Thriving in the Shadows: 5 Shade-Loving Plants for Your Gardens

06/07/2024 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Looking for plants that thrive in full shade can be challenging. ‘Full shade’ refers to areas that receive less than three hours of direct sun daily and filtered sun for the rest of the…

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7 Perennial Flowers That Bloom All Summer for any Gardener

05/30/2024 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Readers Digest Condensed Version of this Article Perennials are known for resilience and longevity, but few bloom all season long. Autumn Sage, Catmint, Coral Bells Heuchera, Cranesbill Geranium, Daylily, Grace N Grit Roses, and…

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8 Chocolate-Scented Delights: Indulge Your Senses in the Garden

05/24/2024 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Imagine a garden that not only delights your eyes with vibrant colors and lush textures but also tantalizes your nose with the irresistible aroma of chocolate. While the idea might sound like a Willy…

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Five Fabulous Ways to Design with Roses

05/17/2024 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Readers Digest Condensed Version of this Article #1 Tall Roses and Climbers inject vibrant color into evergreen foundation plantings. #2 Roses grow well in large containers for years of fragrant enjoyment on patios, decks,…

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9 Tiny Flowers that Beautify Your Garden

05/09/2024 Ken Davis

By Ken Lain, the Mountain Gardener Few can resist the impressive sight of a giant sunflower or a stand of stately delphiniums in the landscape. If you’ve overlooked the appeal of tiny flowers, you’re missing out on a world of…

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Southwest to Life: 8 Stunning Plants for a Native Landscape

05/02/2024 Ken Davis

By Ken Lain, the Mountain Gardener Arizona’s enchanting landscapes, where the rugged desert meets the majestic mountains, boast over 4,000 native plants, adding vibrancy and resilience to your outdoor oasis. As you embark on your garden journey this spring, consider…

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Pot to Plate: Insider Tips to Luscious Tomatoes in Containers

04/26/2024 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Readers Digest Condensed Version of this Article Big pots is better: Tomato plants prefer 1-2 square feet of soil per plant. Bury most of your tomato seedling stem when transplanting exposing only the top…

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Butterfly-Friendly Herbs for the Garden

04/12/2024 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener With increasing awareness of the risks of certain pesticides to essential pollinators like butterflies and bees, modern gardeners are turning to plant selections that foster these beneficial insects by providing attractive habitats and food…

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Garden Wellness: 6 Super Healthy Vegetables for Easy Gardening

04/05/2024 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Readers Digest Condensed Version of this Article Carrots: Rich in beta-carotene (vitamin A) and antioxidants, they come in many varieties, including short season for continuous harvest. Chili Peppers: Hot or sweet, contain capsaicin for…

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Breathe Deeply: 10 Fragrant Roses That Will Fill Your Garden

03/28/2024 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Roses are synonymous with beauty, romance, and their captivating scent. Choosing the most fragrant roses can be overwhelming, with hundreds to choose from at the garden center this spring. Fear not, rose enthusiasts! This…

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