Western Mountains and High Plains

March, 2011
Regional Report

Favorite or New Plant

Purple Heart
Tradescantia pallida is one of my most used container plants, both for color and ruggedness. The purplish-red foliage of this nearly indestructible spreading plant belies its toughness. It grows well both indoors and outdoors in containers. It is easy to propagate and will spread itself by easy-to-root bits and pieces. It is a close relative to wandering Jew, but is stands up better in outdoor containers in summer. It makes a good houseplant in a sunny room, too.

Clever Gardening Technique

Natural Look for Evergreens
When pruning conifers and evergreens with an informal shape, step back from the plant and look at its natural silhouette. Just prune back the tips of the branches that protrude beyond most of the other branches. Leave the other branches alone to maintain the natural growth and beauty.

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