Ken Lain – The Mountain Gardener

Ken Lain - The Mountain Gardener

12 Ground Covers That Provide Year-Round Color

Ground cover plants are beneficial in so many ways. The foliage provides visual interest across hills, between boulders, and down slopes. They also reduce yard maintenance by fighting erosion and suppressing weeds. Here is the definitive list for local groundcovers grown in the brutal sun or dense shade. Many offer an evergreen solution to bare

Ken Lain - The Mountain Gardener

Beginner’s Guide to Container Gardens

Before you plant a container garden, you need only four things: a container, soil, plants, and water. It can be that simple. Of course, things can get a bit complicated when keeping your plants alive and your container gardener thriving. Here are some points to help you when planting a container garden and keep it

Ken Lain - The Mountain Gardener

Tips & Tricks for New Mountain Gardeners

Many have gardened in places where the soil is rich, its pH perfectly balanced and the climate blessed with consistent rainfall, gentle sun, and plant coddling humidity. If you have dug a hole in the ground, you know mountain gardening presents the opposite of such ideal conditions. My words are limited here, but they’re enough

Ken Lain - The Mountain Gardener

Essential July Garden To-Do List

July is the ideal month to add a shade or fruit tree, a berry plant, summer flowering shrubs, and perennials to the Landscape. Plants root quickly in the warm summer soil. With the arrival of monsoon rains, plants thrive even more. The increased humidity and shade from a cloud floating over the head are a

Ken Lain - The Mountain Gardener

The 12 Perennial Flowers That Live the Longest

It’s frustrating to design a new flowerbed around your favorite perennial flowers, like delphiniums, Shasta daisies, and pincushion flower, only to see them peter out after three or four years. Here you have a list of perennial flowers notorious for their longevity. These are the bloomers you see in old neighborhoods, planted when the homes

Ken Lain - The Mountain Gardener

12 Pretty Plants With Daisy Flowers

A favorite flower of days gone by would have to be a daisy, Bellis perennis. This happy-face flower with radiating white petals around a yellow center is still identifiable to even non-gardeners. Daisies are so tough in the mountain garden, but too much white is boring and plain. We developed many daisies like bloomers that

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