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Growing on the High Plains: In the Zone

When it comes to High Plains weather, the only constant is change...and maybe unpredictability. So for those of us tending gardens in this region, the trifecta of odd weather, fickle heat, and apprehensive precipitation are forever a safe bet.

Today on Growing on the High Plains, we'll get in the zone with regards to plants with a Zone 6 predilection. (As you can see from the image, this zone spans the southern and central HPPR listener region.) Though love we may the charm of crepe myrtles and mimosa trees, gardeners beware of how you'll toil in the soil to keep them thriving.
How can we know which plants are up to the challenge? Are there ways to make a smart selection among ornamental offerings offloaded in garden centers and home improvement store parking lots? Thankfully, doing a little research before you buy can save a lot of heartache. But don't assume a plant is doomed, because hard work can keep Zone 6'ers alive and well. 


Years ago Skip Mancini left the rocky coast of Northern California to return to her roots in the heartland. Her San Francisco friends, concerned over her decision to live in a desolate flatland best known for a Hollywood tornado, were afraid she would wither and die on the vine. With pioneer spirit, Skip planted a garden. She began to learn about growing not only flowers and vegetables, but hearts and minds. If you agree that the prairie is a special place, we think you'll enjoy her weekly sojourns into Growing on the High Plains.