Recommendations for plants for Southwestern Montana area (Dillon) semi-arid, poor soil, cold winter - Knowledgebase Question

Dillon, MT
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Question by kateord
January 2, 2006
I just moved to Southwestern Montana to a town called Dillon. It's ranch land and the area is cold in the winter and semi-arid year round. I was an avid gardener in Seattle and would like to create a perrennial garden for this climate with roses (if possible). My property receives a lot of wind. We receive approx. 90 frost-free days a year. The summer months can get a little toasty, but rarely above 80 degrees. Thanks in advance for your thoughts/advice

Answer from NGA
January 2, 2006
Gardening in Montana is very challenging as you have probably already figured out. I would suggest you work closely with your local county extension and local, professionally trained, garden center staff to analyze the growing conditions in your new garden spot, and based on that, determine what will have the best chances of thriving for you. Then, select the plants you like best from among those.

The Montana State University extension service does offer a number of publications, many available on line, that would be very helpful to you in the planning stages.
For example, here is information about roses specifically for Montana.

Here is a link to the official page listing the publications and order form for those that are not free on-line.

You may also find the following web pages by Dr. Bob Gough very helpful.

I hope this helps.

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