Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Western Mountains and High Plains

March, 2008
Regional Report

Shows & Events

20th Anniversary of Spring Home and Patio Show
This annual event breathes spring into the air at the National Western Complex in Denver, Colorado, from April 10 through 13. Beautifully landscaped gardens will adorn the show so you can discover new and exciting ideas to improve your landscape, or to start a new garden. The show runs Thursday through Sunday. For more information, go to: http://www.bigasalloutdoors.com.

Favorite or New Plant

Persian Shield Plant
When it comes to dazzling metallic purple foliage, the Persian shield (Strobilanthes dyerianus) has it all. It provides a stunning contrast in container gardens and mixed flower beds. It does best in compost-rich soil that is kept uniformly moist. Bright light will maintain its unique coloration, but avoid direct sun that can scorch the foliage. Persian shield is rated hardy in zones 9 to 11 outdoors, so grow it as a houseplant over the winter, then replant in the spring garden.

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