Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Western Mountains and High Plains

January, 2011
Regional Report

Favorite or New Plant

Parry's Agave
If you live in an area where winters are mild and prefer a dry land garden, Parry's Agave (Agave parryi) is a wonderful addition. The blue-green, succulent foliage is tightly whorled, creating a spiny, artichoke-like rosette. Plants will produce offsets readily, forming clumps over time. When individuals come of age, they bolt and send up a handsome, branched flower stalk.

Clever Gardening Technique

Avoid "Cold Pocket" Locations
When determining where to plant fruit trees, don't choose a site at the bottom of a slope or hill. Cold air tends to settle at the bottom of a slope, forming a cold pocket where trees in bloom may be damaged by late spring frosts and early fall frosts.

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