Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Western Mountains and High Plains

January, 2007
Regional Report

Web Finds
The International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) site answers many questions related to tree care. Topics covered include what trees need and why, benefits of trees, value of trees, tree selection, proper tree care techniques, pruning, and tree hazards and treatments. You can also search for an ISA-certified arborist in your area.

Favorite or New Plant

Mountain Lover
Mountain lover (Paxistima canbyiis) is a wonderful prostrate, broadleaf evergreen shrub that grows to a height of 8 to 12 inches. This little plant has lustrous, dark green leaves that deepen to hues of purple in winter. Use this ground cover in shady rock gardens, edging, and small spaces. Mountain Lover does best in partial shade in well-drained soils.


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