Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Western Mountains and High Plains

June, 2009
Regional Report

Web Finds

American Iris Society
The informative American Iris Society Web site promotes the growing of irises, classification of various types of irises, cultivar registration, and colorful photographs.

Favorite or New Plant

Red Hot Poker
One of my favorite flowers is red hot poker(Kniphofia hybrids). As the name implies, the bloom resembles a red hot poker. This perennial is quite hardy and makes a bold statement in a vertical growth habit in the perennial garden much like an ornamental grass, but with the stately blossoms. Plant in well-drained soil in full sun. In addition to the traditional red, hybrids are available in yellow, orange, and creamy white variations.

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