Surprising Edible Plants for the Backyard

06/23/2022 Ken Davis

By Ken Lain, the mountain gardener This is a rather interesting list of plants used to dress up and decorate the garden, and surprisingly tasty. Indigenous people have known many of these plants since the beginning. Here are some fun…

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8 Pretty Plants with Daisy Flowers only Better

06/15/2022 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener A favorite flower of days gone by would have to be a daisy, Bellis perennis. This happy-face flower with radiating white petals around a yellow center is still identifiable to even non-gardeners. Daisies are…

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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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34 Perennials to Cut Back in Fall & How to Grow Them

11/02/2021 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener What perennials should not be cut back in the autumn? Pruning Perennials. Should all perennials be cut back in the fall? Can you cut back perennials before frost? When should perennials be cut back…

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11 Fall Tips for Better Gardens

10/15/2021 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Flowers to plant in fall for spring. Preparing gardens for Autumn. How to enrich a garden in fall? When to clean up the garden. What should I put on my garden in the fall?…

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Best Perennial Flowers for June and Beyond

06/04/2021 Ken Davis

by Lisa Watters-Lain, Arizona’s garden gal Can I still plant perennials in June? What is the longest blooming perennial? What flowers bloom all summer and come back every year? There are two types of flowers,  perennials, and annuals.  Annuals bloom…

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Mosquitoes, Flies & Spiders are No Match for these Plants

05/26/2021 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener What plants keep mosquitoes and bugs away? Plants that repel aphids. Citronella plant. What plants repel bugs ants roaches? Perennial plants that repel mosquitoes. What indoor plants keep bugs away? Shade plants that repel…

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10 Ways to an Easy Garden

09/04/2020 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener On the Go Answer – Readers Digest-type Condensed Version of this Article Feed your soil instead of the plants with 7-4-4 All Purpose Food Use low maintenance perennials like red salvia, Russian blue sages,…

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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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Perennial Flowers that Show Off for Years

04/24/2020 Ken Davis

Enjoy Summer-Long Color With These Long-Blooming Favorites By Ken Lain, the mountain gardeners Beautiful spring days draw gardeners into their backyards for a soft launch away from isolation, cabin fever, and the joy of fresh air.  I am a flower…

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