The Best Month to Plant Wildflowers

The Best Month to Plant Wildflowers

This is the ideal month to start a new wildflower garden in 2020. Few plants in the garden deliver a more natural appearance than wildflowers.  Although true success with wildflowers is dependent upon timing, adhere to these simple tips, tricks, and techniques, and...
Preparing Garden Soils for Spring Planting

Preparing Garden Soils for Spring Planting

Once you’ve tried digging the first planting hole in a mountain garden you learn that our native soils are HARD!!  Skimp on spring soil preparation to “soften” the ground and a mountain garden’s production can drop to almost zero.  We know that the better the...
Privacy Plants and the Secret Garden

Privacy Plants and the Secret Garden

As the autumn colors drop the last of their leaves, the gardens can feel naked. Without strategically placed evergreens in the yard, it quickly feels like prying eyes look right through your home. Not only does your own privacy seemingly disappear, but that...
Top Fall Color Shrubs for Arizona Autumn

Top Fall Color Shrubs for Arizona Autumn

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Mountain landscapes are famous for their autumn colors.  This week’s column is merely a list of the best-colored plants you will find in our area that can be planted in your backyard. Of course, there are more choices,...
Landscaping Private Property Lines

Landscaping Private Property Lines

It was Robert Frost that said, “Good fences make good neighbors”.  In today’s fast-paced, noisy world we all need our privacy. Without it, we become moody, perhaps even grumpy neighbors. Sometimes it is enough just to define a line of demarcation along the...