spend the fall and winter, light, temperature, and humidity change. Most plants will benefit from extra humidity as forced air heat robs the indoor air of moisture. To keep plants healthy and happy set them in homemade pebble trays. Spread a one to two inch layer of pea gravel or decorative pebbles in a waterproof drainage saucer wider than the top of the pot. Pour water into the pebble tray until water is about one inch deep. Set the potted plant on the moistened pebbles. Water in the tray will evaporate slowly, adding extra humidity to the area around the plant. Refill as needed.

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