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    Shopping-List Plants for the Mountain West

    If you’ve run into a garden rut, we’ve got you covered. It’s time to start planning for your first trip to the local nursery or garden center. What plants will…

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    3 Warm-Season Ornamental Grasses That Excel in the Mountain West

    My career in ornamental horticulture has led to the development of a working theory: Ornamental grasses are an acquired taste for most gardeners. This theory grew from personal experience (my…

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    How to Pick the Best Mulch for Your Mountain West Garden Beds

    Since entering horticulture professionally over a decade ago, I’ve noticed a correlation on the Colorado Front Range between wood mulch (also called arborist chips) and water-wise gardens. A beautifully designed…

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    Spring Planting Plan for the Mountain West

    In her article "Spring Planting Ideas," Michelle Gervais beautifully illustrates the magical time that is the start of spring: "Our winter-weary spirits lift as hints of green begin to appear.…

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    Late Summer in Patsy’s Garden

    We’re visiting with Patsy LaHue today. My husband and I (80 and 84) have been gardening in Grand Junction, Colorado, since 1976, when the hill was nothing but 2,000 elm…

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    Pollinator Plants for the Mountain West

    Whether you have the space to create an expansive, pollinator-friendly landscape or just enough room to pot up a couple plants that are pollinator favorites, we can all do our…

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    Durable Flowers to Grow in Sagebrush Country

    The deserts and mountains of the West seem to get all the attention, but between the deserts and mountains is a vast landscape that most people just drive through on…

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    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…

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    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…

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    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…