Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Western Mountains and High Plains

June, 2009
Regional Report

Favorite or New Plant

Butterfly Bush
The butterfly bush, Buddleia species, will become an all-summer magnet for the butterflies to visit the garden. Summer lilac ( B. davidii) is fast growing with semi-fragrant flowers and can re-grow if cut or frozen to the ground. One of the most durable and compact is the hybrid 'Lochinch' with gray foliage and light lavender blooms from late summer into fall. Plant in full sun and well drained soil.

Clever Gardening Technique

Prevent Tomato Diseases
To protect the spread of anthracnose on tomato plants, spread several layers of newspaper around the plants and moisten the paper. Top with compost or clean wheat straw to prevent the splashing of disease spores on the foliage and developing fruit.

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