5 Mountain Herbs You Only Plant Once

09/24/2020 Ken Davis

By Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Echinacea As we begin the ‘Fall Garden Season’ organic herbs and autumn vegetables overflow the garden center. This week’s column features the best herbs for your garden and the distinguishing characteristics of each. Deer,…

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10 Ways to an Easy Garden

09/04/2020 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener On the Go Answer – Readers Digest-type Condensed Version of this Article Feed your soil instead of the plants with 7-4-4 All Purpose Food Use low maintenance perennials like red salvia, Russian blue sages,…

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How to Grow Pampas Grass (Cortaderia)

09/03/2020 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Dwarf Pampas Grass blends into a desert or Mediterranean landscape well. The ivory-colored plumes reach well above the foliage and offer an architectural look around patios and ponds. Well suited as a visual barrier…

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11 Summer Flowers that Outpace the Rest

08/27/2020 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Echinacea The brightest flowers of the summer planting season wait until temperatures rise above 90 degrees to do “their thing.” Like sunbathers on a golden Lake Powell beach, summer-blooming varieties are planted when the…

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The Persistent 12 Plants Too Tough to Kill

07/31/2020 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Gardening may be one of America’s favorite hobbies, but it does have a downside:  Imagine investing dozens of hours and hundreds of dollars redecorating your bedroom, only to have it crumble to ashes in…

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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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