Western Mountains and High Plains
Science Made Simple
Now that the children are back in school, it won't be long before a science project assignment will make its way home. The Science Made Simple Web site can help with ideas for this year's projects. Science projects, articles, and other tidbits are awaiting your discovery.
Favorite or New Plant
This is a beautiful shrub with leaves resembling the plant's namesake, the oak. Foliage is deep green in summer and transforms to a handsome reddish purple to reddish orange in autumn. In early summer, the shrub puts on a display of white flower panicles that fade to pink as the summer wears on. The oakleaf hydrangea also provides winter interest as the maturing bark exfoliates, creating a nice background for snow cover.
Plant this shrub in well-drained soil in sun to part shade. The roots prefer to be cool, so mulch with shredded cedar or homemade compost.