Gardening Sitemap - Page 1 2016-09-26

Seed Saving: Quick Tips on Saving Your Garden Favorites
The best reason for saving seeds is because there is a plant you love and want to grow again. It's also a lot of fun and very easy to do. Here's how.

Gardening Basics - How to Start a Garden
A little planning goes a long way, when starting a garden. Here's some help in deciding where to put it, what you'll need, and what to plant.

Perennial Flowers - How to Choose, Grow, and Tend
Perennial flower gardening requires knowing which hardy perennials to grow and how to use flowering perennial plants in designing your perennial garden. Don’t forget all the great perennials for shade, perennials with great foliage and perennials for containers.

Tips on Growing and Using Popular Perennial Plants
profiles of popular perennial garden plants, with descriptions and information on cultural and maintenance requirements, design tips and suggested varieties.

Growing Peonies - Old Fashioned, Fragrant Perennials
Peonies are prennial stars of the spring garden. Grown in a mass planting, they can be a garden anchor. Peonies are beautiful, often fragrant, clump forming perennials with large cupped or ruffled showy flowers.

Gardening - Ideas, Tips, and Inspiration for Your Garden
How to design gardens, grow vegetables, and control pests with expert gardening advice - from starting a garden, to growing and caring for plants.

Choosing Perennial Plants to Suit Your Gardening Style
Perennials are the basis of most gardens and there are more and more to choose from. Whether you are looking for a long season of bloom or minimal maintenance, here are some tips for finding and choosing the perennial plants you're going to love.

Home Orchard Fruit Trees Not Bearing Fruit?
There are many reasons fruit trees take years to bear fruit. Here's how home fruit growers can make sure their fruit trees are getting the right care.

How to Grow Goldenrod (Solidago var.)
Goldenrod is a much nicer plant than its reputation would have you think. This fall bloomer is easy to grow and can be well behaved. Here's more...

Planning Ahead for a Fall Garden
The time to plant for fall is in the spring, so the plants have time to get established and really put on a show. Here are some great fall choices.

How to Grow Culver’s Root (Veronicastrum virginicum)
Culver's Root is an imposing wildflower that's cultivated enough for the border. It's a fall bloomer that's easy to grow, given the following conditions.

Growing Helenium (Helenium autumnale)
Helenium, or sneezeweed, is an underused late season bloomer. The flowers come in jewel tone and are easy to grow. Here are some suggestions.

How to Grow Japanese Anemone (Anemone x hybrida)
Japanese anemones are a great late season flower. They can require some effort to become established, but they will reward your patience.

How to Grow Joe Pye Weed (Eutrochium purpureum)
Joe Pye Weed is a North American native plant that really shines in the fall. These tall flowers are great for anchoring the back of the border.

Vegetables Gardening - Growing Tips and Ideas
Get started with a vegetable garden or expand your garden and choices. All you need to know is which vegetables you love to eat and how to care for them. Here's the how.

Growing Legumes (Beans and Peas)
Legumes are one of the largest and most nutritious families of vegetables. They are also among the most common, because they are easy to grow and produce high yields. Try some of these favorites.

Starting a Vegetable Garden - Planning and Planting a Vegetable Garden
If you’ve never vegetable gardened before, you are in for a treat on many levels. Fortunately, growing vegetables is pretty easy. People have been vegetable gardening forever. The hardest thing about growing vegetables is limiting yourself.

Perennial Vegetables
There aren't too many perennial vegetables suited to the vegetable garden, but the handful we have are certainly worth the space and effect or they take. Plant these once and reap the rewards.

Teasing the Rootball of Plants
Teasing the roots of a plant before planting may seem like a harsh thing to do as you are planting, but as explained here, it's just tough love.

Fall Garden Tasks for a Better Spring Garden
Taking some extra time in the fall to prepare your garden for winter will make spring garden clean-up a snap. It’s not too late to pamper your garden with some easy fall garden tasks.

Dahlias as Cut Flowers
Tips for using dahlia plants in the garden and how to make them last longer as cut flowers.

How to Grow and Care for Dahlia Plants
Dahlia plants are not hardy everywhere, but anyone can grow them. Get to know them with an overview of dahlia plants and their growing conditions.

Growing Dahlias
Looking for a gorgeous late season flower that really delivers? Dahlias are the answer and here's how to grow the best.

Deadheading, Pinching, Staking Etc. - Maintaining the Flower Garden
Flowering plants need care throughout the growing season, to keep looking their best. What are deadheading, pinching, deleafing and the other seemingly cryptic gardening terms and are they necessary for a great looking garden?

Ornamental Grasses for Fall Color
Ornamental grasses add interest to a garden at any time of year. Fall foliage and colorful plumes make ornamental grasses standouts in a fall garden.

October in the Garden - Regional Gardening Guide for October
Wherever you live, there is still plenty of gardening to be done in the pleasant temperatures of October. Enjoy the outdoors and improve your garden.

What Is Deadheading? (And why do I have to do it?)
Deadheading is a gardening chore that must be done regularly throughout the growing season. It's good for your plants and means more flowers for you.

How Can I Get Moss to Grow in My Garden?
Moss gives any garden a sense of age and weight. To grow moss requires giving it the right growing conditions and patience while it gets established.

Red Chokeberry fro Fiery Fall Color
Red Chokeberry 'Brillian' is hard to beat for fall color. Chokeberry flowers attract pollinators in the summer while the berries keep the birds happy.

Heavenly bamboo for Fall Color
Heavenly Bamboo is not really a bamboo, so don't be afraid to plant it. It has great red berries and leaves in the fall and it's easy to grow.

Growing Enkianthus - An Elegant Shrub
Enkianthus is a hard-to pronounce name for an underused shrub with fantastic fall foliage. Here are some varieties to grow in your garden.

Feed the Birds with American Cranberry Bush
Viburnums are great landscaping shrubs. The American Cranberry Bush (Viburnum opulus var. americana) celebrates fall with bright berries for the birds.

American Bittersweet for Fall Displays
American Bittersweet has fall berries that often grace seasonal flower arrangements. You can grow your own, with this native vine. Here's what it needs.

Grow Oakleaf Hydrangea for Fall Color
Hydrangeas are usually grown for their flowers, but Oakleaf hydrangea really standout in the fall, when its leaves take on a brilliant red color.

Growing Underused Fothergilla
Fothergilla is an adaptable shrub with honey sweet flowers and brilliant fall color. Take a look at this underused shrub.

Adaptable Firethon has Standout Berries
You can't beat Firethorn (Pyracantha) for a display of vibrant berries, in the fall. It is stunning and it is also easy to grow. Take a look.

David Viburnum is Small, but Special
Looking for a small viburnum with great features? The David Viburnum offers a compact habit with unusual blue berries, in the fall.

Growing Clethra for Fragrant, Late Summer Flowers
Clethra would be worth growing for the spicy scent of its flowers alone, but wait until you see how vibrant and colorful its fall leaves are.

Blue Mist Shrub Lives Up to Its Name
It's rare to find a good blue-flowering shrub, but Blue Mist Shrub (Caryopteris) certainly deserves its name. Here's how to grow your own.

Growing Fall Blooming Witch Hazel
Witch hazels have unusual spidery flowers that bloom at different times of the year. This fall blooming Hamamelis virginiana adds to the fall color.

Virginia Sweetspire offers Fragrance and Fall Foliage
Virginia Sweetspire is a native plants that offers fragrance as well as a mix of all the color of fall, in its autumn leaves. And it's easy to grow.

Growing Scotch Heather for Fall Color
Many shrubs add to a colorful fall display in the garden. One excellent choice is Scotch Heather, a late blooming evergreen showcased here.

Fast Growing Vegetables for an Instant Garden
Growing delicious vegetables takes patience, but you can speed thins up. Jump start your vegetable garden with these 6 super fast growing vegetables.

Bush Beans - For a Continual Harvest
Bush beans are quick to sprout and start setting pods. You can get a steady harvest with these tips for succession planting beans from early spring on.

Green Onions
Growing green onions, or scallions, takes a fraction of the time bulb onions do. You can be harvesting in no time. Here's how.

Peas - An Early Spring Treat
Peas are one of the first seeds planted in spring. Here are some tips for getting a great harvest.

Radishes - Quick and Easy to Grow
Radishes are quick to grow and are great for so much more than salad. Here's some help for getting the best tasting radishes in your garden.

Start Harvesting Salad Greens in an Instant
Salads greens, including lettuce, arugula, Asian greens, spinach and more, grow quickly and are some of the first vegetables ready to harvest.

Turnips - Two Crops in One
Turnips come in a variety of sizes and colors and do double duty in the vegetable garden, by providing tasty greens, too. Tips for growing turnips.

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Gourd Bird Houses - Making Bird Houses from Your Gourds
They don't call them birdhouse gourds for nothing. With little effort, turn your birdhouse gourd into an actual gourd bird house. These step-by-step instructions will walk you through how to make a gourd bird house of your own.

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Shrub and Vine Top Choices for the Garden
Shrubs & Vines add multiple dimensions to a garden: structure, texture, height, berries for wildlife, flowers and foliage color. You might not be able to fit many shrubs or climbing plants in your garden, so here's some help choosing just the ones to complement your garden design.

Top Performing Perennial Flowering Vines
These perennial vines and climbing flowers fill many garden design needs, from covering eye sores to creating privacy on your deck, to adding beauty.

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Garden Design - How to Give a Garden a Sense of Age
How to give a new garden a sense of age and substance.

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Growing Pansies - Cool Weather Favorites
Pansies are probably the most popular cool season flower and they are easy to grow. Here's how to keep your pansies growing and blooming longer.

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Three Ways to Overwinter Tropical Plants
If you can't bare the idea of your beautiful, tropical plants becoming mulch at summer's end, here are 3 simple ways to get them through winter alive.

4 Pruning Practices You Can Ignore
Four tree and shrub pruning

10 Top Fall Blooming Flowers for the Perennial Garden
Fall blooming flowers come in rich colors that extend the gardening season. Tips for choosing and growing the best fall flowers, in your garden.

Care and Maintenance Tips for Flowering Perennials
It's misleading to think that once you plant a perennial flower you are done with it. To have great looking perennials, there is a good bit of maintenance involved. This includes dividing, deadheading, staking, cutting back and other chores, depending on the perennial plant. Here are some tips.

Hardy Mums - How to Over Winter Mums in the Garden
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What does True to Seed Mean?
If you have ever wondered what True to Seed means, here's your answer.

Vegetables A to Z
Learn how to plant, grow and care for vegetables from Artichokes to Zucchini.

Asian Greens
Asian greens, from bok choy to tatsoi, are familiar flavors in salads and stir fry. They are also very easy and quick to grow. Recommendations of varieties to grow and how to use them.

How to Grow All Kinds of Great Pumpkins
Growing pumpkins may seem as American as apple pie, but they have been grown around the world for centuries. Although orange is the commonly know color, pumpkins come in white, red, pink and blue and can be smooth, bumpy, oval, flattened or round. All pumpkins grow easily from seed and transplants. Here are some great varieties to try and some tips to grow pumpkins in what ever space your home garden can provide.

Regional Gardening Chores and Tips for September
Whether you are starting a whole new growing season or putting your garden to bed, here are regional tips to get you out in the garden this September.

How to Save Vegetable Seeds
Saving seed ensures you will always have seed of your favorite varieties to grow. It's easy to do, but there are some precautions to take.

Choosing Low Maintenance Plants
Every garden needs some low maintenance plants that look good all season. Here's what to look for, when you want great plants, without a lot of work.

How to Grow Hardy, Perennial Geraniums
Hardy, perennial geraniums, sometimes referred to as cranesbill geraniums, are adaptable, easy to grow, and they flower profusely. Here are some tips.

How To Begin Designing Your Garden
Designing a garden begins with knowing what kind of garden you want and how you plan to use it. Here's some advice on where to put your garden and how to create the garden you dream of.

Garden Design for Small Spaces
Gardening in a small space has its own rewards and challenges. The basic principles still apply, but when your whole garden can be viewed at once, there's no room for error. Small gardens needs special consideration during the design process. You want to create an impact without creating chaos. Choice of plants, colors, quantity and focal points all come into play.

Planning and Designing a Small Garden
In a small garden, every inch counts. Some knowledge of your growing conditions is needed to get you off to a successful start. Here's where to begin.

Vegetables and Herbs that Will Self-Sow
These vegetables and herbs will help out with succession planting, if you let them go to seed and sow themselves.

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Five Easy Ways to Fix an Overgrown Garden
At some point, everyone's garden starts to look a little overgrown. The following 5 ideas will make your garden look better immediately, with a minimum of effort.

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Books on Flower Gardening and Designing with Ornamental Plants
There are many excellent books written on ornamental plants and flower gardening. After all, there is always more to know about flower gardening and garden design. Here are some reviews and recommendation of the best books for keeping up to date on what's new in the world of flowers.

Cutting Gardens and Selecting and Caring for Cut Flowers
Of course the best place for flowers is in your garden. But there are times you'll want to bring the splendor indoors. Learn how to plant a cutting care and caring for cut flowers to make them last.

Flower Gardening
Growing flowers. How to select, grow and use all types of flowers - perennials, annuals, tropicals - in your garden designs and containers.

Flowering Bulbs - Gardening with Perennial Blooming Flower Bulbs
Spring, summer and fall blooming bulbs fill in a garden border. Selecting, storing, planting and maintaining bulbs takes different skills than gardening with herbaceous plants.

Ornamental Grasses - Choosing and Using Ornamental Grasses in Gardens
Every garden has at least one ornamental grass in it. There are new grasses introduced every year. Some stay nice and tidy, others weep and billow. Which ornamental grass is right for your garden and how do you keep it looking great?

Tips from Sonias' Garden and The New York Botanical Garden
Sonia Uyterhoeven is Gardener for Public Education at The New York Botanical Garden. Sonia shares her gardening expertise through weekly tips on choosing plants, growing plants and garden design

Wildflower Gardens - Gardening for a Natural Landscape Affect
Wildflower gardens rarely happen naturally and are not no maintenance gardening. Giving your wildflower garden a good start, with a weed free bed and plants that will spread and self-seed, can help to make your garden low maintenance.

Getting Started with Gardening - Creating a Garden and Choosing Plants
Starting a new garden? Make sure you have all the basics covered, from good soil to selecting the plants and getting them in the ground.

What Can You Grow in a Raised Bed Garden?
Growing plants in raised beds is a gardening practice with several advantages. Here's why you should consider raised bed gardening and how to get started.

How to Grow Balloon Flowers
Unique Balloon Flowers puff up into little pillows and pop open in stunning shades of blue, pink, and white. Tips for growing them in your own garden.

Fall Blooming Perennials for Late Season Color
Fall blooming flowers in rich jewel tones make autumn one of our most colorful seasons. Here are some top choice flowers to grow in your fall garden.

Growing, Caring for and Using Scented Geraniums
Grow them for their scented leaves that mimic roses, pineapple, or chocolate mint. Tips for growing, caring for, and using your scented geraniums.

Tips for Bringing Outdoor Plants Indoors
Many of your favorite outdoor plants can be brought indoors for the winter. Here are some tips to make your favorite outdoor plants into houseplants.

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Sprawling and Spilling Plants to Walk On.
Spreading groundcover type perennial plants are great to use to fill in cracks and spaces in paved walkways and patios. These spreading plants soften edges and give an aged appearance.

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Growing Tree Fruits in the Home Orchard
No yard is too small to enjoy the pleasure of growing your own fruit. Growing apples, pears, peaches, plums and such takes some planning and knowledge. These articles will get you up to speed growing your own home picked fruit.

Harvesting Vegetables - How to Know When to Harvest in the Home Garden
Harvesting guidelines to pick your vegetables at the peak of perfection in your home vegetable garden. Does canteloupe slip? Should squash dent or not?

Growing Apple Trees
Growing apple trees requires some knowledge of varieties, pruning and the problems and pests that affect them. Learn how to grow a healthy, fruitful apple tree.

Crafts from the Fall Garden
Ideas for crafts and gifts from the fall garden.

Growing Citrus Trees
Not everyone can grow citrus trees in their backyard, but if you have the right climate, here's how you can start picking your own lemons and kumquats.

How to Preserve Fruits and Vegetables
How to preserve fruits and vegetables by drying, canning, pickling and making jams and jellies. There’s a method safe and easy enough for everyone, as well as tips for success and recipes.

Garden Design for Small Spaces
In small space garden design, you can pay attention to detail and keep on top of maintenance, while still having time to sit and enjoy your garden.

What Is Organic Matter in Garden Soil?
Every gardener is told about the importance of adding organic matter to their soil, but what is it and just what does it do for the soil? Here's what.

Identifying Plant Nutrient Deficiencies
Not all plant problems are caused by insects or diseases. Plant nutrient deficiencies often manifest as foliage discoloration. The following chart outlines some possible problems.

Controlling or Avoiding Leafminer Damage to Plants
If your plant leaves look like someone was doodling squiggly lines on them, you have leafminers. Here are tips for avoiding or stopping their damage.

How to Press Fall Leaves
You can keep fall leaves around longer simply by pressing them with a weight. They won't last forever, but it's an easy and quick way to enjoy the fall foliage a little longer.

Pressing Fall Leaves - How to Preserve the Beauty
Preserving the beauty of fall leaves is an easy, fun craft. Here are 4 basic methods for pressing and preserving a colorful reminder of fall.

What is Late Blight of Tomatoes and Potatoes?
Late blight is a serious problem of tomato and potato plants. It spreads quickly over long distances. Here's what to look for and what to do about it.

Is It Safe to Compost Coffee Filters in Your Garden?
We know coffee is a good compost ingredient, but what about the filters? Are they safe to add to your soil? Here's what you need to know.

How to Grow Hens and Chicks (Sempervivum tectorum)
Hens and Chicks (Sempervivum tectorum) are succulent plants that look like rubbery roses. They are perfect for rocky areas and very easy to grow.

Garden Crafts
Enjoy your garden year round by bringing plants and nature indoors. Crafting and decorating with plants, seeds, flowers and herbs from your own garden will remind you of your garden even when you can't be in it. Dry flowers, infuse oils, craft wreaths, create gifts or make a simple bouquet and get even more pleasure from your garden.

Using Tulips as Cut Flowers
Tulips just don't seem to behave as cut flowers. They bend and contort, because they continue growing. Here's how to deal with tulips in a vase?

Selecting Tomato Seeds to Grow Next Year
Saving tomato seeds requires a little more work than simply scooping them out and letting them dry. But it's not hard and it's worth it, to save your favorite varieties.

How to Ferment Tomato Seeds for Saving
Fermenting tomato seeds helps ensure the seeds are healthy and ready to save and grow next season. It's a little smelly, but not difficult to do.

Moldy Tomato Seeds are Ripe for Saving
Don't panic if your tomato seeds start to mold. Saving tomato seeds is a messy, smelly process, but it's the best way to ensure good seed viability.

Processing Tomato Seeds for Saving
Getting tomato seeds ready to save is a messy, but fascinating process. Processing them in a glass jar makes it easier to keep tabs on the process.

Getting Tomato Seeds Ready to Save and Store
Once you have successfully fermented your tomato seeds, you are ready to rinse them, clean them off, and they're almost ready to save. Almost...

Cleaning Your Fermented Tomato Seeds
Part of preparing tomato seeds to save is letting them ferment. Equally important is rinsing all that mold off the seeds, before you dry them.

Drying Tomato Seeds
Tomato seeds take a bit of work to save, but the effort is worth it and the seeds will remain viable for several years.

Storing and Saving Tomato Seeds
Tomato seeds take some extra effort to get them ready for saving. After going through all the processing, make sure you store them so that they'll last.

Top 7 Herbs to Dry
Not all herbs retain their flavor when dried, but these 7 are almost as good as the real thing. Tips for the bet herbs to dry and how to use them.

Saving Pressed and Preserved Leaves
If you want to keep your preserved fall leaves a little longer, there are craft products that will help you seal in some moisture. Here are some tips.

Pressing Leaves with Weight - The Simplest Method to Preserve Fall Leaves
Pressing leaves by placing a weight on them for a period of time is the simplest method of preserving fall leaves. They won't last forever, but you can decorate for the fall season.

Preserving Fall Leaves With Waxed Paper
Kids have been pressing leaves between sheets of waxed paper for generations. It's an easy way to preserve the beauty of fall foliage and to get kids interested in the outdoors.

Drying Fall Leaves in the Microwave
Microwave ovens are a great, quick way to dry almost anything and leaves are no exception. Find some beautiful fall foliage and use your microwave to extend their beauty throughout the season. Here's how.

Preserving Fall Leaves with Silica Gel
Silica gel is a fast way to preserve fall leaves. You can use silica gel alone or speed up the process by using it in your microwave. They'll last for months.

Preserving Fall Leaves with Glycerin
Preserving fall leaves with glycerin makes leaves pliable and supple and they'll last for years. Here's how to do it.

How to Use Glycerin to Preserve Fall Leaves
Preserving fall leaves with glycerin is the best way to preserve leaves that you want to keep for years and it's easy to do. Here's some help to get you started.

Preserving Whole Branches of Fall Leaves with Glycerin
You can preserve individual leaves or even whole branches, by letting them absorb glycerin, which keeps them colorful and subtle.

Attracting More Bees and Pollinators to Your Garden
Every garden needs pollinators and bees are among the best. Here are some tips for luring bees to your garden and lists of good plant choices for bees.

Plant Lists for Attracting More Bees to Your Garden
Every garden needs pollinators and bees are among the best. Without them there would be limited flowers and even fewer fruits and vegetables. To attract bees and other pollinators to your gardens you need to select flowers and plants that are high in nectar and pollen and plant so that they are obvious and available to the insects. Here are some tips for luring bees to your garden and lists of good plant choices for bees. Page 2.

How to Over-Winter Geraniums
Where geraniums are not hardy, gardeners basically have 3 choices for how to store them for winter: bring them indoors as houseplants, take cuttings and make more plants or store them dormant until next spring.

Should You Just Grow Geraniums as Annuals?
Should you let your geraniums die off at the end of the season, or bring them indoors to over-winter? There are pros and cons for each argument. Here are some thoughts to help you decide.

Grow Your Geraniums Indoors for Winter
If you can't bear the idea of letting your beautiful geraniums die, at the end of the season, you may be able to bring them indoors as houseplants. Here's what they need to thrive. Page 3.

Overwinter Your Geraniums as Cuttings
If your geraniums are too large to bring indoors for the winter, but you don't want to lose them, consider taking cuttings to root and grow inside as smaller plants. Page 4.

Overwinter Geraniums Stored Dormant, in Pots
Storing dormant plants can be scary, but I promise you, most geranium plants make it through the winter indoors just fine. The easiest way is to store them pot and all.

How to Overwinter Geraniums Bare Root
It can be hard to believe a seemingly lifeless, bare root geranium plant will resume growing in the spring, but it's true. Storing geraniums this way is a real space saver.

Reviving Your Dormant Geranium Plants, in the Spring
You've successfully over-wintered your beautiful geranium plants. Now what? Here's how to ease them back into healthy growth, in the spring.

Rose Gardens - Growing and Tending Roses in the Garden
Roses are one of the best loved garden plants, but not all roses are created equal. Growing roses is often thought to be difficult. Successful rose growing starts with choosing varieties suited to your area and giving them the growing conditions and maintenance they need whether you have one rose plant or a whole rose garden. Growing roses is a challange worth tackling.

Hybrid Tea Roses - Choosing and Growing Hybrid Teas
Hybrid tea roses have reputations for being fussy, but they are still the queens of the rose garden. Here are some tips on choosing great varieties and keeping them blooming. Starting off right makes rose gardening that much easier.

Growing Roses: Problems & Solutions
Roses have a reputation - earned or not - for having problems. Here are some solutions for the most frequently encountered rose growing problems and tips for how to avoid them in the first place.

Roses for Growing in Light Shade
Roses love sun, but there are a few rose bushes that will grow and bloom in partial shade. Here's the top 10 roses for gardens without full sun.

Winter Rose Care - Preparing Your Roses for Winter
Roses can use a little extra care and protection as winter approaches. They may be hardy, but cold winds and hungry animals can still pose a challange. Here are some winter rose care tips.

Roses - Award Winning Roses
Award winning roses to grow in your garden. Rose plants that are easy to grow.

Growing and Caring for Rugosa Roses
Rugosa roses have great cold tolerance and pest resistance and many are fragrant. Here are some tips for growing and caring for rugged rugosa roses.

What Does Full Sun or Partial Shade Mean?
Garden plants are usually labeled with their required sun exposure. Here' s what Full Sun, Partial Partial Shade,Dappled Sun,Full Shade really mean.

How to Dry and Preserve Hydrangea Flowers
Hydrangeas will dry on their own, but this water method helps hydrangeas retain their color. Once dry, they can last and look beautiful for years.

Drying Hydrangeas - Prepping the Hydrangea Blossoms for Drying
Hydrangeas are one of those flowers that almost dry themselves. Once dry, they can last and look beautiful for years. You can dry hydrangeas several ways, but I’ve found the best way to dry hydrangea flowers is the water drying method. This drying method helps the hydrangea flowers retain their color and last longer. Here’s how.

Drying Hydrangeas - The Water Drying Method
Hydrangeas are one of those flowers that almost dry themselves. Once dry, they can last and look beautiful for years. You can dry hydrangeas several ways, but I’ve found the best way to dry hydrangea flowers is the water drying method. This drying method helps the hydrangea flowers retain their color and last longer. Here’s how.

Tips and Methods for Drying Hydrangea Flowers
Dried hydrangeas are ideal for decorating. They hold their subtle color even when dried and last for years. You can dry hydrangeas several ways, but I’ve found the best way to dry hydrangea flowers is the water drying method. This drying method helps the hydrangea flowers retain their color and last longer. Here’s how.

Perennial Plants to Cut Back or Prune in the Fall
It's nice to leave plants standing for winter interest,but many perennials won't survive rough weather. These plants should be cut back in the fall.

When to Cut Back Perennial Plants, Fall or Spring?
These perennial flowers survive better if cut down in the fall, limiting problems with over-wintering pests and diseases in their fallen leaves. Page 2.

More Perennial Plants to Clean-Up in the Fall
Fall is the perfect time to get the garden cleaned up. Cutting back these perennial plants will limit diseases, giving you a head start in the spring. Page 3.

Growing June Bearing Strawberries
Growing and caring for June bearing strawberry plants. Suggestions for which varieties to grow in different areas and how to keep them growing well. Page 3.

10 Steps to a Garden Redesign
Tips for evaluating what worked and what needs fixing in you garden, from more appropriate plants to creating a balance with nature.

Don't Let Designing Your Garden Intimidate Your
Ideas for evaluating your garden and envisioning what you want it to become. Tips for how to assess what you love and what needs tweaking.

Give Your Garden Instant Eye Appeal
Nothing makes a garden look great faster than a little edging and mulching. Timing is the key here. Here's some advice on when to mulch and with what.

Become Por-Actively Organic
Organic gardening doesn't mean you just let nature have its way. It requires finding a balance and staying on top of things. Here's some help.

Adding Fragrance to the Garden
Fragrant flowers make a garden come alive. For the biggest impact, you need a large swath of scented plants. Here are some choices.

Be More Daring with Containers
Container gardening allows you to experiment with something new every year. Here's how to combine plants with ease and create impact with containers.

Plan Your Fall Garden in Spring
The best time to plan for a fall flower garden is in the spring. Get them in early and give them all season to grow. Here's how to get started.

What to Look for in a Plant
Choosing the right plants for your garden will mean the difference between a struggling garden and one that thrives. Here's what to look for.

Shrubs Add Structure to the Garden
Every garden looks better with some structure and there's no better way to get it than with shrubs. Here are some ideas from you hundreds of choices.

Use More Foliage with Color and Texture
For season long interest, there's no beating great foliage. Plants will go in and out of bloom, but colorful, bold leaves never stop. Some ideas...

Add Some Edible Landscaping
Edible landscaping doesn't have to be large scale. You can easily add a few attractive vegetables and fruits to your borders. Here are some idea.

Top Outdoor Garden Plants That Make Great Houseplants
With the right care, you can grow your favorite garden plants indoors. Here's a list of potential houseplants that may be growing in your garden.

How to Dry or Cure Ornamental Gourds
Drying gourds is an easy process that keeps them around indefinitely. Here's how to do it.. What you make of them after that is up to your creativity.

Keeping Your Plants Alive While You're Away
Your vacation can be stressful on your plants. Even while you are away, your garden needs water, so here are some ideas and tips for watering your plants while on vacation and caring for your garden and containers, so you can enjoy some time off.

Keeping Your Plants Alive While You're Away
Your vacation can be stressful on your plants. Even while you are away, your garden needs water, so here are some ideas and tips for watering your plants while on vacation and caring for your garden and containers, so you can enjoy some time off.

Harvesting Garlic (How and When to Dig and Store Garlic)
When garlic plants start to die back, it's time to harvest. Here's how to be sure your garlic is ready to dig and how to dry and store it for keeping.

When to Pick Hydrangea Flowers to Dry
Hydrangeas are one of those flowers that almost dry themselves. Once dry, they can last and look beautiful for years. The hard part is knowing when to cut your hydrangea flowers so they will dry and keep their color. Here are some tips.

Small and Urban Gardens
Gardening in small spaces is challenging, but it also allows you to focus your design skills. Whether you want to make your small garden space look larger or just squeeze as many plants in as you possibly can, here's plenty of small gardening help to make sure your garden looks pulled together. And if your small garden is in an urban setting, create a city garden your country cousins will envy.

Eating and Planting Tomatoes, Potatoes With Late Blight
Are tomatoes and potatoes with late blight safe to eat? Can you still store them? Should you risk replanting next year? Here are some answers.

Garden Design
Nothing intimidates a gardener more than garden design. Here are ideas for designing gardens, including free garden designs to use or build, for anyone who's ever wondered how to begin to design a garden. Great garden design takes practice.

Garden Tool Shed - Choosing, Using and Maintaining Garden Tools
You don't need a lot of tools to garden, but choosing and using the right garden tool can turn a frustrating job into a job well done. What garden tools are a wise choice and how can you keep them in top condition? Garden tools are one of the most important investments you make in your garden.

Pictures and Inspiration
Garden photo galleries showing garden design, inspiration and problem solving to inspire creativity in your own garden. Plants, flowers and combinations for landscaping your garden.

Garden Pests and Problems
Whether your garden problem is an insect, a disease or a four-legged intruder (or two-legged?) someone before you has experienced it and there is probably a solution or two. Knowing how to treat the garden pest and doing it quickly can avert garden heartache. Fungus, beetles, blight and deer are all dealt with here.

Urban Garden Tips - Ideas for Taking Advantage of a City Site
Urban gardening can mean anything from a pot or 2 on the fire escape to a plot in a community garden. What they all have in common is how welcome any spot of green is in the middle of concrete. Although urban gardens can take advantage of small garden design tips, here are still more way for city apartment gardeners to get the most from their space.

Caring for Specific Types of Houseplants
A detailed look at some of the more popularly grown indoor plants and how to care for them, including ferns, Fius, Cycleman and holiday plants.

Leaf Clean-up - Putting All Those Leaves to Work in Your Garden
Leaves can be a nuisance to the home owner, but they’re a bonanza for a gardener. Leaves can be turned into mulch, compost and prized leaf mold. Here's an overview of products to speed up the process.

Common Houseplant Problems
Growing houseplants is easier if you keep an eye out for a few common problems like too much water, draft exposure and insects that have moved inside for the winter.

Houseplants - Tips for Growing Better, Healthier Houseplants
Whether or not you houseplants will thrive in your home depends on the conditions you can provide, the houseplants you choose and how much attention they need and you can give to them. Here are some things to keep in mind and consider.

Gardening Photo Contest Winners - 2009
Take a look at the winning photos of each monthly Garden Photo Contest and learn about the plants gardeners around the world are growing.

Gardening Photo Competition
Winning gardening photos from monthly competitions centered around seasonal themes.

Gardening Photo Contest Winners - 2011
Gardeners' winning shoots of the plants and design of their gardens. The top four photos of monthly themed photo contests are showcased, with growing info and tips.

Gardening Photo Contest Winners - 2012
Readers' winning photos of their gardens and plants throughout the year. Featuring the top four photos of each themed photo challenge, with growing info and tips.

2013 Garden Photo Challenges
Wining photo galleries from the 2013 Garden Photo Challenges in the Over the Garden Gate forum.

Winning Photos of the Garden Photo Challenges of 2014
Finalists in the 2014 Photo Challenges

Annuals & Perennials - Top Choices for a Variety of Gardens
Not every plants is suited to your garden. Here are Top Pick lists of annual and perennial flowers and plants designed to fit specific gardening situations and to help you choose the right plants for your garden.

Garden Design - Principles & Terms
Good garden design is usually the result of using the basic design principles. The following terms will come up again and again when discussing garden design.

Houseplants - Top Choices for Growing Plants Indoors
Choosing houseplants for your home. Flowering, low maintenance, low light, hard to kill...

Ornamental Grasses - Top Choices for Different Growing Conditions
No garden would be complete without an ornamental grass for texture and movement. Which ornamental grass from the literally dozens of grasses available, is perfect for your garden? Here are some top choices for different growing conditions and garden designs.

Vegetables - Choosing the Best Vegetable, Herb & Fruit Varieties for Your Area
Tomatoes are a very personal thing. Every gardener has their favorite. With thousands of vegetable, herb and fruit varieties available, you should take some time to discover which varieties grow especially well in your area and which varieties have the features (flavor, color, texture, storing...) you look for. Here are some top picks.

Problem Solving for Container Gardens
Plants in containers have their own unique needs, especially when it comes to watering, feeding and moving the about. Try some of the tips to keep your potted plants happy and growing

Vines for Adding Height and Color
Tips for choosing, growing and caring for vines in the garden and in containers.

Container Gardening - Choosing Plants for Container Gardens
Almost anything that can be grown in the garden can be grown in a container. Flowers, fruits, herbs and vegetables can all be grown in limited space in pots. Here are some tips on choosing plants that will thrive in containers.

Weeds - Controlling Weeds in the Lawn & Garden
If there’s a bare spot in your garden, a weed seed will find it. Weeds aren’t bad plants, they’re just plants growing where you don’t want them to. Some weeds are easily removed by hand and others are persistent about growing back and become more and more difficult to eradicate the longer they are left to establish themselves and spread. To conquer weeds, try some of these weed control tips.

Free Garden Design Plans You Can Use in Your Yard
Garden design plans, with plant selections and alternatives. Free!

Free Garden Design Plans with Layout and Plant Selections
Garden design plans to use as is or adapt to your yard. Layout and plant selections. Free!

Pruners - Selecting Garden Pruners
Pruners are a tool no gardeners can be without. There are several styles, sizes and price ranges to choose from. Here's some advice on choosing the right garden pruner for you.

Houseplants - Selecting and Maintaining
Houseplants are the perfect urban garden. The right choice of houseplants can add green to any size apartment. Even apartments without much sunlight have choices. Here are some tips on selecting and caring for your houseplants.

Identiying Garden Insect Pests
There will always be insects in your garden - good and bad. The trick to good gardening is identifying the bad bugs early and letting the good bugs do their thing. A picture is worth a thousand words and these articles and web sites will help you id the good and bad guys.

Garden Photos from the About Gardening Community
There's no greater inspiration for a gardener than to see another gardeners accomplishments. These garden photos from the About Gardening community of passionate gardeners, showcase gardens from around the world. One thing everyone agrees upon about gardeners, they love to share.

Container Gardening
Container gardening lends itself to any size yard. You can container garden on a small urban windowsill or use containers to accent acres of gardens. Virtually any plant can be grown in a container. Container gardening is a great use of space and a chance to experiment with garden design. The resources and articles here will help you in choosing plants, containers and combinations for creating outstanding container gardens.

Houseplants
Gardening indoors can include houseplants and plants that are overwintered inside. Tropical houseplants and overwintering tender garden plants need special care because of indoor humidity, sunlight, heat and plant pests.

Rock & Alpine Gardens
Rock gardening, whether natural or devised, focuses on a group of low growing plants that grow in somewhat poor, gravely, well-drained soil and would not thrive elsewhere. Many of these plants are from mountainous or alpine regions, but rock gardens can be created almost anywhere.

Top Plant Choices for All Kinds of Gardens
Here are top pick lists with plant choices for gardening in difficult sites and for special garden requirements, like: long season of bloom, late bloomers and color for shade.

Trees, Shrubs,and Vines
Add structure to your landscape with well-chosen trees, shrubs, and vines. Here are some tips for choosing the perfect ones for your yard.

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Vegetable Garden Styles - How to Design a Vegetable Garden

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Choosing and Growing Eggplant
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Ideas for Decorating Your Garden with Personal and Everyday Items - Garden Whimsy
Gardeners have been know to create very personal garden decorations from everyday objects. The garden art displayed here shows a gardeners sense of whimsy and love for every corner of her garden. The ideas showcased in this garden art gallery should inspire the gardener in you to feature more than plants in your garden borders.

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When to Divide Perennial Plants
How to Know When it's Time to Divide Your Perennial Plants.

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Perennial Cutting Garden Design
A free garden design for a perennial cutting garden. Complete with specified plants and alternaives. Many perennials will repeat flower if kept dead headed, which is exactly what a cutting garden is for. And since not all perennial flowers bloom at the same time, your bouquets and arrangements will take on a seasonal flair and provide you with ever changing variety. Here's a garden design of perennial cutting flowers you can duplicate in your own yard.

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Plants to Brighten a Shade Garden
Shade gardens are often designed with texture and cool colors, but there are some shade plants that will help brighten a shady spot. Here's how to add some light to your shade garden with plants.

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Cleaning and Sharpening Garden Hand Pruners
How to clean and sharpen your garden hand pruners.

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Red Flowers and Foliage
Photo Gallery of Red Flowers and Foliage and How to Use them in the Garden.

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Urban Gardening - Photos of Urban Gardens, from Rooftops to Container Vegetables.
Photos showing ideas for urban gardening, from rooftop gardens to small backyards and container vegetables.

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Creating Seating Areas in the Garden
Gardens are meant to be viewed, but most gardeners spend the bulk of their time up close and personal with the plants. Still, seating is an important aspect of any garden. Gardens are representative of the gardener's vision and as ever changing as the weather, so there are no hard rules about using seating in a garden. It can be purely functional or as fanciful as the gardener's imagination. Here's how some gardeners have added relaxation to their gardens.

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Designing a Shade Garden
How to create a shade garden design for a partially shaded garden nook.

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Designing a White Shade Garden
How to design a garden that will brighten a shade spot, using white and silver flowers and foliage.

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Designing a Butterfly Garden
This garden is designed to attract both butterflies and hummingbirds. Most of the plants are suitable for a wide range of growing conditions. Alternative plants are also listed. You can follow the plan as is or adapt it to your particular site and style.

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Garden Design - Creating a Sunny Flower Border
How to design a sunny flower border. Flowers to use in designing for a sunny spot.

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