Gardening To-Dos Before You Head Out On Vacation

06/27/2014 Ken Lain, mountain gardener

This pre-vacation checklist makes sure you return home to a live and healthy landscape.  Easy to use vacation security tips also contribute to your peace of mind while you’re away. Nothing says “No One is Home!” like an unkempt lawn,…

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Dura Heat Birch

06/22/2014 Ken Lain, mountain gardener

Dura Heat Birch, Betula nigra.  A tree with white bark this birch is far superior in heat and drought tolerance to Aspen.  Densely pyramidal form with glossy green leaves that fade to clear yellow in fall. Large tree as focal…

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Spiff-up Your Home’s First Impression

06/20/2014 Ken Lain, mountain gardener

The path to your front door should be inviting, but it quickly can become overgrown, dark, and tired-looking.  Here are 9 suggestions to freshen up the entrance to your humble abode; each is easy to execute, each under $100.  Put…

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Low Maintenance Plants: Key to Easy-Care Landscaping

06/13/2014 Ken Lain, mountain gardener

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if you could enjoy an attractive, colorful garden without spending all of your free time working at it? It can be done, and all it takes is some knowledge about the right plants to use and…

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English Thyme

06/12/2014 Ken Lain, mountain gardener

‘Thymus vulgaris’, The small oval leaves pack a lot of flavor, being small enough to use in the kitchen without dicing before adding to dishes. The aromatic, warming flavor holds up well during cooking times of favorite casseroles, vegetables, soups,…

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Flowering Heat Lovers Love June Plantings

06/06/2014 Ken Lain, mountain gardener

The first week of June finds our summer heat in full swing, ushering in a month of transition in our gardens. Spring bloomers that have been so spectacular will fade quickly and die. Just this week my pansies died, snapdragons…

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Royal Purple Smoke Bush

06/05/2014 Ken Lain, mountain gardener

Cotinus coggygria  Its lush purple color simply glows in the garden, and you’ll love the new look with each passing season!  Loves heat, sun, wind and being exposed with the rest of your native plants.  Growing to just 10 feet…

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