Refreshing Poolside Landscapes for the Perfect Patio

08/11/2022 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener There are as many ways to landscape around the pool as possible styles and shapes of pools. Formal styles show off the pool as part of your home’s architecture. Whatever your style, you need…

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A Mountain Evergreen that Grows FAST!

05/05/2022 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener The Deodar cedar, Cedrus deodara, is an evergreen conifer favored for its gracefully drooping branches. It is often used as a specimen tree on large properties and parks, often used to line streets. This…

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Dramatic Weeping Trees for Any Garden

03/16/2022 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Redbud The branches of a weeping tree gracefully flow and draw style into your garden. Many weeping varieties have “pendulum” or “pendula” in their name, stemming from the Latin pendula, meaning “hang down.” Weeping…

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9 Places for the Best Desert Groundcovers

12/15/2021 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener What are the best ground cover plants for desert landscapes? Drought tolerant ground cover you can walk on. Where should you plant ground cover? Arizona ground cover plants. Xeriscape ground cover Neon Sedum Creeping…

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Wildflowers for Christmas & Other Gifts for Gardeners

12/08/2021 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener How do you grow wildflowers from seed? When should wildflower seeds be planted? How do you plant wildflower seed? Gift ideas for gardeners. The best wildflower seed mixes. Watters gift cards as stocking stuffers.…

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Ideas To Enhance Side Yards

11/18/2021 Ken Davis

By Ken Lain, the mountain gardener  Many mountain homes have a side yard that is not only long and narrow but treacherously steep. Good landscape design for such a layout is complicated at best, but when done well, it can…

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Insider Secrets Your Landscaper Won’t Share

10/06/2021 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener What is the first thing to do when landscaping? Landscaping tips for beginners. How can I make my landscaping look professional? Landscaping tips for natural curb appeal. Landscaping advice near me. Readers Digest Condensed…

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8 1/2 Steps to DIY Landscapes

09/16/2021 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener What are the steps to landscape design? How to landscape a front yard. How do I design my own landscape? Step by step landscaping. Landscape steps on a slope. How do you start landscaping…

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11 Ornamental Grasses for Better Fall Gardens

09/10/2021 Ken Davis

by Lisa Watters-Lain, Arizona’s garden gal Can decorative grasses be planted in the fall? Most popular ornamental grass. Do ornamental grasses need to be cut back in Autumn? Drought tolerant grasses. What ornamental grasses stay green year round? Ornamental grass…

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Best Landscape Trees by All Four Seasons

08/25/2021 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener What are the best trees for landscaping? Popular ornamental trees. What types of trees grow all year round? Best trees for backyard. What are the best trees to plant in a small front yard?…

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