Ken Lain - The Mountain Gardener

Thrilling Plants Perfect for BIG Pots – Ken Lain

Spring trees begin to bloom this issue. Trees are noble works of nature, and we are humbled by their greatness. While walking through the redwoods of California or admiring the massive structure of a Texas oak. Often, it’s as simple as pulling under the cool shade of an eastern tree-lined street. We are amazed at

Ken Lain - The Mountain Gardener

Cocktails in the Garden – Ken Lain

Raise the bar with garden-fresh ingredients that transform cocktails into signature drinks Cheers! Drinks made with just-picked herbs, fruit, and vegetables as flavorings are the toast of the party season, whether made with alcohol or not. As cocktail gardeners have grown more adventurous, the happy-hour repertoire has expanded beyond the classic sprig of spearmint for

Ken Lain - The Mountain Gardener

Keep Away Mosquitoes, Flies & Spiders with these Plants – Ken Lain

Keeping them away from your immediate vicinity is a top priority when it comes to the inevitable face-off between you and bugs. There are pesticides and bug traps, but these plants reduce the need for many chemicals around the patio. Plants are in the business of repelling insects as a natural way of defending themselves.

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A Healthy Evergreen Anyone Can Grow – Ken Lain

Photo: Garden Sanders has over 69 different herbs in the gardens, Rosemary is a favorite. Its Latin name, Rosmarinus officinalis, means ‘dew of the sea,’ most associated with healthy Mediterranean cooking. Imagine tumbling Rosemary growing over a wall and spreading across a desert rock lawn. Ideally, this rugged mountain gem is planted over garden walls,

Ken Lain - The Mountain Gardener

Ideas To Enhance Side Yards

Many mountain homes have a side yard that is not only long and narrow but treacherously steep. Good landscape design for such a layout is complicated at best, but when done well, it can tie the entire landscape together in a masterful manner. At our home, Lisa and I have turned our landscape lemons into

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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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