Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Western Mountains and High Plains

August, 2005
Regional Report

Web Finds
If you're looking for information on grasses for our region, give the ScienTurfic Web site a visit. It is jam-packed with information on the best-adapted sod grasses, and it also answers some of the most frequently asked questions about lawns and how to install them.

Favorite or New Plant

The Enduring and Hardy Daylily
When it comes to a drought-enduring perennial flower, among the hardiest and most dependable is the daylily. You can see them thriving and blooming everywhere -- in front of fast food restaurants, shopping malls, government buildings, and apartment/townhouse complexes. Their cheerful, trumpet-shaped blossoms are held high above strap-like foliage, bringing cheer to passersby in the heat of summer.

Daylilies come in a wide range of festive summer colors: red, pink, yellow, orange, cream, near white, and purple. Some even have a delightful fragrance.

Daylilies don't mind the heat as long as they get a good, deep drink of water occasionally. Mulch with pine needles or shredded cedar mulch, and stand back. They'll keep on blooming despite the heat and this year's water restrictions.


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