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Why January is the Month to Plant Wildflowers – Ken Lain

This is the ideal month to start a new wildflower garden in 2023. Few plants in the garden deliver a natural appearance than wildflowers. Although true success with wildflowers depends on timing, adhere to these simple tips, tricks, and techniques, and you can paint a swathe of color across your springtime landscape. A pure wildflower

Ken Lain - The Mountain Gardener

How to Grow an Evergreen Arizona Cypress – Ken Lain

A valid Arizona native growing naturally at the 3500 to 6000-foot elevation, the Arizona Cypress is collected by conifer lovers around the globe. It is an exceptional choice for xeriscape and desert landscaping for its toughness in dry, windy climates. Often used as a living Christmas tree through the holiday season. The tree grows at

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How to Grow Clematis – Ken Lain

This Vine Is Known for Its Bold, Richly-Colored Flowers With its big, richly colored flowers, The President clematis offers great aesthetic value for its looks, alone. But as a fast-growing vine that can be trained to grow up various structures in the landscape, it has many uses that give it even more value. Like other types

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Getting the Most Out of Annual Flowers – Ken Lain

Most of us plant annual flowers because they bloom for months, giving undemanding color all season. There’s nothing like a container of annuals to brighten a porch or deck. Even though plenty of annuals are grown for their foliage, like coleus and caladiums, flowering annuals remain the most popular. Flowers we call annuals are really

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Growing More Flowers In The Garden this Spring – Ken Lain

There are lots of annuals grown for their foliage, like coleuses and caladiums. Blooming plants remain the most popular annuals. That’s because annual plants repeatedly bloom, giving undemanding joyous color throughout our warm months. They are intended to deliver season-long color and then be added to the compost pile as we head into winter. There’s


Freeze Warning above 4500 foot Elevation Monday Night 10/26

Severe Frost Alert!  Killing frost can damage summer plants through Tuesday night. Ensure plants are hydrated thoroughly. Reduce damage by covering vegetable plants, basil, and frost-sensitive flowers like marigold, zinnia, and geraniums. Protecting Plants from a Frost Cover Them – There’s nothing we can do to stop frosts and freezes from happening, but we can