Ken Lain – The Mountain Gardener

Ken Lain - The Mountain Gardener

8 1/2 Steps to DIY Landscapes

You moved to the area and bought a new home. The front yard package included a tree, three shrubs, and a boulder, and the back yard is a blank slate. The front yard is often dull at best, and the back is nothing but mud in the monsoon rains; where does anyone start? There are

Ken Lain - The Mountain Gardener

11 Ornamental Grasses of Better Fall Gardens

Mountain gardens are famous for flamboyant Autumn grasses in the landscape. This is the season you’ll find the most exotic options for the gardens. From short spreading grass to big, bold pampas grass, this is their time to shine. Treat ornamental grasses like you would a tree or shrub; put them on the same irrigation

Ken Lain - The Mountain Gardener

Best Vegetables to Grow in a Fall Garden

There are lots of vegetables that grow well through the cool autumn weather. Some plants need longer days and a bit warmer soil to really get started, but all produce through the end of the year. You can start seed in August by growing your starts in a cool shady spot in the garden. We

Ken Lain - The Mountain Gardener

Best Landscape Trees by All Four Seasons

Trees are where your landscape value is. Plant them right, and your home value grows; get trees wrong, and they take over, lift patios and driveways, hide beautiful architecture, and more. Think of trees and the four seasons. Begin with trees that announce spring by blooming, then have trees that offer summer shade, autumn reds,

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The Most Popular Houseplants from A to U

Houseplants add style, color, and brightness, all while cleaning the air we breathe. Even if you’re not an experienced #PlantParent, this list of 17 houseplants thrives indoors with minimal care. Each with descriptions and how to grow in your home without killing a single one.   Aloe Vera gel from cut leaves is widely used in first aid

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Top Plants from A to O with Dazzling Foliage

Next time you hit the garden center, think leaves. Flowers come and go as the summer growing season wears on, but foliage remains vibrant nonstop. “Gardeners don’t realize foliage plants are a kaleidoscope of color, from gold and chartreuse to blue, burgundy and near black,” says Katelyn Lain-Cespede, an owner at Watters Garden Center. “Some

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