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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

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,

Ken Lain - The Mountain Gardener

10 Mountain Plants Hard to Kill in the Garden

A good friend came into the garden center this week wanting guidance in planting a new raised bed wrapped around her house. She knew a cottage flower garden was her style but was overwhelmed by where to start. As a fellow entrepreneur, she also felt the reality of taking care of delicate plants with her

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