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Ken Lain - The Mountain Gardener

10 Easy-to-Grow Plants Anyone Can Grow – Ken Lain

Mountain landscapes offer diverse four seasons of tremendous plants. Because of the cool summers, you have far more choices the desert dwellers only dream of. It can be overwhelming with where to start. Start with this list of easy-to-grow plants for local landscapes. We chose two for each type of plant as a starting point.

Ken Lain - The Mountain Gardener

Top 10 Evergreen Shrubs of Winter +

Autumn colors are spectacular. The colors and textures are unique to the four seasons of the mountain west. As we wrap up the last Autumn leaves, the landscape can feel naked and bare. Deciduous plants, which lose their leaves through winter, often expose you to prying eyes, vehicle glare, and a yard that feels empty.

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

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

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