Ken Lain – The Mountain Gardener

Ken Lain - The Mountain Gardener

Christmas Stories Behind Holiday Plants

Gardeners take a special interest in the holidays and the plants that mark the season. Pumpkins and spice start out the holiday decorating, which climaxes with Christmas and New Year plants. There is a tradition behind every plant where the stories run deep. Read on for a deeper appreciation of the holidays and the plants

Ken Lain - The Mountain Gardener

Ideas To Enhance Side Yards

Many mountain homes have a side yard that is not only long and narrow but treacherously steep. Good landscape design for such a layout is complicated at best, but when done well, it can tie the entire landscape together in a masterful manner. At our home, Lisa and I have turned our landscape lemons into

Ken Lain - The Mountain Gardener

Top 10 Evergreen Shrubs of Winter +

Autumn colors are spectacular. The colors and textures are unique to the four seasons of the mountain west. As we wrap up the last Autumn leaves, the landscape can feel naked and bare. Deciduous plants, which lose their leaves through winter, often expose you to prying eyes, vehicle glare, and a yard that feels empty.

Ken Lain - The Mountain Gardener

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

Most perennial hibernate underground through winter. Some are downright ugly after our first hard frost and harbor pest and disease unless cut back by the end of the year. You protect these perennials for the cold months ahead and spark healthier new growth next spring by cutting back these perennials. Here are perennials to cut

Ken Lain - The Mountain Gardener

7 Trees With Brilliant Fall Color + Bonus

Many mountain trees offer spectacular autumn colors, but glowing fall leaves light up only one of our four seasons. The best landscape trees shine in every growing season. Maples provide some of the best fall colors. Several are outstanding shade trees through summer, others a great source of sap for syrup, and the smallest flame

Ken Lain - The Mountain Gardener

9 Outdoor Plants That Thrive Indoors

It’s a shame to lose your tender annual plants each winter. Many are actually warm weather perennials that grow all year if brought indoors. Shade tolerant plants make excellent houseplants since homes have less light. Other conditions to consider are cooler temperatures and indoor humidity. Tropical plants brought in as houseplants may need extra attention.

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