How to Grow Evergreen Yew Shrub

12/30/2020 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Yews, Taxus, plants are conifers, so they produce cones, along with red berries. They feature evergreen needles in two primary forms, a spreading shrub or a tall columnar tree. They have a relatively fast…

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How to Grow Evergreen Boxwood Shrub

12/30/2020 Ken Davis

By Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Winter Gem Boxwood The Buxus genus includes about 70 species of slow-growing broadleaf evergreens. Most varieties used in mountain landscaping are dwarf varieties. These dwarf boxwood shrubs are prized for their densely packed, light-green…

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How to Grow Red Cluster Berry Cotoneaster

12/30/2020 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Red Cluster Berry Cotoneaster, Cotoneaster lacteus, is a graceful arching shrub perfect for natural, low-maintenance landscapes. Plants grow quickly to head height with an informal, organic form. The small oval leaves are dark green…

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How to Grow Mint Julip Juniper

12/29/2020 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener This updated Chinese Juniper has brilliant mint green foliage displayed over an arching form. One of the most constant shrubs in the mountain landscape is planted as shrub borders, mass plantings, or the fringe…

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How to Grow Alligator Juniper

12/29/2020 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Native to Arizona, the Alligator Juniper, Juniperus deppeana, is characterized by unique cracked bark that resembles alligator skin. Alligator and its native cousin, the Shaggy Bark Juniper, are the largest species of their kind…

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How to Grow Austrian Pine

12/29/2020 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Austrain Pine is resilient in poor mountain soils where alkaline conditions persist. It is remarkably tolerant of hot and cold wind and is a crucial component in privacy and windbreaks. Adapts well to dry…

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HOW TO GROW WINTERCREEPER EUONYMUS

12/09/2020 Ken Davis

By Ken Lain, the mountain gardener A very brilliant plant that makes dreary winter landscapes more cheerful. Creates a single fine specimen. Its low stature makes a fine barrier hedge inside existing gardens or along the perimeter. This hardy shrub…

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HOW TO GROW POINSETTIAS

12/09/2020 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Next to a living Christmas tree, nothing says Christmas like poinsettias. Watters has dozens of colors ranging from traditional shades of red, pink, and white to burgundy, peach, striped, and freckled. They add a…

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HOW TO GROW A HOLLY BUSH

12/09/2020 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Enjoy Christmas cheer all year long with this favorite holiday shrub. Holly is most commonly associated with the Christmas season, the branches and berries a favorite component of holiday decorations. Though holly shrubs provide…

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HOW TO GROW BLUE SPRUCE

12/09/2020 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Blue Spruce (Picea pungens) is a trendy evergreen conifer tree with a handsome, naturally pyramidal form with rigid tiered branches covered with stiff gray-blue needles. Spruce trees make a perfect evergreen windbreak or tall…

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