Western Mountains and High Plains
Favorite or New Plant
'Little Annie' Echinacea
Perennials grown in containers can be tricky since they often outgrow their pot. However, the Proven Winners Echinacea 'Little Annie' performed very well and stayed compact in a half wine barrel. The tidy, multi-branched plant produced iridescent lavender-pink flowers from summer through fall. It also does well in a flowerbed and stays compact. Be sure to plant in well-drained soil. It blooms best in full sun.
Clever Gardening Technique
Spot-Treat Weedy Grasses with Artist Sponge
If perennial quackgrass is invading your garden, be careful when applying an herbicide grass killer. I've found that using an artist's sponge to apply an herbicide containing glyphosate, such as Roundup, is a good way to treat the weed grass without getting any on your desirable plants. Be sure to don a pair of rubber gloves. Grasp the leaves of the offending grass, dip the sponge in the properly diluted herbicide and wipe the foliage of the quackgrass. The grass will absorb the herbicide without any residue landing on the surrounding area or on desirable plants.