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Flower Gardening

  • Pay attention to light, water and fertilizer and your phalaenopsis will rebloom.
  • A comprehensive guide to orchid care
  • Expert advice on starting your own plants 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.
  • How to grow indoor-blooming amaryllis.
  • It's easy to your own. All you need is potting soil and a pot.
  • The key to keeping cyclamen happy and healthy is to replicate their natural environment as closely as possible.
  • Expert advice and answers to frequently asked questions about starting plants from seed.
  • Greek mythology brings us the story of Amaryllis, a love-struck maiden who longed for the handsome but cold-hearted Alteo.
  • 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.
  • When winter's chill forces the gardener to move indoors, windowsills come into bloom.
  • Well-fed plants are healthier, more productive and more beautiful. This article covers the basics of why and how to fertilize your garden.
  • 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.
  • Try a few alliums in your flower gardens this season and discover the grace and good manners of these under-appreciated perennials.
  • How to plant and grow peonies.
  • 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!
  • Drinks made with just-picked herbs, fruit, and vegetables as flavorings and garnishes are the toast of the summer party season.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • With a some well-placed decor and a few nature-themed ideas, you can brighten a winter landscape.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • A useful — but not foolproof — guideline for selecting plants
  • Simple syrup is an important component to many cocktails because it adds sweetness without the grit of sugar. Also great for making homemade sodas.
  • Learn how to grow the canna lily, a tropical beauty that provides plenty of color in summer.
  • 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 …."
  • Gardeners have questions — and we have answers. You'll find some of the most frequently asked questions answered here.
  • Five ways gardeners can welcome pollinators; a list of plants that draw butterflies, hummingbirds and beneficial bees.
  • 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.
  • Shower friends and family with garden-inspired bath and body treats using fragrant essential oils
  • 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.
  • By combining different types of irises, you can have them in bloom from early spring right into the summer.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Weed-blocking cloth keeps garden pathways looking sharp.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Learn when and how to prune for abundant blooms.
  • 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.
  • A list of 10 easy-to-grow perennials that usually bloom in their first growing season. Complete how-to, plus seed-starting tips.
  • "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."
  • 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.
  • Photos from Felder Rushing, author of "Bottle Trees and the Whimsical Art of Garden Glass."
  • Most garden visitors -- more than 95 percent -- are either beneficial or benign.
  • Learn how to harvest the rain—right from your roof
  • 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.
  • Beautiful, drought-tolerant planters feature easy-care succulents that thrive indoors and out.
  • Saving seeds is one of gardening's best-kept secrets. When else in life can you get something for nothing?
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Details for two gardens that ensure bouquets from summer to fall.
  • The GrowEase Seed Starter Kit is a convenient, self-watering system.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Learn how to turn your garden into a more compelling destination in the evening hours.
  • 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.
  • Here are some ways to help plants thrive while you're on vacation, so you can come home to healthy gardens and happy houseplants.
  • Techniques for keeping weeds at bay.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • In the garden, perennials reign from May to mid-July, but annuals are the key to ensuring late-season color.
  • How to incorporate wildflowers and native plants into your landscape.
  • It's possible to dramatically reduce your consumption of water, lower your water bill and still have a beautiful, productive garden.
  • 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.
  • There's no easier way to improve plant health, pest and disease resistance, flower and fruit production and overall beauty.
  • How to plant and grow lilacs successfully, with tips on preventing problems with insects and diseases.
  • How to design your dream garden.
  • How to keep lily leaf beetles from destroying your lilies.
  • No matter how large or small your garden, almost everyone has room for a few spring bulbs.
  • Learn how to grow and harvest edible flowers.
  • How to compose a springtime garden that features wave after wave of blooms.
  • 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.
  • Dahlias, gladiolus and other spring-planted bulbs add hot color and fragrance to any 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.
  • The basics of garden design, plant selection and care.
  • 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.
  • How to choose the type and size of greenhouse for your backyard.
  • 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.
  • Tips for making your backyard a little more private.
  • It's hard to beat hostas for shade. But, there are plenty of rugged, carefree, shade-tolerant perennials.
  • 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.
  • How to successfully grow plants in containers, indoors and out.
  • How to get your lilac to bloom profusely.
  • How butterflies, bees, hummingbirds and other animals insure our gardens and crops.
  • Techniques for water plants grown in tubs or pools.
  • 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.
  • Techniques for creating a garden that looks great all summer -- without a lot of maintenance.
  • Finding the site, choosing plants and fish.
  • Some annuals are especially easy to grow. Learn how.
  • When it comes to tulips, plant generously. Trench-planting method makes it easy.
  • Flower gardener and outdoor living expert Debra Prinzing says, "It seems like backyard gardeners are rediscovering cutting gardens. Thank goodness!"
  • Build a landscape with modular containers.
  • How to grow and wide variety of annuals.
  • Make the most of climbing plants by providing the right kind of support.
  • How to grow, select and care for roses.
  • 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.
  • Gardening gets more difficult as we age. However, by using the right tools and techniques, gardening remains in reach at any age.
  • If you and your garden have entered the midsummer doldrums, here are a few tricks to perk you both up.
  • A list of dependable, long-lived perennials
  • 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 plant and grow Asiatic Lilies, Oriental Lilies and more.
  • 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.
  • How to grow bulbs, from daffodils to dahlias.
  • Tips for making fresh-cut evergreen boughs and wreaths last longer.
  • Learn how to create a seedstarting schedule. By starting seeds at the proper time, you'll have strong, well-rooted transplants when spring arrives.
  • 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.

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