Ken Lain – The Mountain Gardener

Ken Lain - The Mountain Gardener

2020 Roses Best in Show

The mountains of Arizona are famous for easy-care roses. Because of the dry air and alkaline soils, we grow a better, brighter, more fragrant rose without the disease and insect issues that plague gardens in high-humidity states. Every garden deserves at least one rose bush, whether in the ground, raised bed, or a container. 4

Ken Lain - The Mountain Gardener

8 Colorful Plants for Hanging Baskets

Because most hanging planters are suspended at eye level, sometimes higher, not all flowers are ideal. Many upright plants, especially those with flowers at the top, don’t look great when viewed from this angle. For hanging baskets and the edge container gardens, the best options are plants that look good naturally when viewed from the

Ken Lain - The Mountain Gardener

5 Tricks for Growing Better Tomatoes in Pots

Tomatoes continue to rate among the top summer plants in gardens. This is such a large plant, they are challenging to grow in small containers. Here are five insider tips to growing better tomatoes in containers. Containers are ideal for tomatoes for a multitude of reasons. When unfavorable weather is expected, your baby plant can

Ken Lain - The Mountain Gardener

The Most Beautiful Mountain Flowers in the Garden

Some flowers capture the imagination like no other. Their sheer beauty makes them iconic, transporting gardeners in the remembrance of garden weddings, tropical destinations, and secret forests. These flowers may seem exotic, but many can be grown right here in the mountains of Arizona. Here are the most beautiful flowers you can grow in local

Ken Lain - The Mountain Gardener

Fast Vegetables for Impatient Gardeners

Impatient gardeners want vegetables that grow fast! Discouragement sets in while waiting for the tomato and pepper harvest. Supplement with these fast-growing vegetables, and you will be picking fresh vegetables in just a few weeks.  Succession plant every other week for a continual supple of healthy goodness the entire year. Here are the nine plants

Ken Lain - The Mountain Gardener

The Best Small Trees for Tiny Yards

We don’t all have room for a mighty Maple or the outstretched branches of a native Sycamore in our backyard. After this article, you will have the fantastic few that outshine the rest in today’s modern yard. Whether you are looking for shade or springs bright colors in your yard, these trees mature below 25

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