The Ultimate Guide to Planting a Privacy Screen

05/31/2019 Ken Davis

By Ken Lain, the mountain gardener June is an ideal time to plant a new living wall.  With the building boom currently in full swing, privacy is a hot topic at the garden center. Without strategically placed evergreens in the…

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Best Evergreen Shrubs for Small Gardens

02/08/2019 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the  mountain gardener When you think of small evergreen shrubs, do you have an image in your mind of small, rather uninteresting lumps of green dotting a landscape? Well, you shouldn’t. There are plenty of lush bushes…

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Winter Greenery Best Planted in Cold

01/18/2019 Ken Davis

Winter is the season to plant evergreens that look good no matter the weather.  Local evergreens brighten our winter landscapes, and they prefer being planted during the colder months. If your landscape needs more green showing through that rock lawn,…

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Time for Evergreen-Style Containers

10/18/2018 Ken Davis

By Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Lisa and I have been dressing up our tired, overgrown outdoor pots.  Their plants had stopped blooming weeks ago, were badly overgrown and in need of haircuts.  In just a half day of gardening…

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Plants that Screen for Privacy and Sense of Seclusion

10/12/2018 Ken Davis

By Ken Lain, the mountain gardener October is the time to plant privacy screens for the maximum growth necessary for seclusion next year.  As the autumn colors drop the last of their leaves our gardens can feel naked, but non-deciduous…

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Plant Foods Simplified Locally

02/27/2018 Ken Davis

by Lisa Watters-Lain,  Arizona’s garden gal When walking down the fertilizer aisle at Watters Garden Center or any home improvement store you can’t help notice the dizzying the array of plant food. You’ll see bags and bottles, powders and granules,…

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Holiday Greenery Fresh from Your Yard

12/16/2017 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Winter is the season to bring fresh evergreens inside for remembrances of growing seasons past and fragrance that can only come fresh from the forest.  Cut sprigs can be carried inside anytime in winter,…

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How to Plant a Living Christmas Tree

12/13/2017 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener An evergreen that has had a starring role in the mountains of Arizona is gaining nationwide popularity. The ‘Single Blue Pinyon Pine’ is a local variety that gives a bold appearance to a rustic…

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The Secret Garden: Living Christmas Trees Planted as a Natural Screen

11/25/2017 Ken Davis

By Ken Lain, the mountain gardener As the autumn colors drop the last of their leaves the gardens can feel naked.  Without strategically placed evergreens in the yard, it easily feels like prying eyes look right through your home.  Not…

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Living Screens – Privacy that Block Prying Eyes and Wind

03/06/2017 Ken Lain, mountain gardener

We’ve curated a local plant selection that is sure to block out even the noisiest neighbor. We share the easiest to grow living walls and plant combinations that block while showing off all four seasons.  Create that secret garden and…

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