7 Plants You Almost Can’t Kill

06/16/2018 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Every garden needs a few plants that can handle whatever abuse we throw their way. That’s not to say we should be needlessly tough on them, but let’s face it, there are times when…

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5 Plants You (Almost) Never Have to Water

07/22/2017 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Every plant needs water, but drought-resistant varieties need only dainty sips once they’re established. They are perfect for low-rainfall areas, or low-energy gardeners. Native plants have the best chance of surviving dry summers or…

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July is National Blueberry Month

07/18/2017 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener July is National Blueberry Month, and also the month to add new blueberry plants to mountain gardens. Blueberry plants bring many attractive stages to a landscape. They are beautiful blue-foliaged plants with stunning bell-shaped…

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Plants that Thrive in Heat

07/08/2017 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Yes, cactus and succulents do beat the heat, and very welcome are the many new varieties of these garden work horses.  But there are many heat-tolerant plants that don’t look like they’ve been cultivated…

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30 Garden Tips for the Next 30 Summer Days

07/01/2017 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener These hot days of Summer, which officially started this week, may be tempting us to sit back and simply enjoy what we planted in spring.  But this is the time when we must turn…

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Flowers that Bloom through the Heat of Summer

06/23/2017 Ken Davis

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

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