Refreshing Poolside Landscapes for the Perfect Patio

08/11/2022 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener There are as many ways to landscape around the pool as possible styles and shapes of pools. Formal styles show off the pool as part of your home’s architecture. Whatever your style, you need…

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How to Grow California Poppy

04/22/2022 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener California poppy, Eschscholzia californica, are vibrant little flowers that grow in vacant lots and roadsides with no care. California poppies bloom throughout the mountains of Arizona in late Spring to early Summer. These festive…

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How to Grow Coneflower Echinacea

09/03/2021 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Vibrant blooms on upright stems top this sturdy, compact plant. A fuss-free, cheerful choice for a sunny, easy-care low summer border. Drought tolerant and hardy, with prolific flowering over an exceptionally long season. These…

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How to Grow Flowering Penta

06/28/2021 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 Pansy

02/25/2021 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Giant 3″ flowers thrive in extreme March gardens. Large, velvety blooms dazzle with radiant colors of blue, violet, yellow, and variations of stripes that look like smiling faces and love being planted in late…

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How to Grow Forsythia

02/25/2021 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener This gorgeous shrub explodes with masses of solar yellow flowers followed by shiny green leaves. Every home should have one for sheer beauty, fall color, and gentle natural care. Forsythias are a genus of…

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How to Grow Sedge

10/01/2020 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Red Fox Sedge has striking clumps of red foliage fade to flax, giving off a warm glow at sunset. This versatile Sedge thrives in wet areas around fountains and water gardens, yet equally happy…

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How to Grow Ornamental Cabbage and Kale

10/01/2020 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Few Flowers are more elegant in Fall than Watters select varieties of ornamental kale. The subdued fall tones are perfect for containers, beds, and borders. And it’s so easy to grow! These unique Prescott…

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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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