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Flower Gardening

  • How to grow and wide variety of annuals.
  • How to grow, select and care for roses.
  • How to plant and grow Asiatic Lilies, Oriental Lilies and more.
  • How to grow bulbs, from daffodils to dahlias.
  • 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.
  • Peruse the annual plant awards to get a glimpse of what to expect at garden centers in spring.
  • 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.
  • It's hard to beat hostas for shade. But, there are plenty of rugged, carefree, shade-tolerant perennials.
  • 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.
  • Learn how to grow and harvest edible flowers.
  • How to keep lily leaf beetles from destroying your lilies.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Shower friends and family with garden-inspired bath and body treats using fragrant essential oils
  • Learn how to turn your garden into a more compelling destination in the evening hours.
  • How to incorporate wildflowers and native plants into your landscape.
  • How butterflies, bees, hummingbirds and other animals insure our gardens and crops.
  • How to successfully grow plants in containers, indoors and out.
  • 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 design your dream garden.
  • There's a new sort of garden in town. It's easy to install, looks good all year, requires almost no maintenance and has a very positive impact on the environment. No wonder rain gardens are such a hot gardening trend!
  • A comprehensive guide to orchid care
  • The basics of garden design, plant selection and care.
  • Finding the site, choosing plants and fish.
  • How to choose the type and size of greenhouse for your backyard.
  • Learn how to grow the canna lily, a tropical beauty that provides plenty of color in summer.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Learn how to create a seedstarting schedule. By starting seeds at the proper time, you'll have strong, well-rooted transplants when spring arrives.
  • How to plant and grow peonies.
  • Make the most of climbing plants by providing the right kind of support.
  • Some annuals are especially easy to grow. Learn how.
  • How to compose a springtime garden that features wave after wave of blooms.
  • 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.
  • When it comes to tulips, plant generously. Trench-planting method makes it easy.
  • 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!
  • Stephen Saint-Onge shows how to add relaxed ambiance and organization to any room
  • A useful — but not foolproof — guideline for selecting plants
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Techniques for creating a garden that looks great all summer -- without a lot of maintenance.
  • When winter's chill forces the gardener to move indoors, windowsills come into bloom.
  • No matter how large or small your garden, almost everyone has room for a few spring bulbs.
  • In the garden, perennials reign from May to mid-July, but annuals are the key to ensuring late-season color.
  • 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.
  • If you and your garden have entered the midsummer doldrums, here are a few tricks to perk you both up.
  • Techniques for keeping weeds at bay.
  • Saving seeds is one of gardening's best-kept secrets. When else in life can you get something for nothing?
  • 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.
  • Why do most New Year's resolutions focus on things you should do, and not things you want to do? Instead, we decided to come up with some garden resolutions that you'll want to keep!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • By combining different types of irises, you can have them in bloom from early spring right into the summer.
  • If you want to keep your perennial borders looking great from May through September, you need to be prepared to fill a few holes.
  • Weed-blocking cloth keeps garden pathways looking sharp.
  • A list of 10 easy-to-grow perennials that usually bloom in their first growing season. Complete how-to, plus seed-starting tips.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Dahlias, gladiolus and other spring-planted bulbs add hot color and fragrance to any garden.
  • A list of dependable, long-lived perennials
  • Tips for making your backyard a little more private.
  • 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.
  • How to get your lilac to bloom profusely.
  • Tips for making fresh-cut evergreen boughs and wreaths last longer.
  • 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.
  • Techniques for water plants grown in tubs or pools.
  • It's possible to dramatically reduce your consumption of water, lower your water bill and still have a beautiful, productive garden.
  • There's no easier way to improve plant health, pest and disease resistance, flower and fruit production and overall beauty.
  • Gardeners have questions — and we have answers. You'll find some of the most frequently asked questions answered here.
  • Flower gardener and outdoor living expert Debra Prinzing says, "It seems like backyard gardeners are rediscovering cutting gardens. Thank goodness!"
  • 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.
  • Build a landscape with modular containers.
  • How to grow indoor-blooming amaryllis.
  • 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.
  • 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 plant and grow lilacs successfully, with tips on preventing problems with insects and diseases.
  • The key to keeping cyclamen happy and healthy is to replicate their natural environment as closely as possible.
  • 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.
  • Most garden visitors -- more than 95 percent -- are either beneficial or benign.
  • Pay attention to light, water and fertilizer and your phalaenopsis will rebloom.
  • It's easy to your own. All you need is potting soil and a pot.
  • Five ways gardeners can welcome pollinators; a list of plants that draw butterflies, hummingbirds and beneficial bees.
  • Learn when and how to prune for abundant blooms.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Details for two gardens that ensure bouquets from summer to fall.
  • Try a few alliums in your flower gardens this season and discover the grace and good manners of these under-appreciated perennials.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • With a some well-placed decor and a few nature-themed ideas, you can brighten a winter landscape.
  • Photos from Felder Rushing, author of "Bottle Trees and the Whimsical Art of Garden Glass."
  • Drinks made with just-picked herbs, fruit, and vegetables as flavorings and garnishes are the toast of the summer party season.
  • 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 …."
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The Seedstarting Grow Kit is a convenient, self-watering system. Simply add water and the no-mess, eco-friendly coconut coir pellets expand to fill each cell.
  • Beautiful, drought-tolerant planters feature easy-care succulents that thrive indoors and out.
  • Slideshow gives highlights of the 2012 show, one of the world's largest flower shows.
  • 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.
  • Here are some ways to help plants thrive while you're on vacation, so you can come home to healthy gardens and happy houseplants.
  • Gardening gets more difficult as we age. However, by using the right tools and techniques, gardening remains in reach at any age.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Simple syrup is an important component to many cocktails because it adds sweetness without the grit of sugar. Also great for making homemade sodas.
  • 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.
  • Learn how to harvest the rain—right from your roof

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