Top Plants from A to O with Dazzling Foliage

08/13/2021 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Best Types of Foliage Plants. Large leaf outdoor plants. Leafy outdoor plant names. Foliage plant care. Large leaf tropical plants. Best Plants for Colorful Foliage. Hosta Next time you hit the garden center, think…

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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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What Happens when Plants are Dormant

12/30/2020 Ken Davis

By Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Those new to the four seasons of Northern Arizona: Autumn is a time of intense transition in the yard. Leaves fall off deciduous trees, and flowering perennials bloom one last time before fading underground…

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Rabbit Proof Plants for Mountain Gardens

10/02/2020 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Not all baby bunnies are cute, especially when they eat a new Euonymus to the ground or wipe out those pretty pansies and tulips! Jackrabbits are born with a full coat of hair and…

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Fun Plants to Grow with Kids

08/20/2020 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener It’s my grandmother’s fault! Tomatoes warmed by the afternoon sun eaten ripe with saltshaker in hand, is how my grandmother enticed me into her gardens. Honestly, she often scolded me for leaving the kitchen…

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The Persistent 12 Plants Too Tough to Kill

07/31/2020 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Gardening may be one of America’s favorite hobbies, but it does have a downside:  Imagine investing dozens of hours and hundreds of dollars redecorating your bedroom, only to have it crumble to ashes in…

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9 Plants that Repel Mosquitoes, Flies & Spiders

07/23/2020 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener On the Go Answer – Readers Digest-type Condensed Version of this Article Use Plants around patios, decks, and doors to repel insects. Moist foliage of herbal plants releases essential oils that repel bugs. Mosquitoes…

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2020 Gardener’s New Year Resolutions

12/27/2019 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Garden Alert! Frozen soils can take a noticeable toll on the landscape. The heaving of the earth breaks tender new roots and causes the roots of some plants to come right up out of…

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Best Tips for Bringing Outside Plants In

10/18/2019 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Many plants are hardy enough to bloom right through winter. Garden Centers are stocked full of these winter bloomers like Kale, pansy, viola, snapdragons, and more. Kale in the Garden Frosty nights does not…

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Mediterranean Flowers that Thrive Locally

04/12/2019 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener The mountains of Arizona have so many sunny days with moderate temperatures that people rarely need to wear more than light jackets.  Mild winters and dry hot summers, both with low humidity and irregular…

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