Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Western Mountains and High Plains

January, 2008
Regional Report

Favorite or New Plant

Cannas (Canna x generalis) lend a tropical air to the summer garden, and they love our warm, sunny days. Both the flowers and foliage are colorful. The large dramatic leaves can be either solid green, bronze, striped, or speckled. Their impressive form and height create impact with just a few plants. For the container gardener, dwarf Futurity varieties grow to about 3 feet. Cannas prefer a rich garden loam soil, good drainage, and uniform moisture.

Clever Gardening Technique

Homemade Rake for Narrow Rows
You can transform an old steel-toothed bow garden rake into a useful cultivator for those narrow garden spaces. Shorten the right and left tine ends to adjust the width of the rake. Use a hacksaw to cut the steel; for example, remove three tines from each side to make a cultivator 6 inches wide. Make flush cuts and file the cut edges to smooth ragged edges.


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