Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Western Mountains and High Plains

November, 2011
Regional Report

Favorite or New Plant

Perennial Flax
The delicate narrow, bluish-green foliage of perennial flax (Linum perenne) provides an airy note to the flower garden during the drabness of autumn. In spring the plants start to regrow with the arching branches and stems that produce a profusion of delicate, simple, sky-blue flowers. The plants self-sow readily, so you will find plenty of young volunteer seedlings. Young plants can be transplanted now or next spring. Flax is very drought resistant, deer resistant, and makes a good choice for a water-thrifty garden.

Clever Gardening Technique

Test Your Garden Soil
Now is an excellent time to do a soil test from your garden. A reliable soil test will tell you the pH of the soil, organic matter content, and salt content. The availability of nutrients such as nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, iron, zinc, manganese and copper may be measured, too. Testing kits are available from local nurseries, or check with your local County Extension office for information on submitting soil samples for lab testing.


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