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Top 10 Yellow-Flowering Plants for Your Garden – Ken Lain

Yellow flowers bring sunshine to a landscape, even on a cloudy monsoon day. There is room in virtually any garden for the many shades of yellow from spring bulbs, showy shrubs, and perennial wildflowers. Here we put together the ‘Top 10’ showiest plants that elevate any landscape to gorgeous shade to gold. Agastache brightens the

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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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Surprising Edible Plants for the Backyard – Ken Lain

Indigenous people have known many of these plants since the beginning. Here are some fun facts about local plants as tasty as they are pretty in the backyard gardens. Local Vegetable planting calendar that Works. Here is a listing of some edible perennials that may surprise you. All are available at Watters Garden Center or

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34 Perennials to Cut Back in Fall & How to Grow Them

Most perennial hibernate underground through winter. Some are downright ugly after our first hard frost and harbor pest and disease unless cut back by the end of the year. You protect these perennials for the cold months ahead and spark healthier new growth next spring by cutting back these perennials. Here are perennials to cut

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The 12 Perennial Flowers That Live the Longest

It’s frustrating to design a new flowerbed around your favorite perennial flowers, like delphiniums, Shasta daisies, and pincushion flower, only to see them peter out after three or four years. Here you have a list of perennial flowers notorious for their longevity. These are the bloomers you see in old neighborhoods, planted when the homes

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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,