Garden Trends are Changing Big City Living

05/27/2020 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener We have covered some interesting trends over the past years as more people are attracted to plants and gardening. Hashtags like #PlantParenthood are common. Fast-forward to 2020, and the magnetic draw to gardening has…

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2020 Best Roses of the Year

05/22/2020 Ken Davis

by Lisa Watters-Lain, Arizona’s garden gal The mountains of Arizona are famous for easy-care roses.  Because of the dry air and alkaline soils we just grow a better, brighter, more fragrant rose without the disease and insect issues that plague…

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How to grow Gilt Edge Silverberry

05/20/2020 Ken Davis

By Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Gilt Edge Silverberry Variegated leaves of bright gold and blue provide interest every month of the year. Growing to head high, she screens out the most obnoxious neighbor while standing up to blistering heat…

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Portulaca (Moss Rose) and Where they Grow

05/20/2020 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Moss rose plants are popular annual flowers sold at Watters Garden Center from late spring through the summer planting season. The succulent leaves of Portulaca are another clue to the beautiful drought-tolerance of this…

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How to Grow Halls Japanese Honeysuckle Vine

05/20/2020 Ken Davis

By Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Halls Japanese Honeysuckle An outstanding mountain vine with fragrant yellow flowers that loves blooming in the summer heat. Wind, drought, deer, Javelina are no problem. Ideal at growing up fences, walls, or as a…

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How to Grow Yarrow

05/20/2020 Ken Davis

By Ken Lain, the mountain gardener A fuss-free, heat-loving bloomer with large clusters of canary yellow flowers held above ferny, grey foliage, just stunning. Sunny borders and rock gardens are perfect or planted in a mass to create a bold…

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How to Grow Sunburst Honey Locust

05/20/2020 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener This mountain native cheerfully shouts, “Hello, Spring!” with its glowing yellow leaves. As summer heats up, it settles down to a naturally cool green, only to turn gold again in autumn. This Watters exclusive…

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How to Grow Geraniums

05/15/2020 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Mountain famous for continual blooms spring through autumn with just a bit of care. The perfect cottage garden flower ideally grown in containers, hanging baskets, or raised beds. Sunshine Geraniums make gardening brighter! Feed…

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How to Grow Purple Robe Locust Tree

05/15/2020 Ken Davis

By Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Incredible, long clusters of purple flowers in May that look just like Wisteria flowers hanging from this local bloomer. The 8″ inch fragrant clusters cover the tree profusely! Super hardy and drought tough with…

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How to Grow Akebia Chocolate Vine

05/15/2020 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener A super vigorous vine with dangling stalks of fragrant flowers appears in early spring. Blooms are often followed by showy, 4″ purple edible fruit . . .yum! She proliferates up arbors, pergolas, fences, and…

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