Western Mountains and High Plains
Favorite or New Plant
Woolly thyme (Thymus pseudolanuginosus) is one of the most useful creeping and mat-forming evergreen ground covers. With its leathery, gray-green, aromatic leaves, the plant is a good choice for planting among stepping stones because it's tolerant of being walked on occasionally. When the plant leaves are brushed or trod upon, an invigorating fragrance is released into the air. As a ground cover, it will even tolerate being mowed to keep the plant neat. The flowers of rose-pink to magenta rise above the foliage in late spring and are beloved by bees (keep this in mind if you are planting where the thyme will get some foot traffic). Use woolly thyme as an underplanting beneath pasque flowers, species tulips, dwarf iris, or other spring-flowering bulbs for a pretty early-season display.
Clover and Other Mites of Turfgrass
Clover and Other Mites of Turfgrass from Colorado State Extension will help you identify the mites that can problems in lawns in our region, learn what their damage looks like, and find suggestions for controlling these pests. One species, clover mites, can also be an indoor nuisance pest in fall and spring. This fact sheet contains information on dealing with them indoors as well.