Fall Flowers Decorate Watters

08/27/2014 Ken Lain, mountain gardener

Our part of the country is celebrated for its mild four-season climate, but gardeners new to the region often don’t realize just how nice it really is: Gardens can be coaxed into bloom most months of the year! Strategic planting…

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‘Monsoon Madness’ Sparks Garden Savings

08/20/2014 Ken Lain, mountain gardener

‘Monsoon Madness’, ‘Sizzling Summer’, however the sales are billed, this is the time to watch your local garden centers for end-of-season bargains. These sales are necessary to clear out the passing season’s plants to make room for shipments of new…

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Fragrance in Gardens

08/13/2014 Ken Lain, mountain gardener

While a beautiful garden is a treasure within itself, a garden that exudes great wafts of fragrance is a real gem. In addition, fragrant plants are sources of soothing aromatherapy and magnets to birds and other winged pollinators. Luckily, if…

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Coral Beauty Cotoneaster

08/10/2014 Ken Lain, mountain gardener

Cotoneaster dammeri.  Ideally suited to flow over embankments and raised beds. An outstanding groundcover with dense foot tall branches covered with shiny evergreen leaves. The foliage is tinged in purple through autumn that enhance the profusion of cranberry type berries.…

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Plan THEN Plant Your Hassle-Free Landscape

08/06/2014 Ken Lain, mountain gardener

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if you could enjoy an attractive, colorful garden without spending all your free time working in it? Well, it can be done. All it takes is some knowledge about the right plants and the right mountain…

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Sunset Hyssop

08/03/2014 Ken Lain, mountain gardener

Agastache rupestris. Sunset hyssop fills the garden with the aroma of root beer or licorice, and a surefire way to attract hummingbirds to your garden. The vibrant pink, purple and orange blossoms definitely catch your eye, adding pizazz to any yard.…

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