Western Mountains and High Plains
Arbor Day Foundation
Get all kinds of information on trees and their value in your landscape. Visit the Arbor Day Foundation web site. Find out what kinds of trees will do best in your zone. The tree guide also provides tips on height, spread, soil and sun preferences. Now is the time to plant a tree or two!
Favorite or New Plant
When it comes to fragrant-blooming shrubs, lilacs are at the top of my list. With proper selection, you can have an extended display of flowers. Some of my favorites include: Common lilac (Syringa vulgaris) cultivars 'Charles Joly' with double, reddish-purple flowers; 'Sensation' with large purple florets edged in white; 'Wedgewood Blue' with lilac-pink buds that open to blue flowers with a sweet fragrance; and 'President Lincoln' with long panicles of single, blue florets. The late blooming lilacs Syringa X prestoniae are prolific bloomers with flowers opening a week to ten days later than the common lilac. Colors range from pink to lavender-magenta, and flowers are smaller, trumpet-shaped florets with a spicy oriental fragrance. Syringa patula 'Miss Kim', is very hardy, late blooming and fragrant.