Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Western Mountains and High Plains

March, 2006
Regional Report

Shows & Events

18th Annual Spring Home & Patio Show
Landscaping, gardening ideas, and backyard entertaining -- this and more will be featured at this year's Spring Home & Patio Show, March 16-19, at the National Western Complex in Denver. Seven professionally designed "Gardens of Excellence," with water features, ponds, waterfalls, footpaths, bridges, and thousands of flowers and other plants will be special areas to visit and glean ideas.

Yours truly will be presenting a workshop on "Gardening and Living with an ALTITUDE" to help you become more successful in your gardening endeavors. Check out more information at:

Favorite or New Plant

The tall, wispy stems and daisy-like flowers of cosmos (Cosmos bipinnatus) are old-fashioned garden favorites. They are among the easy-to-grow annuals that you can sow from seed directly into the garden in late spring. Cosmos are dependable and will grow quickly to 1 to several feet tall, depending on variety. They grow best in part to full sun.

The pink, white, rose, lavender, or multi-colored blooms consist of flower petals, which are actually separate ray flowers, that have notched edges as though they were trimmed with pinking shears. The bright yellow centers of the blooms are really disk flowers.

Cosmos make excellent cut flowers -- by themselves and in floral arrangements. They are reliable and long blooming (from July to frost). Children can have success with these annuals because they can be grown so easily from seed and can quickly stretch taller than the young gardeners who plant them.


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