Does Talking to Houseplants Help?

01/20/2023 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Research shows plants have a definite calming effect on their gardener. Plants are so understanding. They refrain from arguing, asking difficult questions, or interrupting when speaking. It’s no wonder, so many gardeners talk to…

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Top 10 Yellow-Flowering Plants for Your Garden

09/16/2022 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Yellow flowers bring sunshine to a landscape, even on a cloudy monsoon day. There is room in virtually any garden for the many shades of yellow from spring bulbs, showy shrubs, and perennial wildflowers.…

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Plants with Fun Fragrant Foilage

09/02/2022 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Surprises abound in the gardens when it comes to uplifting scents. Brushing up against a Scented Geranium as it fills the patio with the taste of citrus. These plants not only smell great but…

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Refreshing Poolside Landscapes for the Perfect Patio

08/11/2022 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener There are as many ways to landscape around the pool as possible styles and shapes of pools. Formal styles show off the pool as part of your home’s architecture. Whatever your style, you need…

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Turn Your Patio Into a Paradise

08/04/2022 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener The mountains of Arizona are famous for glorious weather best enjoyed outdoors. Many gardeners created outdoor decks, living rooms, and kitchens that call to the outdoors. Plants that perform well in raised beds and…

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6 Plants Irresistible to Butterflies

07/28/2022 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener How to attract more butterflies into the gardens was this week’s most-asked question from friends, family, and garden center customers. Because butterflies have their favorite foods, the answer is the same whether you are…

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Allergy Free Flowers for Summer Gardens

07/20/2022 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener The mountains of Arizona are at the peak of the planting season. The start of summer offers even brighter flowers than spring, and Watters Garden Center is fully stocked with these summer lovers. Flowers…

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Feed your Landscape Now

07/15/2022 Ken Davis

Monsoon rains hit the Lain gardens on Monday Let the Monsoon Rains do the Work for You One simple food for the entire landscape. The safety you can feel good about around family, animals, and friends. Enjoy vivid flowers &…

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Keep Away Mosquitoes, Flies & Spiders with these Plants

07/06/2022 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener On the Go Answer – Readers Digest-type Condensed Version of this Article Use Plants around patios, decks, and doors to repel insects. Moist foliage of herbal plants releases essential oils that repel bugs. Mosquitoes…

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Surprising Edible Plants for the Backyard

06/23/2022 Ken Davis

By Ken Lain, the mountain gardener This is a rather interesting list of plants used to dress up and decorate the garden, and surprisingly tasty. Indigenous people have known many of these plants since the beginning. Here are some fun…

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