Plants Rabbits and Deer Hate

06/26/2020 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Not all baby bunnies are cute, especially when they eat a newly planted euonymus to the ground, or wipe out those pretty pansies and tulips! Jackrabbits are born with a full coat of hair…

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30 Garden Tips for the Next 30 Days of Summer

06/19/2020 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener These hot days of Summer, which officially starts this week, may be tempting us to sit back and simply enjoy what we planted in Spring. But this is the time when we must turn…

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How to Grow Sensation Maples

06/17/2020 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener This stunning shade tree thrives in severe garden conditions without skipping a beat. A member of the Maple tree family is a native selection, so you know it will do well! Faster growing, the…

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How to Grow Rose of Sharon Hibiscus

06/17/2020 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Breathtaking large blue flowers are adorned with lacy centers to create anemone-like blooms. Each stem of this hardy Hibiscus is packed with numerous buds. This vigorous head high shrub offers late-season color for hedges…

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How to Grow Crape Myrtle

06/17/2020 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Intense watermelon-pink, solar reds, and LED whites cover this heat-loving bloomer during the late-summer lull in the garden. Use as an accent or to cover unattractive views on a small scale. Plant where you…

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How to Grow Flowering Penta

06/17/2020 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Pentas plants are annual mountain flowers tailor-made for butterflies. The nectar-rich flowers grow in clusters over several seasons in vibrant red, pink, and purple irresistible to butterflies. Clusters of many shallow blooms provide easy…

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How to Grow Verbena

06/17/2020 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Gorgeous purple flowers cover this summer-long bloomer held over compact green foliage. This bloomer loves bright gardens, summer heat, and grows best in poor soils with less water. The perfect native perennial for summer-long…

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It’s Scientific: Gardening = Centenarians!

06/11/2020 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Could nurturing a green thumb help you live to be 100? Certain parts of the world, defined as “blue zones”, are famous for their many centenarian citizens.  Although spread across the globe, these 100-year-olds…

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Easy to Care For Beautiful Yards

06/04/2020 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener The ​Lain casa ​​is a respite where friends and family feel safe and welcomed both inside and out. Landscape ideas have come from traveling abroad, visiting botanical gardens, and sharing ideas with other gardeners.…

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