How to Grow California Poppy

04/22/2022 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener California poppy, Eschscholzia californica, are vibrant little flowers that grow in vacant lots and roadsides with no care. California poppies bloom throughout the mountains of Arizona in late Spring to early Summer. These festive…

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How to Grow Vanderwolf Pine

11/01/2021 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Vanderwolf is related to Arizona Pinion Pine by produces fluffy foliage that resembles a blue Cedar from a distance. It is remarkably resilient in dry Arizona soils. Makes a very graceful single specimen for…

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How to Grow Camellias

11/01/2021 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Vivid rose-colored blossoms reach 2-3 inches wide with petals radiating out from a center of contrasting golden stamens. Ice Angle Camellia deserves front yard stature or admired on a patio or deck. Brings glossy…

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How to Grow English Ivy

11/01/2021 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener The only evergreen vine that stays green in shady gardens. Large lustrous foliage stays waxed green through winter, forming a lush blanketing groundcover under large shrubs and trees. Quickly climbs walls, pillars, arbors, and…

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How to Grow Coneflower Echinacea

09/03/2021 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Vibrant blooms on upright stems top this sturdy, compact plant. A fuss-free, cheerful choice for a sunny, easy-care low summer border. Drought tolerant and hardy, with prolific flowering over an exceptionally long season. These…

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How to Grow Flowering Penta

06/28/2021 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Pentas plants are annual mountain flowers tailor-made for butterflies. The nectar-rich flowers grow in clusters over several seasons in vibrant red, pink, and purple irresistible to butterflies. Clusters of many shallow blooms provide easy…

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How to Grow Redbud Trees

02/25/2021 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the Mountain Gardener Celebrate the end of winter with an explosion of pink blossoms. At just 16′ feet tall, this local native is super easy to grow. Vibrant, red flowers cloak the branches of early spring. Luscious…

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How to Grow Creeping Rosemary

02/25/2021 Ken Davis

The Tasty Evergreen Anyone Can Grow by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Imagine growing Rosemary that tumbling over a wall or spreading across a dry rock lawn. This tough little gem is the perfect plant for garden walls, pots, banks,…

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How to Grow Pansy

02/25/2021 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Giant 3″ flowers thrive in extreme March gardens. Large, velvety blooms dazzle with radiant colors of blue, violet, yellow, and variations of stripes that look like smiling faces and love being planted in late…

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How to Grow Forsythia

02/25/2021 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener This gorgeous shrub explodes with masses of solar yellow flowers followed by shiny green leaves. Every home should have one for sheer beauty, fall color, and gentle natural care. Forsythias are a genus of…

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