Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Western Mountains and High Plains

October, 2008
Regional Report

Favorite or New Plant

'Mongolian Bells' Clematis
For limited space and to add an attractive highlight to the landscape, the 'Mongolian Bells' clematis (Clematis integrifolia) will fit in nicely. It is a more compact form of the common herbaceous species and comes in a variety of colors including blue, lavender, pink, and white. It works well for edging along a retaining wall or a mounding clump in a water-wise garden. This perennial produces attractive seedheads in late summer and fall.

Clever Gardening Technique

Detecting Houseplant Pests
It is important to check plants before bringing them back indoors to avoid a major infestation. But it can be hard to spot the tiny pests. A hand lens will work, but it takes one hand to hold the lens and one hand for the plant. Consider buying a jeweler's loupe that is a magnifying lens that fits over your eyeglasses. You can spot pests easily while keeping your hands free to turn over the leaves.

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