How to Grow Yarrow

05/20/2020 Ken Davis

By Ken Lain, the mountain gardener A fuss-free, heat-loving bloomer with large clusters of canary yellow flowers held above ferny, grey foliage, just stunning. Sunny borders and rock gardens are perfect or planted in a mass to create a bold…

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15 Outdoor Plants You Can’t Kill

04/19/2019 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener The best outdoor potted plants.  Flowers that are hard to kill. What are the best low maintenance plants? Plants that survive winter. What plants are easy to grow outside? Plants for people with black…

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Protect Landscapes from Wildfire

06/25/2015 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Residents new to the mountains want to get back-to-nature, find solitude, and escape the rat race.  Locally we call this the urban-wild land interface. However, with a woodland lifestyle come risks.  For instance, this…

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9 Easy Steps Towards Spring

11/23/2012 Ken Lain, mountain gardener

Before I get into gardening I have to tell you that Yavapai Regional Medical Center is awesome! Lisa and I had to spend most of Wednesday at the hospital fixing her broken arm. (If you recall, I mentioned that she…

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Perfect Fall Weather is a Garden’s Best Friend

11/14/2012 Ken Lain, mountain gardener

Enjoy the nice weather and complete those fall garden tasks, for the days of chilled air and a desire to stay indoors will sneak up on us gardeners. The last week of October typically sees 30-degree weather, with mountain temps…

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Desert Plants for Mountain Landscape

11/13/2012 Ken Lain, mountain gardener

Seasonal residents are back up to their mountain summer homes and gardens. It has been so nice in the deserts that they stayed an extra few weeks to enjoy spring at the lower elevations. Many of our summer-only neighbors try…

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