Lauren Springer

Lauren Springer

Lauren Springer has been working in horticulture as a professional gardener, designer, propagator, lecturer, and writer for 40 years and has introduced more than two dozen plants into the trade. The author of books such as Waterwise Plants for Sustainable Gardens: 200 Drought-Tolerant Choices for All Climates and The Undaunted Garden: Planting for Weather-Resilient Beauty, she is currently working on her sixth book with Timber Press. Lauren has designed gardens for the Denver Botanic Gardens and the Gardens on Spring Creek in Fort Collins, Colorado, and she will be designing the David Salman Tribute Garden at the Santa Fe Botanical Garden in 2024.

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    Tips for Growing Cacti and Succulents in Cold Zones

    While these plants can take the cold, they may need special care to thrive in certain environments. Follow these guidelines to ensure that your hardy cacti and succulents last for…

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    Cacti and Succulents for Cold Climates

    Many succulents, including cacti, can survive outdoors where winters are cold. These long-lived plants bring four seasons of living sculpture to a sunny, well-drained garden, and they offer up striking…

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    Captivating Combination: Cold-Hardy Cacti and Succulents

    This extensive unirrigated planting of cold-hardy cacti and succulents basks on a warm south-facing slope in the Undaunted Garden at the Gardens on Spring Creek in Fort Collins, Colorado in…

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    Your Favorite Plants Improved for the Mountain West

    In Paul Westervelt's article on perennial upgrades, he explains the benefit of stepping out of your comfort zone and trying new versions of tried-and-true plants: "After whiffing a few times,…

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    Mountain West Regional Reports

    4 Outstanding Spring Plants for the Mountain West

    We all have certain plants that immediately come to mind when thinking of a garden in spring. For many, these are daffodils, tulips, and hyacinths skirting the trunks of flowering magnolias,…

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    Best Natives for Mountain West

    Top Pick: Sulphur flower is an adaptable evergreen that shines in every season Name: Eriogonum umbellatum Zones: 3–8 Size: 6 to 15 inches tall and 15 to 24 inches wide…