Five Water-wise Flowers You Can’t Kill

08/10/2017 Ken Davis

by Lisa Watters-Lain, Arizona’s garden gal Your yard doesn’t have to look like the Sahara Desert  in order to have a low-maintenance and water- wise landscape. You can have a summer garden that is full of beautiful, colorfully flowering plants…

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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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Tough Flowers that are Pretty

06/07/2017 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener The word xeriscape doesn’t mean zero landscaping. Rather, it comes from the Greek word xeros,   which means dry. Flower gardeners may turn up their noses at the idea of xeriscaping, thinking they have to…

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Recipes for preparing Prickly Pear Cactus Pads

05/03/2016 Ken Lain, mountain gardener

Prickly Pear Creole 2 cups of diced cactus – remove spine with a knife first 1 pound of hamburger (cooked and drained) 6 ounces of tomato paste 1 cup of water 2 diced Jalapeño pepper
s 6 1/2 ounces of canned shrimp…

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40 Waterwise Plants and Natives by Flower Color

04/30/2016 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener We’ve all seen  dreary, low-water landscapes. Though well-intentioned, the only color is gray to gray-green, with plants that look brittle and bone-dry. But water-wise gardens can be vibrant, colorful, and yes, even lush-looking. Although…

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Top 10 Indestructible Plants, Go Ahead . . . I Dare You!

06/05/2015 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 places in…

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Timeless Beauty® Desert Willow

09/09/2013 Ken Lain, mountain gardener

30 second plant tip of the day – Timeless Beauty® Desert Willow Chilopsis linearis: This unique selection is prized for an especially long flowering period, since it does not set seed. Large, fragrant bi-colored burgundy and pale lavender blooms appear…

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Red Yucca

06/14/2013 Ken Lain, mountain gardener

30 second plant tip of the day – Red Yucca in the landscape

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Low Maintenance Plants for Easy Care Landscaping

06/14/2013 Ken Lain, mountain gardener

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if you could enjoy an attractive, colorful garden without spending all of your free time working at it? It can be done, and all it takes is some knowledge about the right plants to use and…

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Hardy Lantana

06/12/2013 Ken Lain, mountain gardener

30 second plant tip of the day – Miss Huff Hardy Lantana

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