Western Mountains and High Plains

June, 2011
Regional Report

Favorite or New Plant

Perennial Ice Plant
One of the most useful plants for interesting foliage year round is ice plant, Delosperma 'John Proffitt'. It is a succulent ground cover with green and red leaves that persist into winter. From mid-May through July it blooms profusely with one-inch, daisy-like, hot pink blooms. It may even bloom sporadically later in the season if we don't get hit by a cold snap. Ice plant does best in full sun and well-drained soil.

Clever Gardening Technique

Grow Blueberries
If you must grow blueberries, plant them in large containers like a half-whiskey barrel. They need acidic soil, so add sphagnum peat moss at the rate of 50 to 60 percent by volume to an outdoor container mix. Keep the amended planting mix moist throughout the growing season. Overwinter the blueberries in their containers in a protected area.

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