Growing Brighter Garden Hydrangeas

05/18/2022 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Do hydrangeas like more sun or shade? How to grow hydrangeas in pots.What is the best way to grow hydrangeas? How to grow hydrangeas in Arizona. Are hydrangeas easy to grow? Can hydrangeas grow…

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How to Prune Hydrangeas

05/17/2022 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener What month do you cut hydrangeas back? When and how do you prune hydrangeas? What happens if you don’t cut back hydrangeas? Should you cut old blooms off hydrangeas? Hydrangeas make beautiful focal points…

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A Mountain Evergreen that Grows FAST!

05/05/2022 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener The Deodar cedar, Cedrus deodara, is an evergreen conifer favored for its gracefully drooping branches. It is often used as a specimen tree on large properties and parks, often used to line streets. This…

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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 Plant a Cactus the Easy Way

03/24/2022 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener My love for cacti has grown, no pun intended. Planting without getting spines in your fingers is challenging when working with cacti. You’ve likely had a few pricks to your fingers and had spines…

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A Healthy Evergreen Anyone Can Grow

03/04/2022 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Its Latin name, Rosmarinus officinalis, means ‘dew of the sea,’ most associated with healthy Mediterranean cooking. Imagine tumbling Rosemary growing over a wall and spreading across a desert rock lawn. Ideally, this rugged mountain…

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34 Perennials to Cut Back in Fall & How to Grow Them

11/02/2021 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener What perennials should not be cut back in the autumn? Pruning Perennials. Should all perennials be cut back in the fall? Can you cut back perennials before frost? When should perennials be cut back…

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How to Grow Vanderwolf Pine

11/01/2021 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Vanderwolf is related to Arizona Pinion Pine by produces fluffy foliage that resembles a blue Cedar from a distance. It is remarkably resilient in dry Arizona soils. Makes a very graceful single specimen for…

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How to Grow Camellias

11/01/2021 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Vivid rose-colored blossoms reach 2-3 inches wide with petals radiating out from a center of contrasting golden stamens. Ice Angle Camellia deserves front yard stature or admired on a patio or deck. Brings glossy…

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How to Grow English Ivy

11/01/2021 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener The only evergreen vine that stays green in shady gardens. Large lustrous foliage stays waxed green through winter, forming a lush blanketing groundcover under large shrubs and trees. Quickly climbs walls, pillars, arbors, and…

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