Western Mountains and High Plains
Gardening in the Rocky Mountain Region
Whether you're a newbie to gardening in the Rocky Mountain region or a seasoned gardener, you'll find Rocky Mountain Gardener's Handbook: All You Need to Know to Plant and Maintain a Rocky Mountain Garden by Mary Ann Newcomer and John Cretti, (Cool Springs Press, 2012, $24.99) a friendly and encouraging resource. It includes 300 plant profiles organized into ten plant categories. The full color images, helpful icons for sun and shade requirements, and planting and growing information will inspire you to garden with success. Twelve months of around-the-garden maintenance for each plant category lets you know what to do when in your garden. Includes many helpful charts and illustrations.
Favorite or New Plant
Ninebark (Physocarpus opulifolius) is a staple in my landscape. This North American native is a hardy, deciduous shrub with upright, arching branches. As ninebark matures, this shrub becomes open and leggy. Flowers are showy and are followed by purple fruit that birds savor. One of the showiest features is the maturing bark that exfoliates in thin coarse sheets that adds fall and winter interest. Diabolo ('Monlo') is a popular cultivar with leaves that emerge deep purple; 'Dart's Gold' features lime-green foliage. 'Coppertina', 'Little Devil', and 'Summerwine' are smaller varieties with reddish-purple leaves.