Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Western Mountains and High Plains

July, 2006
Regional Report

Favorite or New Plant

Black-Eyed Susan Vine
You can grow some very attractive annual vines from seed in just a short time. They will bloom from summer until frost. One of the most stunning is the black-eyed Susan vine. Sow seeds in hanging baskets or other patio containers using a quality outdoor planting mix. The 1- to 2-inch blossoms come in white, yellow, and deep orange. They are sure to brighten up the outdoor patio and deck.

Clever Gardening Technique

Make a Recycled Trellis
You don't always need a fancy support for vines. Here's an idea for a make-your-own: Secure a long metal or rigid plastic pipe into the ground, then insert the framework of an old umbrella into it. This allows climbing and twining vines to grow upright and into a natural, spreading shape.

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