Mountain West Regional Reports

  • Palmers penstemon
    Mountain West Regional Reports

    Penstemons Native to the Mountain West

    I recently had the pleasure of taking a road trip across central and southern Colorado and Utah, exploring many of the natural wonders found in those two states. It was…

  • soaker hose drip irrigation
    Mountain West Regional Reports

    The Pros and Cons of Different Irrigation Systems for the Mountain West

    I had my first experience with an irrigation system when I moved to the Mountain West. That was over two decades ago, but who’s counting? I froze my backflow preventer…

  • lawn full of Dog Tuff grass
    Mountain West Regional Reports

    Lawn Alternatives for the Mountain West

    If you’ve looked at current drought maps for the Mountain West, you’ve seen a sea of red, orange, and yellow indicating abnormally dry to severe drought conditions across the region.…

  • mixed border planting
    Mountain West Regional Reports

    Designing a Native Mixed Border in the Mountain West

    Adding native plants in the landscape is a design trend that continues to increase in popularity. For those of us in the Mountain West, this primarily means choosing natives that…

  • Panchito manzanita
    Mountain West Regional Reports

    Low-Growing, Evergreen Shrubs for Dry Shade in the Mountain West

    One of the most challenging areas to landscape is dry shade. Whether under the canopy of trees or the north side of your home, the number of plants that will…

  • Vertical Harvest produce
    Mountain West Regional Reports

    Inside Vertical Harvest Farms in Jackson, Wyoming

    Last summer, my husband and I decided to escape to the mountains, and we took a road trip to Jackson, Wyoming. After arriving at our hotel room, my husband immediately…

  • bearberry conifer
    Mountain West Regional Reports

    Firewise Plants for the Mountain West

    Those of us who live in the Mountain West know that our forests are filled with large stands of conifers such as Douglas firs (Pseudotsuga menzisii, Zones 4–6), ponderosa pines…

  • scorched trees along a river
    Mountain West Regional Reports

    Firewise Landscaping in the Mountain West

    In 2020, wildfires raged across the west, with Colorado having three of the largest wildfires on state record. Just west of where I live in Fort Collins, the largest of…

  • Xeric plantings
    Mountain West Regional Reports

    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
    Mountain West Regional Reports

    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…