Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Western Mountains and High Plains

April, 2006
Regional Report

Books

Amazing Animals of Colorado
Do you think all animals are created equal? Think again. Amazing Animals of Colorado: Incredible True Stories (Globe Pequot Press, 2005; $9.95 ). This easy-to-read book features thirteen true tales about Colorado's most unforgettable animals, past and present, including a faithful dog, notorious grizzly, begging burro, and headless horse.

Favorite or New Plant

Hyssop
Hyssop (Hyssopus officinalis) is a semi-evergreen perennial with stunning purple-blue flower spikes in summer. H. officinalis roseus has bright pink blooms, while H. officinalis albus is ideal to light up the night garden. Hyssops prefer well-drained soils that are allowed to dry out between waterings. Cut back hard in the spring to keep the plants more compact in growing habit. The leaves can be used as a tea for colds and flu, as well as for eyes, ears, nose, and throat.

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