Ken Lain – The Mountain Gardener

Ken Lain - The Mountain Gardener

8 Flowering Trees for March Planting

Flowering trees are among the most prized specimens of the yard, making a bold statement that heralds the return of Spring. Trees form the backbone of the landscape, but flowering trees add pizazz to a yard in a way few plants can match. “A true conservationist is a man who knows the world is not

Ken Lain - The Mountain Gardener

The 2021 Definition of Gardening??

Gardening ebbs and flows as a cultural topic. Since last year plants, gardens, natural and organic are part of our vocabulary. The wave is so strong you now find natural words like organic in ads for hard seltzer between downs during the Super Bowl. Why the resurgence of gardening, and what does it all mean???

Ken Lain - The Mountain Gardener

Exceptional Houseplants Anyone Can Keep Alive Indoors

The internet is filled with exotic tales of hard to find plants that are even harder to keep alive. Yes, we do have most of these unusual plants, but this column is dedicated to the new home gardener just starting out. It’s best to start with easy to care for plants. This is even more

Ken Lain - The Mountain Gardener

2021 Garden Trends You’ll See at the Garden Center

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, 2020 was an unprecedented year, to say the least. Despite the COVID-induced problems, stay at home orders created a massive demand for gardening. An estimated 18 million new gardeners entered the category nationwide in 2020. That trend is expected to continue and grow in 2021. In Prescott, Watters

Ken Lain - The Mountain Gardener

9 Evergreen Shrubs Planted in February for Small Gardens

When you think of small evergreen shrubs, do you have an image in your mind of small, rather uninteresting lumps of green dotting the yard? Well, you shouldn’t. There are plenty of lush bushes that are colorful and interesting. It’s just a matter of knowing which grows best in the mountains of Arizona. My list

Ken Lain - The Mountain Gardener

Evergreens Make A Garden Look Better

Thanks to its versatility, boxwood can fit into any landscape, whether a formal or casual design. In winter’s sparse garden, this shrub’s bold shape, vibrant green color, and air of old-world formality can dominate the scene. In summer, when the garden is in full bloom, it blends into the lushness, providing shape and structure. There are

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