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Ken Lain - The Mountain Gardener

Best Heat Tolerant Shrubs for Desert Landscapes

Shrubs can be very low maintenance, often permanent additions to the landscape. Shrubs are like big, bold perennial plants that get better year after year. You will find the summer selection of plants at the garden center like heat, sun, and drought, better than their spring cousins. For better color, fragrance, and beauty, start with

Ken Lain - The Mountain Gardener

7 Flowers to Save Monarch Butterflies

Why do you garden? Before the pandemic, the question was asked with over 2500 replays consolidated into 30 key categories based on the words of local gardeners. The purpose was to identify customer values that would become the basis for my writing calendar, garden content, and weekly garden podcast. You can guess a few, but

Ken Lain - The Mountain Gardener

10 Mountain Plants Hard to Kill in the Garden

A good friend came into the garden center this week wanting guidance in planting a new raised bed wrapped around her house. She knew a cottage flower garden was her style but was overwhelmed by where to start. As a fellow entrepreneur, she also felt the reality of taking care of delicate plants with her

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