Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Western Mountains and High Plains

August, 2011
Regional Report

Favorite or New Plant

Sulphur Flower Buckwheat
Among my favorite ground covers and lower-growing perennials is the sulphur flower buckwheat (Eriogonum umbellatum var. aureum) . It grows to a height of 14 inches with a spread of 15 inches. In my garden it is a semi-xeric, or drought-tolerant, perennial surviving in a clay loam soil. The deer will not bother it. Plant in full sun. The masses of yellow blooms turn rusty orange as they mature. Foliage is green turning to a purple-red in winter for winter interest. Hardy to zone 3.

Clever Gardening Technique

Keep Soaker Hoses in Place
The recycled rubber hoses that twist through my garden are often difficult to keep in place around plants. I've solved this problem by using galvanized steel edging pins to anchor them in place. These pins are relatively easy to bend into a U and push into the ground over the soaker hose so it stays in place. Set the U-shaped pins on the hose, wherever you need them, to make the soakers more efficient around the root zone.

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