Western Mountains and High Plains
All-America Rose Selections
Whether you're a seasoned gardener or novice, All- America Rose Selections is a good resource for making rose selections to withstand cold winters, blustery winds, low precipitation, and summer heat. This nonprofit organization promotes a wide range of roses from the past along with newer introductions. They conduct rose testing programs throughout the country to help homeowners select and grow roses that need minimal care. Start here for information on buying, growing and enjoying roses in your garden.
Clever Gardening Technique
Keep A Garden Record
Make a resolution to keep a garden journal in 2013. I keep an informal journal by making notes on a calendar each year. I'll add entries daily or weekly, depending on my schedule. This helps me plan what to do and lets me look back to see what bloomed in the past on that date. It also reminds me which plants provide foliage color and seasonal interest. A journal of some kind is a good reminder of past happenings in the garden, both good and bad.