15 Outdoor Plants You Can’t Kill

04/19/2019 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener The best outdoor potted plants.  Flowers that are hard to kill. What are the best low maintenance plants? Plants that survive winter. What plants are easy to grow outside? Plants for people with black…

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Mediterranean Flowers that Thrive Locally

04/12/2019 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener The mountains of Arizona have so many sunny days with moderate temperatures that people rarely need to wear more than light jackets.  Mild winters and dry hot summers, both with low humidity and irregular…

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March Gardening Tasks Need Completion NOW!

03/29/2019 Ken Davis

By Ken Lain, The Mountain Gardener Spring weather signals the start of specific gardening tasks that are essential to maintaining a vital, healthy garden. I’m a list type of gardener, and the following is my springtime procedural list in order…

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Peonies Your Grandmother Would Covet

03/22/2019 Ken Davis

By Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Few perennial flowers compare to the bloom and fragrance of peonies in the spring garden.  Many new varieties arrived this week at the garden center; so exciting that they inspired this week’s column.  Peonies…

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Growing Beautiful Snapdragons

03/07/2019 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Bright snapdragon blossoms bloom profusely throughout cool weather with intensely saturated colors more vivid than mountain wildflowers. Snapdragon’s botanical name, Antirrhinum, means “like a snout” and refers to the seed pod’s resemblance to a…

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Preparing Garden Soils for Spring Planting

01/09/2019 Ken Davis

By Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Once you’ve tried digging the first planting hole in a mountain garden you learn that our native soils are HARD ! !  Skimp on spring soil preparation to “soften” the ground and a mountain…

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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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