Ken Lain – The Mountain Gardener

Ken Lain - The Mountain Gardener

How to Grow Better Prickly Pear Cactus – Ken Lain

Large, beautiful yellow flowers rest on the outer edges of spine-covered pads. The pads often turn a rich purple color in winter and return to a soft blue-gray through the growing season. An excellent choice for year-round beauty in arid xeric landscapes or containers. Perennial evergreen at all elevations. The stems are flat paddle-like segments

Ken Lain - The Mountain Gardener

Houseplants That Are Straight-Up Cute – Ken Lain

Not every home has room for the showy plants gardeners obsess over, like Monstara, Fiddle Leaf Figs, and Alocasia. There are so many adorable little plants that are perfect for tiny spaces. Grow miniatures when you have limited room in your home for large, towering houseplants. Having only giant plants in your house can be

Ken Lain - The Mountain Gardener

Pretty Ground Covers That Love Summer Heat – Ken Lain

Groundcover for the mountains of Arizona needs to be tough, like the sun, take wind, adapt to hard soil, and still thrive. In the yard, surrounded by rock is not for every plant, but here are the top 10 on the list. These plants have everything, vibrant flowers, festive berries, attractive foliage, a pleasant aroma,

Ken Lain - The Mountain Gardener

7 Flowers That Attract Monarch Butterflies – Ken Lain

How to attract more butterflies into the gardens was this week’s most-asked question from friends, family, and garden center customers.  Because butterflies have their favorite foods, the answer is the same whether you are in a town home, cabin in the pines, or the newest track home on the block:  it all comes down to

Ken Lain - The Mountain Gardener

12 Low-Maintenance Landscape Tips & Tricks – Ken Lain

Every landscape needs some upkeep. Many are labors of love for the outdoors, nature, and all plants that grow in the yard. Water by hand and mowing take up large amounts of time and resources. Weeding and pruning require seasonal time and energy as well. Many ornamental plants need care to keep them looking vivacious

Ken Lain - The Mountain Gardener

Growing 5 Different Garden Lavenders – Ken Lain

Lavenders can be overwhelming, with over 17 mountain hardy varieties sold here at Watters Garden Center. With this simple guide, you will be a garden expert on this fragrant mountain herb. Purple an Expert can Spot Lavenders grown in the mountains of Arizona are grouped into six main types: English, French, Spanish, Sweet, Fern leaf,

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