Flower Gardening

  • Getting Orchids to Bloom Again
    Pay attention to light, water and fertilizer and your phalaenopsis will rebloom.
  • How to Grow Orchids
    A comprehensive guide to orchid care
  • How to Start Seeds
    Expert advice on starting your own plants from seed.
  • How to Grow Sweet Peas from Seed
    If you want to grow flowers from seed, start with sweet peas. The large seeds are easy to manage and most varieties germinate readily. Plus, the resulting blooms are gorgeous and sweetly scented.
  • Amaryllis Care
    How to grow indoor-blooming amaryllis.
  • How to Pot an Amaryllis Bulb
    It's easy to your own. All you need is potting soil and a pot.
  • How to Grow Cyclamen
    The key to keeping cyclamen happy and healthy is to replicate their natural environment as closely as possible.
  • Seed-Starting FAQs
    Expert advice and answers to frequently asked questions about starting plants from seed.
  • Amaryllis Legends and Fun Facts
    Greek mythology brings us the story of Amaryllis, a love-struck maiden who longed for the handsome but cold-hearted Alteo.
  • Watch: Viva Planter Idea Book
    Slideshow features our self-watering Viva planters, a line that features bold color and a high-gloss finish, Photos include "recipes" for inspiring plant combinations.
  • Growing Bulbs Indoors
    When winter's chill forces the gardener to move indoors, windowsills come into bloom.
  • Fertilizer Basics
    Well-fed plants are healthier, more productive and more beautiful. This article covers the basics of why and how to fertilize your garden.
  • How to Create Sensational Pots and Planters
    Beautiful, bountiful planters depend on good soil, fertilizer and careful watering. But to take your planters from standard to sensational, you need the right plants. Start with this simple rule: Combine plants with three different habits. In other words, thrillers, fillers and spillers.
  • How to Grow Alliums
    Try a few alliums in your flower gardens this season and discover the grace and good manners of these under-appreciated perennials.
  • Peony Care
    How to plant and grow peonies.
  • How to Grow Clematis
    Every flower gardener should enjoy the pleasure of growing clematis. If you already have a plant or two in your garden, you’re probably scheming about how to squeeze in another one!
  • Cocktail Gardening
    Drinks made with just-picked herbs, fruit, and vegetables as flavorings and garnishes are the toast of the summer party season.
  • Create a Monarch Waystation
    Monarchs are in trouble because of the elimination of milkweed that used to grow in farm fields. Grow a patch of milkweed in your backyard, which will provide food for monarch caterpillars.
  • Growing Blue Hydrangeas
    You may have heard that you can change the color of a hydrangea's flowers by adjusting soil pH. But there's a little more to it than that.
  • How to Grow Coleus
    Though it has fallen in and out of favor over the past couple of centuries, coleus is popular again, and the selection is better than ever.
  • Enliven the Garden in Winter
    With a some well-placed decor and a few nature-themed ideas, you can brighten a winter landscape.
  • Fairy Gardens
    Do you believe in magic? Miniature gardens welcome wee folk to your back yard. Start with bits of bark, twigs and seeds ... and go from there.
  • A Front Yard that Handles Drought With Ease
    With tight water restrictions, traditional lawns are going from green to brown. What’s a homeowner to do? Get creative. Learn how one Los Angeles family created a front lawn that looks great, tolerates drought and welcomes pollinators – and neighbors.
  • Planter Idea Book
    To create beautiful flowering planters, it helps to pick the right plants. Browse our gallery of flowering pots, planters, hanging baskets, windowboxes and more. You’ll find plenty of inspiration – and detailed plant lists, so you can recreate the look at home.
  • Tip: Keeping Holiday Evergreens Fresh
    Tips for making fresh-cut evergreen boughs and wreaths last longer.
  • Taming the Unruly Perennial Garden
    Techniques for creating a garden that looks great all summer -- without a lot of maintenance.
  • How To: Garden Design
    How to design your dream garden.
  • Growing Lilacs
    How to plant and grow lilacs.
  • Tip: No-fuss perennials
    A list of dependable, long-lived perennials
  • When to Start Your Seeds
    Learn how to create a seed-starting schedule. By starting seeds at the proper time, you'll have strong, well-rooted transplants when spring arrives.
  • Creating Privacy
    Tips for making your backyard a little more private.
  • Gardening with the Terrazza System
    Build a landscape with modular containers.
  • The Basics: Lilies
    How to plant and grow Asiatic Lilies, Oriental Lilies and more.
  • How Plants Climb
    Climbing plants climb in particular ways: some wrap, some adhere, and some curl. Learn to recognize which plants do what, so you can choose the right kind of trellis or support.
  • When Lilacs Won't Bloom
    How to get your lilac to bloom profusely.
  • Rain Barrel How-To
    Learn how to harvest the rain—right from your roof
  • Drought-Tolerant Perennials
    Here are some of our favorite perennials that tolerate dry conditions. Drought-tolerance varies from one region to the other, so be sure to get advice from good gardeners in your area. For more ideas, check with your local Cooperative Extension office.
  • Easy Seeds for Beginners
    Starting seeds for the first time? Here's a list of seeds that are quick to germinate and don't require a lot of extra fussing.
  • Overwintering Hardy Water Lilies
    Techniques for water plants grown in tubs or pools.
  • How to Choose Trellises and Supports for Climbing Plants
    Make the most of climbing plants by providing the right kind of support.
  • How to Prune Wisteria
    Learn when and how to prune for abundant blooms.
  • Plans for Cutting Gardens
    Details for two gardens that ensure bouquets from summer to fall.
  • Grow Geraniums from Seed
    "There is no trick to growing geraniums from seed," says Valerie Ryan, who grows dozens of seedlings each year. "Patience and care is all that is needed."
  • Shred Your Leaves
    Rejoice in the piles of nutrient-rich leaves that trees generously shed every autumn — they're a gift for your garden.
  • Growing Annual Flowers from Seed
    Some annuals are especially easy to grow. Learn how.
  • The New Hardiness Map
    A useful — but not foolproof — guideline for selecting plants
  • Growing Brugmansias
    For drama in the garden, there's nothing like a brugmansia. Known as the angel's trumpet, this showstopper has 6-10" fragrant blooms. Because of all their beauty, it's worth saving a brugmansia from year to year. It's easy.
  • Planting My Bountiful, Blooming Backyard Garden
    Flower gardener and outdoor living expert Debra Prinzing says, "It seems like backyard gardeners are rediscovering cutting gardens. Thank goodness!"
  • Feed Your Plants
    There's no easier way to improve plant health, pest and disease resistance, flower and fruit production and overall beauty.
  • How to Build a Rain Garden
    Learn how to build a "rain garden," a special type of planting that's designed to capture storm runoff in a creative, beautiful way.
  • Eco-Friendly Flower-Arranging Techniques
    In recent years, it's been easier to find sustainably grown flowers for bouquets — from your florist or your backyard. Complete the picture with earth-friendly flower-arranging techniques.
  • How to Make a Hypertufa Planter
    In a few hours, you can create a planter made with hypertufa, a material that has an ancient, hand-hewn quality. Hypertufa containers are perfect for alpines, succulents, mosses and even tiny evergreens.
  • Good Question!
    Gardeners have questions — and we have answers. You'll find some of the most frequently asked questions answered here.
  • Planters for Pollinators
    When you think about what to plant in your planters and windowboxes, consider making a few containers that are designed to attract birds and butterflies. The compositions in the slideshow are sure to inspire you.
  • Invest in Daffodils
    Daffodils deliver—by far—more flowers for a longer time with less care than any other bulbs you can plant. They’ll thrive just about anywhere, and come back year after year in ever greater numbers.
  • Watch: Bottle Trees are joie de vivre on a stick
    Photos from Felder Rushing, author of "Bottle Trees and the Whimsical Art of Garden Glass."
  • Do-it-Yourself Patio Projects
    Find inspiration for updating your patio, adding curb appeal, drought-proofing your landscape, and other do-it-yourself projects. Our videos and slideshows offer step-by-step, how-to information on creative, easy and affordable ways to transform your living space.
  • Dividing Perennials
    If you have an established perennial garden that's more than two or three years old, chances are good that you have some plants out there (probably quite a few) that need your attention.
  • Growing Succulents in Containers
    For a great new look in container gardens, think succulents! These fleshy-leaved plants thrive in the simplest of pots and their distinctive shapes and colors provide endless opportunities for creativity.
  • Growing Herbs in Pots and Planters
    Two theme gardens showcase herbs, edible flowers and greens. When planted in elevated raised beds, the harvest is at a comfortable height, and often the planter can be set up right outside the kitchen door.
  • How to Build an Herb Spiral
    What's an "herb spiral"? Imagine a long garden row, about 25 feet long. Then, take that row and coil it around and upward into a spiral. This spiral now has the length of a row, but it only occupies a circle that's 6 feet in diameter.
  • Are You Ready for Roses?
    To help ensure your success with roses, we've gathered some new rose care products and some long-time customer favorites to help you get the most from your roses.
  • Vacation Watering Tips
    Here are some ways to help plants thrive while you're on vacation, so you can come home to healthy gardens and happy houseplants.
  • Capture Vibrant Flavors in an Herb Garden
    Simple syrup is an important component to many cocktails because it adds sweetness without the grit of sugar. Also great for making homemade sodas.
  • Fill Garden Gaps with Outdoor Decor
    Flowers are the stars of the garden, but what do you do when the inevitable garden gaps appear? Experienced gardeners know that it helps to have a few well-chosen ornaments on hand.
  • Using Weed Fabric
    Weed-blocking cloth keeps garden pathways looking sharp.
  • Grow Perennials from Seed
    A list of 10 easy-to-grow perennials that usually bloom in their first growing season. Complete how-to, plus seed-starting tips.
  • Heirlooms to Grow
    By planting heirloom varieties, you can start a tradition of seed-saving in your garden. Start with a few selections chosen by Diane Ott Whealy, one of the founders of the Seed Savers Exchange, who shares some of her favorite vegetables, fruits and flowers.
  • How to Grow Nasturtiums from Seed
    Nasturtiums are among the easiest flowers to grow from seed. The seeds are fairly large and they can be planted right in the garden. To get an earlier start, you can plant indoors.
  • Jazz Up Your Garden With Spring-Planted Bulbs
    Dahlias, gladiolus and other spring-planted bulbs add hot color and fragrance to any garden.
  • Flowers You Can Eat
    Learn how to grow and harvest edible flowers.
  • Introducing the GrowEase Seed Starter Kit
    The GrowEase Seed Starter Kit is a convenient, self-watering system.
  • Growing Older, Growing Smarter
    Gardening gets more difficult as we age. However, by using the right tools and techniques, gardening remains in reach at any age.
  • Digging for Truth
    Though we seek black-and-white answers for gardening questions, the truth is often a gray area. Most answers begin with the words, "It depends …."
  • Planters and Raised Beds for Butterflies
    To attract butterflies and other pollinators, simply plant flowers they love -- lots of them. The designs here feature blooms that are rich in color and nectar, ensuring that you will welcome dozens of beneficial insects -- especially butterflies.
  • Grow Lavender Anywhere
    In areas where rainfall is abundant, gardeners often struggle to grow lavender and other Mediterranean natives that require well-drained soils. The perfect solution: Create a “dry garden” in a raised bed.
  • Succulent Idea Book
    Beautiful, drought-tolerant planters feature easy-care succulents that thrive indoors and out.
  • All About Heat Zones
    Cold hardiness is not the only factor that determines whether a plant will survive in your garden or not. Too much heat can be just as damaging to a plant as too much cold.
  • Composing a Spring Bulb Garden
    How to compose a springtime garden that features wave after wave of blooms.
  • The Top 5 Watering Myths
    During the hottest part of the summer, it’s especially important to make the most of every drop of water. With so much information available it can be challenging to separate fact from fiction. Learn the five common myths about watering.
  • Gather Gifts from the Garden
    Giving a gift you've made yourself sends a message of caring to the recipient, and using homegrown materials makes it even more special. Summer is the time to gather and prepare flowers and herbs so you'll have plenty of gift-making materials.
  • Easy, Homemade 'Spa' Gifts
    Shower friends and family with garden-inspired bath and body treats using fragrant essential oils
  • This Year's Seed Holds Next Year's Garden
    Saving seeds is one of gardening's best-kept secrets. When else in life can you get something for nothing?
  • Controlling Lily Leaf Beetles
    How to keep lily leaf beetles from destroying your lilies.
  • Create a Garden That Glows at Night
    Learn how to turn your garden into a more compelling destination in the evening hours.
  • How to Grow Daylilies
    If there's a "sure bet" perennial, it must be the daylily. They thrive from Minnesota to Florida (zones 3 to 9), tolerate a wide variety of soil conditions, are not troubled by diseases or pests, and bloom faithfully for years with virtually no attention.
  • When to Water Your Plants
    Does my houseplant need water? When is it time to water the vegetable garden? To know when to water, you have to check the soil.
  • Common Flower Diseases
    Mid- to late summer is the time plant diseases become noticeable in gardens and landscapes. Some of the most common diseases found on flowers the home garden include powdery mildew, gray mold (Botrytis), and black spot.
  • Filling Flower-Garden Gaps
    If you want to keep your perennial borders looking great from May through September, you need to be prepared to fill a few holes.
  • How to Grow Dahlias
    Because there are so many varieties, choosing dahlias is much more difficult than growing them. With a little effort, you can save the tubers for another year.
  • Growing Tuberous Begonias
    With up to 8-inch, showy flowers that bloom from summer to fall, tuberous begonias provide all-season color when planted in containers and beds.
  • How to Grow Cannas
    Learn how to grow the canna lily, a tropical beauty that provides plenty of color in summer.
  • How to Grow Gladiolus
    Today's gardeners can choose from a wide range of flower forms, colors and heights, so there's certainly a gladiolus for everyone's taste.
  • How to Grow Irises
    By combining different types of irises, you can have them in bloom from early spring right into the summer.
  • Be Bold With Tulips
    When it comes to tulips, plant generously. Trench-planting method makes it easy.
  • Choosing the Right Soil for Seed Starting
    When starting seeds indoors, you don’t want to use regular potting soil. It's too heavy and dense for the delicate, hair-like roots of a newly-germinated seed.
  • How to Choose Flower Supports
    The key tools are support grids, rings, metal linking stakes, bamboo stakes and poles. If you have a few of each kind on hand, you'll be ready for the season's challenges.
  • Beyond Hostas: 10 Great Plants for Shady Gardens
    It's hard to beat hostas for shade. But, there are plenty of rugged, carefree, shade-tolerant perennials.
  • Beneficial Bugs
    Most garden visitors -- more than 95 percent -- are either beneficial or benign.
  • Attracting Butterflies, Hummingbirds and Other Pollinators
    Five ways gardeners can welcome pollinators; a list of plants that draw butterflies, hummingbirds and beneficial bees.
  • Weed Control
    Techniques for keeping weeds at bay.
  • Navigating the Midsummer Garden Doldrums
    If you and your garden have entered the midsummer doldrums, here are a few tricks to perk you both up.
  • Feed Your Soul: Plant a Cutting Garden
    Plant a garden with bouquets in mind. By choosing carefully, you can have a steady supply of blooms -- from the first daffodils of April to the last mums of November.
  • Late-Summer Flowers
    In the garden, perennials reign from May to mid-July, but annuals are the key to ensuring late-season color.
  • Success With Spring Bulbs
    No matter how large or small your garden, almost everyone has room for a few spring bulbs.
  • Overwintering Tender Plants
    If you have some fancy tropical plants in your garden this year and want to try your hand at overwintering them, you have a few options.
  • Attracting Beneficial Bees
    Planting pollen- and nectar-rich flowers is a very important way to help counter the decline in pollinator populations. Most bees are attracted to flowers for their pollen as well as their nectar.
  • Eight Steps to a Water-Wise Garden
    It's possible to dramatically reduce your consumption of water, lower your water bill and still have a beautiful, productive garden.
  • How to Grow Annual Flowers
    How to grow and wide variety of annuals.
  • Flowering Bulbs
    How to grow bulbs, from daffodils to dahlias.
  • How to Grow Perennials
    The basics of garden design, plant selection and care.
  • Success with Roses
    How to grow, select and care for roses.
  • Gardening with Wildflowers and Native Plants
    How to incorporate wildflowers and native plants into your landscape.
  • All About Pollinators
    How butterflies, bees, hummingbirds and other animals insure our gardens and crops.
  • Container Gardening
    How to successfully grow plants in containers, indoors and out.
  • Water Gardening
    Finding the site, choosing plants and fish.
  • HowTo: Greenhouse
    How to choose the type and size of greenhouse for your backyard.