How to Grow Virginia Creeper

09/30/2020 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Good fences make good neighbors, but fences can be downright ugly. This Arizona native vine is specially selected to dress up those miles of stockade fence. A mountain vine with rich green foliage turns…

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How to Grow Burning Bush

09/30/2020 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Burning bush, Euonymus alatus, is a neat, well-behaved shrub prized for its blazing red foliage in Fall. Looks great when planted with autumn gold natives like sumac, lilac, and gold euonymus. Growing to head…

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How to Grow Prescott Autumn Blaze Maple

09/30/2020 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener The extreme growth of 3 feet or more each year. The fall color glows like embers in a blazing hot fire, thus the name. There is no better maple to plant in Arizona. It…

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How to Grow Mums

09/30/2020 Ken Davis

By Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Mums are as ubiquitous in Autumn as pumpkins during the fall harvest. You find them everywhere and anywhere from supermarkets, gas stations to the garden center. You need to know mums are incredibly easy…

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5 Mountain Herbs You Only Plant Once

09/24/2020 Ken Davis

By Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Echinacea As we begin the ‘Fall Garden Season’ organic herbs and autumn vegetables overflow the garden center. This week’s column features the best herbs for your garden and the distinguishing characteristics of each. Deer,…

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Plants that Screen for Privacy and a Sense of Seclusion

09/14/2020 Ken Davis

By Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Now through Thanksgiving is the best time to plant privacy screens for the maximum growth necessary to have seclusion next year. Without strategically placed evergreens in the yard, it can feel like prying eyes…

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Feng Shui Design for Healing Energy from the Garden

09/09/2020 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Novice describes the beauty, openness, style, and a unique gathering. Design experts see the mathematical balance between hardscape and plantscape, yet Asia defines this feeling as Feng Shui. A Feng Shui design is meant…

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10 Ways to an Easy Garden

09/04/2020 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener On the Go Answer – Readers Digest-type Condensed Version of this Article Feed your soil instead of the plants with 7-4-4 All Purpose Food Use low maintenance perennials like red salvia, Russian blue sages,…

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How to Grow Raywood Ash

09/03/2020 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Raywood Ash is a bright source of autumn color and super drought hardy. A good street tree that, with age, provides considerable shade. Plant as a single specimen, in a grove for more widespread…

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How to Grow Goldflame Honeysuckle

09/03/2020 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener https://youtu.be/i682MJ3Oo_8 An excellent vine to use as a cover for trellis, arbor, and fencing. Also works well when pruned to form a dense shrub-like shape. Purple to deep pink buds open to sweetly fragrant,…

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