Mountain West - Page 2 of 19

  • Design

    Native Tree Species for the Rocky Mountain Region

    Many gardeners in the Mountain West struggle to find trees; especially attractive, well-behaved trees that excel in our harsh climate. Here, native trees must overcome frequent wildlife browsing and competition…

  • Design

    Ground Covers for Dry Shade in the Mountain West

    One of the most challenging microclimates in Mountain West gardens also happens to be one of the most common, particularly in mature, treed landscapes—dry shade. Most plants adapted to grow…

  • native annuals
    Design

    Native Annuals and Biennials for Rocky Mountain Gardens

    Over the last decade or so, the swelling interest in ecological gardening, particularly in the use of native rather than introduced plant species, has proven itself one of the most…

  • Oceanspray
    Design

    Shade-Loving Shrubs for the Mountain West

    Finding interesting plants for shade can be a struggle, but when you add in the desire for that plant to be a woody shrub, the list narrows even more. But…

  • Yampa River Botanic Park rock garden
    Design

    A Visit to Yampa River Botanic Park

    What a long, beautiful fall we had in the Mountain West last year! I was fortunate to be able to explore a bit of Colorado in September and revisit the…

  • winterize irrigation system
    How-To

    How to Winterize Your Irrigation System

    When I first moved to Colorado, I learned the hard way about the need to winterize my irrigation system. Never having had a system, I had no idea how it…

  • japanese beetles on a leaf
    How-To

    How to Get Rid of Japanese Beetles

    It was long thought that Japanese beetles (Popillia japonica) would not survive in our Mountain West climate; after all, they like humidity and moisture. But when they were introduced into…

  • ornamental grass plumes in front of red foliage
    Design

    November in Colorado

    I'm Bonnie Phipps Moninger from Boulder, Colorado, and these photos were taken in November 2021. I've been gardening since 2006 in Boulder and had never seen our fall colors so…

  • tall pink sedum
    Design

    Upright Sedums Dazzle in Autumn

    Earlier this year I highlighted some of my favorite ground-cover sedums. But I can’t ignore the taller, upright sedums, or stonecrops, which are extremely showy in fall. Upright sedums are…

  • Canada thistle in bloom
    How-To

    Remove These Regional Invasive Plants

    I am fortunate to live with open space adjacent to my backyard. It provides beautiful views and access to nature and abundant wildlife. The only negative aspect is the presence…