8 Chocolate-Scented Delights: Indulge Your Senses in the Garden

05/24/2024 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Imagine a garden that not only delights your eyes with vibrant colors and lush textures but also tantalizes your nose with the irresistible aroma of chocolate. While the idea might sound like a Willy…

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9 Tiny Flowers that Beautify Your Garden

05/09/2024 Ken Davis

By Ken Lain, the Mountain Gardener Few can resist the impressive sight of a giant sunflower or a stand of stately delphiniums in the landscape. If you’ve overlooked the appeal of tiny flowers, you’re missing out on a world of…

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Southwest to Life: 8 Stunning Plants for a Native Landscape

05/02/2024 Ken Davis

By Ken Lain, the Mountain Gardener Arizona’s enchanting landscapes, where the rugged desert meets the majestic mountains, boast over 4,000 native plants, adding vibrancy and resilience to your outdoor oasis. As you embark on your garden journey this spring, consider…

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Rose Power Up! 5 Plants for Roses that Thrive

04/18/2024 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Readers Digest Condensed Version of this Article Roses Hate being in the same garden with large trees and shrubs that shade, vegetables that attract insects and disease, grasses and their roots, peonies and dahlia,…

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New Forsythia Discovered for 2024 Gardens

03/15/2024 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener A unique plant explicitly grown for this weekend’s Spring Open House is SpringShine Forsythia. Gardeners will drool over this 2024 introduction. Better than your grandfather’s forsythia. Springshine delivers years of instant cheer to your…

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What happens when Plants are Dormant

01/19/2024 Ken Davis

By Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Those new to the four seasons of Northern Arizona: Autumn is a time of intense transition in the yard. Leaves fall off deciduous trees, and flowering perennials bloom one last time before fading underground…

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Top 10 Ground Covers & 9 Places To Plant Them

12/15/2023 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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Perennials to Cut Back in Autumn & How to Grow Them

10/31/2023 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Most perennial hibernate underground through winter. Some are downright ugly after our first hard frost and harbor pest and disease unless cut back by the end of the year. You protect these perennials for…

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Top 10 Tall Plants for Stunning Containers

09/06/2023 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Tall potted plants can turn ordinary container gardens into works of art. They add height, variety, and a little drama to mixed containers. But grouping plants in containers takes a finesse. The general formula…

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12 Medicinal Plants of Arizona with Herbal Uses

08/23/2023 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Arizona is well past its 100th anniversary as a state and all grown up. Pioneers to the territory needed to be resourceful, work hard, and figure out how to work with the land, including…

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