Western Mountains and High Plains

February, 2012
Regional Report

Favorite or New Plant

Orange Globe Mallow
Iridescent orange flowers and fuzzy leaves are a welcome combination on a hot day. Orange globe mallow (Sphaeralcea munroana) delivers both of these in a hot, sunny spot in the garden. Plant in well drained, nutrient-poor soil, and it will grow and thrive. Native to the Mountain West, orange globe mallow is well suited to a dryland garden. It dies back to the ground in winter. In spring, as the new foliage emerges, cut the old stems back to a few inches tall. The plants grow 2 to 4 feet tall and wide.

Clever Gardening Technique

Make Ornamental Grass Cleanup Easier
Big clumps of ornamental grasses can be a pain to cut back. To simplify the project, bundle up the clump of dried grass blades and wrap duct tape around the base before cutting. Be sure to overlap the ends of the tape to keep the clump secure. Now you can cut back the clump with a hedge trimmer or heavy-duty pruner.

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