Easy to Care For Beautiful Yards

06/04/2020 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener The ​Lain casa ​​is a respite where friends and family feel safe and welcomed both inside and out. Landscape ideas have come from traveling abroad, visiting botanical gardens, and sharing ideas with other gardeners.…

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2020 Best Roses of the Year

05/22/2020 Ken Davis

by Lisa Watters-Lain, Arizona’s garden gal The mountains of Arizona are famous for easy-care roses.  Because of the dry air and alkaline soils we just grow a better, brighter, more fragrant rose without the disease and insect issues that plague…

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How to Grow Akebia Chocolate Vine

05/15/2020 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener A super vigorous vine with dangling stalks of fragrant flowers appears in early spring. Blooms are often followed by showy, 4″ purple edible fruit . . .yum! She proliferates up arbors, pergolas, fences, and…

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Perennial Flowers that Show Off for Years

04/24/2020 Ken Davis

Enjoy Summer-Long Color With These Long-Blooming Favorites By Ken Lain, the mountain gardeners Beautiful spring days draw gardeners into their backyards for a soft launch away from isolation, cabin fever, and the joy of fresh air.  I am a flower…

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Best Ground Covers and 9 Places To Plant Them

12/20/2019 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Mountain landscapes are difficult for plants, especially if you want to keep them low maintenance.  In an arid climate where rock lawns are the norm because growing conditions are challenging, ground- hugging plants are…

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Wildflowers – A Spring Gardener’s Perfect Gift

12/13/2019 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Gardeners are some of the “tough customers” on our annual gift lists; it’s hard to know what they like/need. Here are a couple of suggestions: Wildflower seeds for the gardener in your life will…

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Perennial Plants You Should Cut Back Now

12/05/2019 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener This week’s column is an extensive resource of perennial flowers that should be cut back now. Local gardeners have given each a commonly used name rather than the scientific Latin name, so this list…

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