Memorial Trees for each Month

06/14/2019 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener At the Lain house we like to remind ourselves of those who have made indelible differences in our lives.   In addition to memorials for people, we love to plant a tree in memory of…

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Keep Plants Alive While You Are on Vacation

06/13/2019 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener While you are away on vacation, being left untended for a week or two is hard on your garden. Xeric gardens fare well when neglected, but other plants do best when mulched, and are…

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Top 6 Perennial Herbs for Arizona Gardens

06/08/2019 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Many herbs are perennial, meaning they can be planted once and left to grow for many years. Perennial herbs are essential to garden designs because they remain healthy and attractive through all growing seasons. …

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The Ultimate Guide to Planting a Privacy Screen

05/31/2019 Ken Davis

By Ken Lain, the mountain gardener June is an ideal time to plant a new living wall.  With the building boom currently in full swing, privacy is a hot topic at the garden center. Without strategically placed evergreens in the…

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Container Garden Mistakes to Avoid

05/22/2019 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Whether you are new to container gardening or have years of experience; there probably is something you’ll find valuable in this article. In order of which they are most often encountered, here are the…

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Blooming Plants that Flow Out of Containers

05/15/2019 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener While tall plants that thrill the senses might be where you start with a container garden, they aren’t the most critical bloom in the pot. Plants that flow, spill and erupt out of your…

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Sow & Grow Peppers Like a Pro

05/10/2019 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener I’m a salsa gardener, and proud of it! The bulk of my gardens are dedicated to tomatoes, tomatillos, cilantro, onions, chives, and peppers. Yum-m-m!  I like grilled peppers, peppers eaten out-of-hand fresh from the…

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2019 Best Roses of the Year

05/03/2019 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Roses that grow best. Are roses easy to grow? When to buy a rose bush.  What is the prettiest rose? World’s prettiest flower this year. Do floribunda roses bloom all summer? How to keep…

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Why Flowers Die and What to Do to Prevent It

04/26/2019 admin

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener At the Lain casa flowers have been planted and are filling in quickly.  Take a look at the Pinterest Board to see this year’s gardens.  It’s nice to pass from the drab gardens of…

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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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