Plant Tip – Pink Dawn Chitalpa

07/31/2013 Ken Lain, mountain gardener

30 second plant tip of the day on the Pink Dawn Chitalpa Tree: Pink Dawn Chitalpa tree is a new beanless variety that blooms all summer long. Only grows to 12 feet tall

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Attract More Butterflies to Your Yard

07/31/2013 Ken Lain, mountain gardener

Huge clusters of 4″ flowers are deeper colored than any other vine.  Taylor made for climbing quickly with colorful coverage that masks unattractive wire fences and outbuildings and attracting more butterflies.   Raspberry flowers are erupting into ever-bloom summer color. …

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Plant Tip – Bloomerang Lilac

07/30/2013 Ken Lain, mountain gardener

Watch this 30 second plant tip of the day on Bloomerang Lilac: Enjoy classic lilac fragrance for months instead of weeks! This revolutionary new kind of lilac, blooms in spring and then again throughout the summer. It does go through…

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Plant Tip – Helmond Pillar Barberry

07/29/2013 Ken Lain, mountain gardener

30 second plant tip of the day on the Helmond Pillar Barberry: Helmond Pillar Barberry, Berberis thunbergii – Let this pillar become the central column of a mixed border composition. Particularly good in pairs flanking a fountain, work of art…

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Plant Tip – Cora Vinca

07/28/2013 Ken Lain, mountain gardener

30 Second Plant Tip of the day on Cora Vinca: Cora Vinca is a new series of F1 hybrid Vinca (also known as periwinkles) bred by Goldsmith Seeds. The big, new, innovative, extraordinary, etc. thing about the Cora series is…

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Plant Tip – Golden Locust Tree

07/26/2013 Ken Lain, mountain gardener

Here’s the 30 Second Plant Tip of the Day with Ken Lain, Watters Garden Center: Golden Locust shade trees are proven as hardy street and shade trees, being fast-growing, heat and drought tolerant and well-suited for the demands of urban…

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Plant Food + Rain = Thriving Gardens & Healthy Trees

07/26/2013 Ken Lain, mountain gardener

I fertilized our home’s landscape just as this week’s rain hit; talk about perfect timing!  Monsoonal conditions offer an ideal time for a summer feeding.  So, if your summer plants have not bloomed yet, their growth seems slow, their colors…

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Garnet Blooms but No Weeds, No Bugs

07/19/2013 Ken Lain, mountain gardener

Summer brings Russian sage to center stage in local gardens.  Sadly, 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…

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Daily Courier article on Watters Gardening Class

07/16/2013 Ken Lain, mountain gardener

Garden class teaches high desert newcomers what to plant and when As Watters Garden Center Owner Ken Lain talked about plants that do well in mountain soil during a Saturday morning class in Prescott, he showed gardeners a flowering yellow…

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Time to Feed Our Gardens and Plant Hardy Vines

07/12/2013 Ken Lain, mountain gardener

If you haven’t fertilized your yard within the last few weeks, the start of the monsoon season is the time to feed for increased summer blooms. This is especially important for plants stressed by spider mites, from being wind whipped,…

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