Ken Lain – The Mountain Gardener

Ken Lain - The Mountain Gardener

12 Pretty Plants With Daisy Flowers

A favorite flower of days gone by would have to be a daisy, Bellis perennis. This happy-face flower with radiating white petals around a yellow center is still identifiable to even non-gardeners. Daisies are so tough in the mountain garden, but too much white is boring and plain. We developed many daisies like bloomers that

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

Best Perennial Flowers for June and Beyond

There are two types of flowers,  perennials, and annuals.  Annuals bloom non-stop the entire season we spend outdoors, then fade in the winter cold. Perennials usually have a shorter bloom cycle but come back year after year for decades of garden enjoyment. June is when you will find the most variety of perennial flowers at

Ken Lain - The Mountain Gardener

Mosquitoes, Flies & Spiders are No Match for these Plants

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

Ken Lain - The Mountain Gardener

9 Flowers Hummingbirds Can’t Resist

Lisa and I were sitting in the front courtyard this week watching the antics of ‘our’ hummingbirds. They were enjoying water from the fountains and sipping nectar from the 30+ pots of flowers. Yes, all the flower color, sparkling water, and fresh air were compiled for a romantic getaway in our own front yard. We

Ken Lain - The Mountain Gardener

Flowers for Backyard Parties that Fight Back Insects

Bugs wreak havoc on flowers leaving frustrated gardeners to ponder whether to fight back with chemical pesticides, organic poultices, or angry machete chops. However, even if you’ve lost the battle with bugs this season, you can win the war by planting flowers that insects find unpalatable. These flowers naturally repel insects due to soapy sap,

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