Getting the Most Out of Annual Flowers

03/30/2022 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Readers Digest Condensed Version of this Article Look for young, bushy plants just starting to set flowers. Get them in containers or the ground ASAP. Water immediately after planting. Feed every 2-Weeks with Flower…

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Best Annuals to Grow from Seed

02/02/2022 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener A handful of flower seeds starts an entire garden full of color, fragrance, butterflies, and joy. Starting seeds in the garden is easy, though it does require some planning and patience. The seed shortage…

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How to Grow Flowering Penta

06/28/2021 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Pentas plants are annual mountain flowers tailor-made for butterflies. The nectar-rich flowers grow in clusters over several seasons in vibrant red, pink, and purple irresistible to butterflies. Clusters of many shallow blooms provide easy…

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Flowers for Backyard Parties that Fight Back Insects

05/13/2021 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener What plants do not attract bugs? Flowers that don’t attract bugs. Do marigolds repel insects? Plants that repel bugs. What plants are good to keep mosquitoes and flies away? Insect repellent plants vegetable garden.…

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Reading a Seed Packet for Better Plants this Spring

03/12/2021 Ken Davis

How to buy seed for the garden. How to read flower, herb, and vegetable packets inside and out. How to plant Sweet Peas from seed. by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener There is a lot of information on a seed…

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9 Annual Flowers To Thrive in Hot Sunlight

07/17/2020 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Clockwise – Zinnia, Nierembergia, Verbena Readers Digest-type Condensed Version of this Article Annual flowers never have a chance to develop an extensive root system. Premium Mulch helps sustain most plants and keeps away the…

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42 Best-Smelling Flowers for Mountain Landscapes

05/12/2018 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Scented flowers bring another dimension of enjoyment to the garden. Some flowers are lightly scented and need to be close to appreciate. Other plants engulf the entire yard in their perfume—think of Spring’s lilacs…

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What Exactly is a Perennial Plant??

06/11/2016 Ken Davis

By  Ken Lain, the mountain gardener One of the top questions we get here at the garden center is what’s the difference between an annual and a perennial??  It causes great confusion among novice, but you will quickly become a…

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Heat Loving Plants and Vibrant Lawns

07/21/2012 Ken Lain, mountain gardener

It’s been ages since the last spring snow when it seemed as if our pansies would keep blooming forever. These days, working the garden during the heat of the day, you end up as hot and sweaty as your uncle’s…

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