Top 10 Tall Plants for Stunning Containers

09/06/2023 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Tall potted plants can turn ordinary container gardens into works of art. They add height, variety, and a little drama to mixed containers. But grouping plants in containers takes a finesse. The general formula…

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Best Smelling Plants for Outdoor Gardens

05/17/2023 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Arizona is famous for outdoor activities. When all this activity brings the party to your deck, patio, or pool’s edge, the fragrance of the garden should be positive and uplifting to the friends that…

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Top 10 Spring Cleaning Every Garden Needs

02/21/2023 Ken Davis

By Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Serious gardeners are in the garden on the first warm day of spring. While there is no harm in cleaning up fallen branches and debris, wait until the soil is no longer wet enough…

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Thrilling Plants Perfect for BIG Pots

02/08/2023 Ken Davis

By Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Spring trees begin to bloom this issue. Trees are noble works of nature, and we are humbled by their greatness. While walking through the redwoods of California or admiring the massive structure of a…

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Feed your Landscape Now

07/15/2022 Ken Davis

Monsoon rains hit the Lain gardens on Monday Let the Monsoon Rains do the Work for You One simple food for the entire landscape. The safety you can feel good about around family, animals, and friends. Enjoy vivid flowers &…

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11 Ornamental Grasses for Better Fall Gardens

09/10/2021 Ken Davis

by Lisa Watters-Lain, Arizona’s garden gal Can decorative grasses be planted in the fall? Most popular ornamental grass. Do ornamental grasses need to be cut back in Autumn? Drought tolerant grasses. What ornamental grasses stay green year round? Ornamental grass…

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Top Plants from A to O with Dazzling Foliage

08/13/2021 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Best Types of Foliage Plants. Large leaf outdoor plants. Leafy outdoor plant names. Foliage plant care. Large leaf tropical plants. Best Plants for Colorful Foliage. Hosta Next time you hit the garden center, think…

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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 Pampas Grass (Cortaderia)

09/03/2020 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Dwarf Pampas Grass blends into a desert or Mediterranean landscape well. The ivory-colored plumes reach well above the foliage and offer an architectural look around patios and ponds. Well suited as a visual barrier…

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