The Rarely-Tended Flower Garden

10/25/2018 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener If the road to hell is paved with good intentions, there are probably some dried up annuals and disease-ridden roses along the way. No one invests time and money in a flower garden with…

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Ultimate Guide for Mulches

09/08/2018 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Mulch is any material that is spread or laid over the surface of the soil as a covering. It is used to retain moisture in the soil, suppress weeds, keep the soil cool, and…

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Let Flowers Help Sell Your Home

08/25/2018 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Of all the ways to boost your home’s curb appeal when you put it on the market, what could be quicker or less expensive than installing some colorful garden flowers? Watters Garden Center conducted…

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Sweet Bloomers with REALLY Big Flowers!

07/21/2018 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener                              Red Heart Hibiscus in Bloom How big can a single flower blossom be? The rare corpse…

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Birth Months’ Flowers

07/16/2018 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Birthdays’ gemstones are exciting, but there are limits to the numbers of emeralds, diamonds, etc. we can bestow on our loved ones! Instead, the practicality and versatility of birth month flower gifts are better…

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The Beginner’s Guide to Container Gardening

07/14/2018 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Before you plant a container garden, there are only four things you need: a container, soil, plants, and water. It can be that simple.  Of course, things can get a bit complicated when keeping…

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7 Plants You Almost Can’t Kill

06/16/2018 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Every garden needs a few plants that can handle whatever abuse we throw their way. That’s not to say we should be needlessly tough on them, but let’s face it, there are times when…

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What Exactly is a Perennial Plant?

06/09/2018 Ken Davis

By  Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Peony One of the top questions we get here at the garden center is “what’s the difference between an annual and a perennial?”.  The issue causes unnecessary confusion for novice…

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42 Best-Smelling Flowers for Mountain Landscapes

05/12/2018 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Scented flowers bring another dimension of enjoyment to the garden. Some flowers are lightly scented and need to be close to appreciate. Other plants engulf the entire yard in their perfume—think of Spring’s lilacs…

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2018 Rose of the Year Collection

05/05/2018 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener 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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