My name is Kelli Lage, and I garden and farm alongside my husband, Ryan, in Iowa. I began gardening five years ago when I met Ryan. He knows the ins and outs to planting and has shared his vast knowledge with me over time. My favorite part is being able to tend to the earth with someone I love and seeing new life come forth.
Black-eye Susans (Rudbeckia fulgida, Zones 4–9) are the epitome of cheery summer flowers..
Marigolds (Tagetes erecta, annual) are one of the toughest annuals out there, producing their sunny yellow blooms no matter what.
Clearly Kelli and Ryan know how to grow tomatoes. My mouth is watering!
Rosy apples fresh from the tree.
Dew on a fragrant rose.
A variety of bright annuals blooming together. A pink zonal geranium (Pelargonium hybrid, annual) in the back and a purple cape primrose (Streptocarpus hybrid) mix with the yellow marigolds.
Looking up at the front door of the house over the bright flowers of a begonia and a geranium.
Zinnias (Zinnia elegans, annual) come in nearly every color of the rainbow except blue. If you want to save seeds from your zinnias to grow again next year, be sure to collect seeds from your favorite plants to ensure that the colors and forms you like best are in next year’s crop of flowers.
A delicate, old-fashioned-looking rose with soft pink petals.
A bumblebee fuels up on a purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea, Zones 3–9). This type of bloom is what is called a composite flower. What looks like one flower is actually many tiny flowers packed tightly together. Each of the tiny little pink spikes is actually a small, individual flower, each with pollen and nectar for bees and other pollinators.
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