Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Western Mountains and High Plains

June, 2007
Regional Report


Container Gardening
Container Gardening for Dummies, by Bill Marken and the Editors of National Gardening Association (IDG Books, 1998, $16.99), is a good resource if you're just getting started with growing plants in containers. It will help you choose everything from flowers, vegetables, ferns, fillers, succulents, and exotic plants. This is a guide to creating interesting plant combinations, including tips for growing them successfully.

Favorite or New Plant

Bluestem Joint Fir
Bluestem joint fir (Ephedra equisetina) is a small shrub (4 to 5 feet) that's one of my favorites for all-season interest in the landscape. The bluish green stems produce a froth of yellow blossoms that are often followed by berries. The plant is extremely tolerant of drought and heat, growing best in full sun and well-drained soils.


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