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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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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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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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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Mulch, Landscape Fabrics, and Stones to Prevents Weeds

02/20/2019 Ken Davis

Condensed Version of this Article Prevent weeds with organic mulch, crushed stone, black plastic, or landscape fabric A 2-3” inch layer of mulch or stone is effective against weeds Kill existing weeds with organic ‘Burnout’ Rake off roots, twigs, and…

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When to Prune Each Plant

01/25/2019 admin

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener . . With questions about pruning flooding into the garden center, there’s no doubt that pruning is in full swing. Some homeowners new to the area are overwhelmed with where to start on a…

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6 Gardening Tips for Year’s End

12/21/2018 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener The days grow short as we move into the last of the 2018 gardening season. This is the time when gardeners like to relax, sip some tea while warming our feet by the fire,…

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