Mountain West Regional Reports

  • Xeric plantings
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    Xeriscape Gardening in the Mountain West

    If you’ve lived in the Mountain West for any period of time, you know the importance of water. Throughout our winters, we watch snowpack totals accumulate in our mountains, and…

  • Albyn dwarf Scots pine
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    Dwarf Pines for the Mountain West

    The forests in the Mountain West are made up of huge swaths of pines, such as lodgepole pine (Pinus contorta, Zones 4–8), ponderosa pine (P. ponderosa, Zones 3–7), and many…

  • Prairie Smoke
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    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,…

  • Collecting seeds
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    Propagating Native Plants From Seed in the Mountain West

    When I think about growing plants from seed, I usually think about my vegetable garden. I direct-sow many types of these seeds, such as beans, carrots, and squash. I follow…

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    Mountain West: January Garden To-Do List

    Enjoy the winter landscape. While providing natural insulation, a blanket of snow creates the perfect canvas to highlight the “bones” of your landscape—its structure, form, and textures. Our woody trees…

  • knocking snow off branches
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    Protecting Trees Through Unpredictable Winters in the Mountain West

    Drought, 60° to 70°F temperature fluctuations in a 24-hour period, and early and late season snows are hard on trees in the Mountain West. While we can’t control Mother Nature,…

  • Cyclamen
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    Mountain West December Garden To-Do List

    Purchase houseplants for the holidays. I love to add living color to holiday décor. Poinsettias (Euphorbia pulcherrima, Zones 10–11), amaryllis (Hippeastrum spp. and cvs., Zones 8–10), Christmas cacti (Schlumbergera spp.…

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    Mountain West November Garden To-Do List

    Give the lawn a final mowing. Depending upon the weather, the final lawn mowing can happen in late October up to mid-November. I tend to do this cutting a little…

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    Amazing Autumn Bloomers for the Mountain West

    As the heat of summer wanes into the cooler days and chilly nights of fall, our gardens undergo another seasonal transition. While we often focus on the golds, russets, and…

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    Growing Chilis and Hot Peppers in the Mountain West

    The Mountain West is known for hot pepper selection, with New Mexico as the home of the Hatch green chili and Colorado as the home of the Pueblo chili, so…