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Western Gardening Blog

Inspiring budding flower gardeners
to grow beautiful flowers (that live longer — yesss!)
in Colorado, Utah & the intermountain west

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Jupiter’s Beard: Long-Blooming Flowers That Come Back Every Year

Jupiter’s Beard: Long-Blooming Flowers That Come Back Every Year

Would you like pretty flowers that bloom all summer, return every year AND are drought tolerant? Yes, pleassssse! I can’t wait to introduce you to Jupiter’s Beard (aka, Red Valerian). It's official botanical name is Centranthus ruber. If you want long-lasting color, I...

“Do Some Plants Do Better in Hail Than Others?”

“Do Some Plants Do Better in Hail Than Others?”

When you live in states like Colorado, Wyoming and Texas, you may not get hail every year, but some years, you’ll get it 2 … 3 … 7 times. (I’m not crying. I have something in my eye.) It’s like playing the lottery, except hail is a prize you DON’T want to win. In this...

Lantana: A Heat-Tolerant Flower for Pots and Summer Gardens

Lantana: A Heat-Tolerant Flower for Pots and Summer Gardens

This cutie is known as Lantana This colorful flower reminds me of a delicious bowl of sherbet. It isn’t a flower you want to eat, though — no matter how yummy it looks.  🙂 It's actually a little poisonous. Be careful where you plant it if you have wee ones or dogs....

Columbine Flowers: An Early Summer Flower to Attract Hummingbirds

Columbine Flowers: An Early Summer Flower to Attract Hummingbirds

Who else loves Columbine flowers? (I have both my hands up.) You’ll see Columbine flowers growing along alpine hiking trails in the Rocky Mountains… and in western gardens. When I see them on mountain trails, I want to turn into Julie Andrews at the start of The Sound...

Where Can I Learn About Waterwise Flower Gardening?

Where Can I Learn About Waterwise Flower Gardening?

Where I live in Colorado, we're lucky if we get 14" of moisture per year. Depending on where you live, you may get even less! Just to put that in perspective, Seattle and Chicago get close to 40" of moisture per year. Boston gets about 44" per year. And Atlanta and...

How to Protect Flowers From Hail Damage

How to Protect Flowers From Hail Damage

9 ways to prepare for hail to minimize damage to your western garden Hail can leave you wanting to yell, “WHHHHYYYYYYYY?????” to Mama Nature. But thankfully, you have options for how to protect flowers from hail. With a little planning, you can reduce hail damage and...

“Hail Destroyed My Garden. What Do I Do Now?”

“Hail Destroyed My Garden. What Do I Do Now?”

In my opinion, there is nothing that will suck the soul from your gardening body like hail You can have your flowers looking SO DARN GOOD ... And after a few minutes of hail, your Instagram-worthy flowers have become a sloppy, shredded mess. Ugh. Mama Nature doesn’t...

“What Do I Do With Tulips After They’ve Flowered?”

“What Do I Do With Tulips After They’ve Flowered?”

The tulips in your spring garden have given you gorgeous color. But what do you do with tulips after they've flowered? They're done blooming, and now your tulip leaves are turning yellow and flopping on the ground. They don't look so great. (This is normal, BTW! You...

Where to Buy Flower Plants (That Last) for Your Western Garden

Where to Buy Flower Plants (That Last) for Your Western Garden

Buying flower plants at your local home improvement store is definitely convenient. But did you know you have other options on where to buy flowers for your garden in western states like Colorado, Utah and Wyoming? Let's say you'd like to find unusual flowers in...

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