Bird’s Eye View of Arizona Mountain Gardening

07/28/2012 Ken Lain, mountain gardener

Usually this column is dedicated to specific local gardening topics and reacting to local garden issues. Today’s article takes a broader, more global approach that I like to call a bird’s-eye view over local landscape facts. We are a climate…

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Heat Loving Plants and Vibrant Lawns

07/21/2012 Ken Lain, mountain gardener

It’s been ages since the last spring snow when it seemed as if our pansies would keep blooming forever. These days, working the garden during the heat of the day, you end up as hot and sweaty as your uncle’s…

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No Weeds, No Bugs, No Problem

07/14/2012 Ken Lain, mountain gardener

Summer brings Russian sage in all its glory. However, it is so happy in mountain landscapes that this stunningly dramatic plant can get out of control or become difficult to maintain. That violet color also can seem overdone and overbearing…

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Superheroes of the Summer Lands

07/07/2012 Ken Lain, mountain gardener

Well, we’re into July again, and with its rising humidity it presents the right climate to give growing things a very welcome and beneficial pick-me-up. Right now landscape plants are somewhat scrawny, starving, and ready to lap up whatever the…

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