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Flower Gardening

  • Getting Moth 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 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
    Few bulbs are easier to grow than amaryllis -- and few bloom with greater exuberance and beauty. Just plant the bulb in good potting soil, water regularly and provide bright, indirect light.
  • How to Pot an Amaryllis Bulb
    It's easy to grow 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 planters and flower pots depend on good soil, fertilizer and careful watering. Start with this simple rule: choose plants with three different habits.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Heirloom Christmas Cactus
    Tough and long-lived, Christmas cactus can be passed easily from one generation to the next, blooming for family gatherings and cheering the darkening autumn days.
  • Small Gardens with BIG Impact
    With smart plant picks you can create a masterpiece worthy of a garden magazine's cover shot.
  • Clematis in Containers
    Bring the "queen of climbers" up close by growing compact varieties in planters on your patio or deck.
  • Success Story: Shelley Grossman
    How water-wise techniques transformed a half-acre desert into a lush garden.
  • Top 5 Reasons to Plant in Fall
    We often think of spring as the ideal time to plant, and in many cases it is. However, autumn provides a second — and sometimes better — opportunity to get trees, shrubs, and perennials in the ground.
  • How to Start Seeds
    Growing plants from seed is a great way to start gardening earlier in the season. With the right light and some simple equipment, it's easy to grow from seed to harvest.
  • Meet One of Our Dutch Amaryllis Growers
    Westland, in The Netherlands, is ideally situated for growing premium-quality amaryllis bulbs. Ben has been working at the company his father started in 1957 since he was 17.
  • Fall Landscape Cleanup Dos and Don'ts
    Tidying up the garden in fall gives you a head start next spring. Here are tips for cleaning up — while also inviting pollinators and birds to your landscape through the autumn season.
  • Heuchera
    Plant breeders have had a field day with the genus heuchera. There seems to be no end to the variations in leaf color.
  • Bamboo Structures for the Garden
    Using bamboo for attractive and functional structures in your garden.
  • Backyard Makeover!
  • Plant Terminology: Hybrids, Heirlooms, and More
  • Plant Terminology: Annuals, Biennials, Perennials
  • Amaryllis Buying Guide
    They're super easy and super fun to grow, produce huge, dramatic blooms that last for weeks, and bring months of joy for gift recipients. The hardest part is choosing varieties! Here are some tips.
  • Meet One of Our South African Amaryllis Growers
    Sixteen years ago, Charles was sorting bulbs on the farm his grandfather started in 1945. Now he oversees amaryllis production for one of the world's largest amaryllis growers, based in South Africa.
  • Garden Design Techniques that will Transform Your Landscape
    These tips and techniques from professional garden designer Kerry Ann Mendez will help you transform your landscape and create stunning, easy-care gardens.
  • TIP: Fertilizing Seedlings
    Once the second set of true leaves appears on a seedling, it's important to begin feeding it with a dilute fertilizer solution.
  • Watch: Pound-In Edging
    This is the quickest, easiest system you'll find for defining an edge around your flower beds or garden. Simply pound each interlocking piece into the ground with a rubber mallet; in most soils there's no need for cutting, trenching or tearing up sod.
  • Amaryllis FAQs
    Find answers to commonly asked questions about how to plant and maintain amaryllis, as well as how to get them to rebloom.
  • 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.
  • How to Care for Your Indoor Florist Azalea
    You can grow azalea indoors much like any other houseplant, but there are a few tricks you need to know about the care of indoor azalea if you want to keep them blooming year after year.
  • Color Schemes for Flower Gardens
    Color is usually the first thing people notice when they see a flower garden, and choosing plants in pleasing color combinations can be daunting to a new gardener.
  • 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 18 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, porch, balcony or patio a little more private.
  • Gardening with the Terrazza System
    Build a landscape with modular containers.
  • The Basics: True 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.
  • How to Use the Hardiness Zone Map
    Learn what the map tells you, and what it doesn't
  • 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.
  • Backyard Makeover!
  • Eco-Friendly Flower-Arranging Techniques
    Discover earth-friendly flower-arranging techniques -- ditch the traditional florist foam.
  • 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.
  • 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."
  • 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 rose care products to help you get the most from your roses.
  • Watering Plants While Away
    Here are some ways to help plants thrive while you're away, so you can come home to healthy gardens and happy houseplants.
  • Make Herb-Infused Syrups
    Simple syrup is an important component to many cocktails because it adds sweetness without the grit of sugar. Also great for making homemade sodas.
  • 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
    Edible flowers are a fun and easy way to add color and flavor to all sorts of dishes--especially when you can pick them right from your own garden.
  • 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.
  • 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
    Explore a collection of beautiful, drought-tolerant planters featuring 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
  • Saving Seeds: One of Gardening’s Best-Kept Secrets
    This year's seed holds next year's harvest. 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.
  • How to Choose Potting Soil
    Our garden-tested potting mixes are formulated to guarantee great results.
  • 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 attract 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.
  • Meet the Pollinators
    Yes, honeybees are important pollinators. However, many species of butterflies, moths, birds, flies — even bats! — also pollinate flowers. This article introduces you to some common (and not-so-common) ones.
  • Container Gardening
    How to successfully grow plants in containers — indoors and out.
  • Water Gardening
    Finding the site, choosing plants and fish.
  • Greenhouse Buying Guide
    How to choose the type and size of greenhouse for your backyard.