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How to Plant a Strawberry Pot - Strawberries Optional
Strawberry pots make wonderful container gardens. You can either grow an entire crop of one plant, say strawberries for instance, or you can plant a mini-garden. Strawberry pots require a planting technique all their own. You can't just fill them with soil and stick some plants in the top. However the planting technique, as shown here, is very simple and once planted your strawberry pot will just get better looking throughout the season.

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Garden Design: Combining Plants - Nepeta
Garden design is really all about combining plants in different ways. Here, one plant in the garden is used in 3 different ways.

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Plants for New Gardeners
Great plant suggestions for new gardeners.

Small Garden Design Examples & Pictures
Examples of well exectued small garden designs. Photos of small flower gardens, borders, conainers and vegetable gardens.

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Top 10 Shrubs for the Home Garden
Top shrubs for use in the home landscape, including flowering shrubs, fragrant flowers, berries for birds and four season interest.

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Photo Gallery of Plant Pests and Diseases
Diseases and insect pests of garden plants. Photos of insects, insect damage and diseases, with brief description of the pest and the damage it can do to plants in the garden.

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How to Prune an Overgrown Apple Tree
How to Prune an Overgrown Apple Tree

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Perennial Poinsettia in Hawaii
Poinsettia grown as tropical shrubs in Hawaii.

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Houseplants - Easy Houseplants for Any Home
Many people shy away from houseplants because even the most hardy houseplant will eventually require some care. But you would be surprised at how a handful of plants can survive on the most minimal attention. If you'd like to try your hand at growing plants indoors or you're looking to brighten someone else's abode, here's a selection of houseplants that will thrive with minimal care and in varying degrees of sunshine.

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Coreopsis - Tickseed
Coreopsis is an easy growing perennial flower and there are many beautiful varieties to grow. Here's help choosing the right one for your garden.

Varieties of True Geraniums and Tips for Growing Them
How to grow hardy geraniums. Choosing from among the wide assortment of hardy, true, perennial cranesbill geraniums out there.

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Rose Hips - What Are They and What Can You Do With Them?
Rose hips are the seed pods of roses. They look like small crab apples and can be eaten in a similar manner. Here's how to harvest and use yours.

Growing Hardy Mums - Chrysanthemums for Your Garden
Mums can be hardy perennial flowers in the garden, if you start them off early. Here are some tips for keeping your mums alive and growing beautifully.

Fall Clean Up for a Better Spring Garden
To cut back or not to cut back? There are many things to do in the garden in the fall that will make your garden wake up easier in the spring and make spring clean up even easier.

Seed Starting - The Basics of Growing Plants from Seed
Starting plants from seed gives you a huge selection of plant varieties to choose from. Seed starting is easy and doesn't require much more than soil, seeds and patience. Here are step-by-step instructions for starting plants from seed and guidelines for when to plant.

The Basics of Gardening Organically
What does it mean to have an organic garden? Does organic gardening mean you have to put up with insects eating your plants or unattractive flower beds? Actually, organic gardening just means trying to working with nature and to replenish as you deplete resources. Here are some basics...

What are Cotyledons, Monocots and Dicots?
Plants are classified as monocots or dicots, based on traits like the number of cotyledons, or seed leaves, they develop in their embryo.

Growing Green Bean Plants in Your Garden
Whether called green beans, snap beans or string beans, bean plants are easy to grow. Here are some tips for how to grow a huge harvest in your garden.

Strawberry Varieties and Harvesting Tips
Tips for growing and caring for strawberry plants, including which varieties of strawberries to grow and when to harvest them at their sweetest. Page 2.

Growing Strawberries in the Home Garden
Strawberries are one of the easiest and most rewarding fruits for the home gardener to grow. Here's what strawberry plants need to grow and fruit well.

What is Loam or Loamy Soil?
Loose, friable loam is what all gardeners are told they need, but what exactly does that mean. Here's a breakdown of what is in loam soil and how to get it.

10 Tips for Growing Great Tomatoes
How to Grow Tomatoes. Tomato plants know what they like and they grow best when you give it to them. Here are 10 tips for growing terrific tomatoes.

Growing the Scented Herb Garden
Many herbs are delicious, but they are some of the most fragrant plants in the garden. Here's a list of easy to grow, heavily scented herbs to enjoy.

Growing Edible Flowers in Your Garden
Edible flowers are more than just a garnish or a gimmick. They can be as delicious as they are beautiful. Here's how to grow and use your own.

Caring for Watermelon Plants
Watermelon plants need a long growing season and a lot of space to spread out. Here are some tips and tricks for growing watermelon just about anywhere.

Growing Watermelons
Watermelon plants like a long, warm growing season. Choose a variety that will have time to ripen and follow these tips to get them started right.

*Savlia (Salvia cultivars)
There are so many great salvias to choose from, both annual and perennial. They are easy growing, profuse bloomers and even attract hummingbirds.

Agastache
There's a whole group of Agastache plants known as Hummingbirds - for good reason. Plant some of these and watch hummingbirds flock to your garden.

Petunia
Petunias are one of the most popular flowers to grow, with good reason. They're easy to grow, bloom non-stop and even attract hummingbirds.

*Snapdragon (Antirrhinum majus)
Snapdragon flowers thrive in cool weather. Their beautiful flowers delight children and even attract hummingbirds to your garden. More on growing snapdragons.

Hummingbird Plants
Hummingbird plants are nectar rich and tubular. To attract more hummingbirds and keep them coming back, plant some of the hummingbird plants listed here.

Weigela (Weigela cultivars)
Weigela bushes are some of the finest flowering bushes for your yard and garden. Great foliage, flowers, and they attract hummingbirds.

*Lantana (Lantana camara)
Lantana plants can be grown in containers or grown into trees. They are profuse bloomers and great for attracting hummingbirds to your garden.

Four O'Clocks (Mirabilis jalapa)
Four O'Clocks may be late bloomers, but they are a welcome afternoon sight. Use these tips to grow some and watch the hummingbirds thank you.

Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis)
Gorgeous Cardinal Flowers are sweet woodland plants that thrive in moist shade and act as hummingbird magnets for your garden.

Coral Bells (Heuchera sanguinea)
Dainty coral bells have been upstaged by new flashier Huechera, but none of them attract hummingbirds the way the pink coral bells do.

*Fuchsia
Fuchsia plants are popular choices for hanging baskets, but there are also upright varieties for your garden. And they all attract hummingbirds.

Tips for Growing Chinese or Napa Cabbage
Napa, or Chinese, cabbage is a very versatile vegetable that is easy to grow in the vegetable garden. Here are tips for growing and cooking with it.

Dealing with Leaf Galls (The Bumps on Your Tree's Leaves)
Leaf galls, alarming bumps on tree leaves, aren't insects or diseases. They are the tree trying to heal itself. Here's what to do about them.

Tips for Growing Sunflowers
Cheerful, summery sunflowers are extremely easy to grow, in bright yellows and rich jewel tones. Here are some tips for growing your own sunflowers.

Are You Killing Your Plants with Kindness?
If a little is good, more isn't necessarily better. These 3 gardening practices are almost certain to kill your garden plants.

Why Does Lettuce Bolt, and What Can Prevent It?
When plants bolt, it means they flower and go to seed. Lettuce that flowers becomes inedible. Here's why it happens and what you can do about it.

Preparing for a Fall Vegetable Garden
With a little prep, you can keep your vegetable garden going right through the fall. Here's how to get your garden ready for a second season.

Gardening To Do List: August in the Garden
Think the month of August begins the downhill slide into off season of gardening? Think again. Here's how to keep your gardens going strong for months

How to Grow Chinese Long Beans
Chinese long beans, or asparagus beans, are often used in Asian cooking, but they grow well in just about any garden. Here's how to grow your own.

Making Home Grown Potpourri
The end of the season doesn't have to mean an end to the scents of your garden. It's s easy to make your own potpourri, using memories from your garden.

Grow Bleeding Heart Plants (Dicentra) in the Garden
Bleeding Heart plants (Dicentra) are spring blooming flowers for a shady part of the garden. Here's how to grow and care for your own bleeding hearts.

Growing Edibles
How-to tips on home vegetable gardening, including herbs, fruits, berries and nuts. Advice for growing vegetables and other edibles in whatever space you have.

What are Legumes and Why You Should be Growing Them
Legumes (beans and peas) are delicious and nutritious for you, but they also help feed your garden soil. Here's how to grow them for both benefits.

Best (and Worst) Flowers for Allergy Sufferers
It is not always the obvious flowers that irritate allergy sufferers in the garden. Here are some of the worst offenders and some you can breath freely.

Fertilizing Seedlings - When to Start Feeding Plants
Plant seedlings can feed themselves up until their first true leaves appear. Here are tips on how, when and how much to feed your seedlings.

Growing Lemon Scented and Flavored Herbs for Cooking
Not every gardener can grow a lemon tree, but everyone can have lemon scent and flavor in their garden by planting some lemon scented herbs. Try these.

Herbs A - Z - Growing Tips for Specific Herb Plants in the Herb Garden
Growing tips for growing specific herbs in your garden. Is rosemary hardy? Which lavender is the most fragrant? Each herb is profiled here with growing tips, herb pruning and pest help and suggested varieties for your herb garden.

Growing and Caring for Pulmonaria Plants (Lungwort)
Pulmonaria, or lungwort, blooms when few other flowers have even emerged in spring, in vivid blues, pinks, and whites. Here's how to grow your own.

How to Renovate Strawberry Beds
Strawberry plants produce the most strawberries in their early years. Try these easy steps to renovate your strawberries and keep them productive.

10 Tips for Better Strawberries
Advice for starting your strawberry plants off right and keeping them healthy and productive.

When to Harvest Strawberries
Strawberries are an ideal fruit to grow in any garden. Once your berries start to ripen, here are some tips for harvesting them at their peak flavor.

Choosing and Using Annual Flower Plants in the Garden
Tips, tricks and step-by-step how-tos to make the most of annual flower plants in your garden. Annual flowers can be used creatively to create everything from a cottage garden to a tropical paradise.

How to Choose Beautiful Healthy Annual Flower Plants
Tips for choosing healthy plants that will thrive in your garden. From what to look for the in the nursery or catelog to award winners.

Plant Profiles - Info on Growing and Using Popular Annual Garden Plants
Profiles of popular annual garden plants, with descriptions and information on cultural and maintenance requirements, design tips and suggested varieties.

The Best Annual Flowering Vines for Your Garden
Flowering vines add height, beauty, and very often scent. These annual vines can be started inexpensively from seed and will bloom for months.

How to Grow Scarlet Runner Bean
Runner bean flowers can be so lovely, many people grow them for the flowers alone. Whether you want beans or color, here's how to grow runner beans.

How to Grow Sweet Peas
Sweet pea flowers enjoy the cool seasons of spring and fall. These beautiful vines make great garden plants and cut flowers. Use these tips to grow yours.

How to Grow Black-Eyed Susan Vine
Black-eyed Susan vine adds a touch of soft color in the garden or in hanging baskets. Easy to grow and care for, try growing these vines in your garden.

How to Grow Canary Creeper
The flowers of Canary Creeper vines really do resemble a bird's head. Even the leaves are attractive on this easy to grow vine. Here's how to grow it.

How to Grow Cardinal Climber
Looking for an easy to care for, fast growing flowering vine. Take a look at Cardinal Climber. It will twine around any support and flower all summer.

How to Grow Climbing Snapdragon
Asarina, or climbing snapdragon is a beguiling old-fashioned flowering vine with delicate leaves and non-stop blooms. Here's how to grow your own.

How to Grow Cup and Saucer Vine
Call them Cathedral Bells or Cup and Saucer Vine, Cobaea is an eye catching flowering vine with a sweet scent. Here's how to grow it in your garden.

How to Grow Morning Glory
Old-fashioned morning glories are one of the easiest flowering vines to grow. Plant them once and they will self-sow from then on. Here's how to get started.

Ornamental Gourds
If you are looking for a colorful vine, consider growing ornamental gourds. You'll get a long lasting splashy harvest. Here's how to grow gourds.

How to Grow Purple Hyacinth Bean
Purple hyacinth bean vines are a triple treat, with purple stems, purple flowers and purple pods. Here's how to grow this beauty in your garden.

Rabbit Proof Plants - Plants Rabbits Won't Eat
Rabbits can do a lot of damage to gardens. Like most animals, they have their favorite plants and those they tend to avoid. Here are lists of both, but be forewarned, rabbits' tastes can change.

How to Grow Purple Hyacinth Beans
Purple Hyacinth Bean vines are quick growers, with purple flowers and stems, and glossy purple seed pods. Tips for growing hyacinth beans from seed.

Growing Lady's Mantle (Alchemilla Mollis) in the Garden
Lady's Mantle is popular for its frothy sprays of yellow flowers and the way its leaves hold droplets of water. Here's how to care for your plants.

When to Prune Different Kinds of Hydrangeas
Hydrangeas need pruning, to keep them flowering profusely. The real question is when to prune which type of hydrangea. Here's some help.

Pruning Annabelle and Oakleaf Hydrangea
Different types of Hydrangeas follow different pruning schedules and when you prune determines how well they will flower or if they will flower at all. Page 2.

Pruning Peegee and Climbing Hydrangea
Hydrangeas will flower better if they are pruned properly. Not all hydrangeas need to be pruned at the same time. Here are some guidelines to follow. Page 3.

How to Grow Baptisia australis - False Indigo
False Indigo (Baptisia australi) is a native plant with stunning blue flowers and pea-like foliage. Growing tips and advice for Blue False Indigo.

Abutilon Flowering or Parlor Maple Overview
Free flowering Abutilon plants, the Flowering Maple, bloom continually and need little care or maintenance. Grow one in the garden or as a houseplant.

Choosing and Growing Feather Reed Ornamental Grasses
Feather reed grasses (Calamagrostis) are upright, clump forming ornamental grasses that are easy to grow and easy to work into your garden design.

Growing and Using Patty Pan Squash
Patty pan or scallop squash is a tender summer squash, like zucchini, with a unique shape and a nutty flavor. See how easy they are to grow and enjoy.

Senecio Growing Tips
Succulent Senecio plants tend to be hardy only in the warmest zones, but they make excellent and fascinating container plants. Here are some tips for keeping them growing.

How to Grow Succulent Senecio Plants
Some plants are odd-looking, but charming and the succulent Senecio plants certainly fit that description. Here are some favorites to grow.

How to Grow Dramatic Agave Plants
Agave plants can be huge and spiny or much more approachable. They are long-lived and look good all year. Here are some tips for growing agave plants.

Tips for Growing and Caring for Agave
Agave are tough plants that thrive on neglect. Here are some tips for growing and caring for agave in your garden or your home.

Spittlebugs or Froghopper - It's Still a Garden Pest
Spittlebugs and froghoppers disguise themselves by hiding in a frothy foam on leaf or stem. Here's how to limit the damage they do in your garden.

Flowers for the Vegetable Garden
Flowers grown in the vegetable garden are more than beautiful. Plant these flowers for cutting, deterring pests and even some edible flowers.

Companion Planting - Plants for Garden Insect Balance
Companion planting is an age old gardening technique of pairing two or more plants to gain some type of benefit, especially companion vegetable planting. Some companion plantings work, others disappoint. Here are some tips for companion planting with vegetables and herbs to repel insect pests.

Companion Planting - Using Herbs to Deter Insect Pests
Herbs work especially well as companion plants. They multitask by attracting beneficial insects and repelling pest insects and their fragrance and foliage make them good companions in both the vegetable garden and the ornamental border. The following list offers some suggestions for using herb plants to repel specific garden pests. Page 2.

Plants the Repel Insects
Not all companion planting is effective, but using heavily scented plants can help to confuse insect pests. Try some of the combinations for yourself.

10 Biggest Vegetable Gardening Mistakes
There's a lot to do in a vegetable garden and it's easy to make some mistakes. Here's how to avoid the 10 most common ways to go wrong in your vegetable garden.

A New Pest in the Garden - Viburnum Leaf Beetle
p]Viburnum were always know for being an exceptionally pest free garden and landscape plant. The imported Viburnum Leaf Beetle (VLB), a native of both Europe and Asia, was first spotted in North America in 1978, in the Ottawa-Hull region of Canada. Since then, it has been making its way south from Canada into the U.S., destroying the flowering shrubs.

Garden Design - Gardening to Attract Butterflies
A true butterfly garden is not designed to only attract adult butterflies. It should also provide a place for them to hibernate, lay eggs, and for the caterpillars, to feed.

Garden Design - Making Butterflies Feel at Home in Your Garden
Gardens for butterflies should provide more than nectar. Butterflies like to bask on garden rocks, drink in bird baths and take shelter in shrubs and ornamental grasses. Page 2.

Garden Design - Choosing Plants for Your Butterfly Garden
Different butterflies like different plants, but all are attracted to your garden by large swaths of color and garden plants and shrubs with plenty of nectar. Page 3.

When to Prune Spring Flowering Trees and Shrubs
It can be confusing figuring out when to prune flowering trees and shrubs. Here's a list of common landscape trees and shrubs and when to prune them.

What is Septoria Leaf Spot
Septoria leaf spot can weaken tomato plants until they eventually die. Here's how to identify and control this common tomato disease.

Symptoms of the Tomato Disease Septoria Leaf Spot?
There are many diseases that cause spots on tomato leaves. To mange the problem, you need to know which disease you are dealing with. Here are the symptoms of Septoria leaf spot, a very common tomato problem in many areas.

What to Do for Tomato Septoria Leaf Spot
Septoria leaf spot is a very common tomato disease that favors certain growing conditions. You may not be able to avoid the disease altogether, but you can give your tomato plants an advantage by knowing what to avoid. Here are some tips.

How to Care for Drought Stressed Plants
Five ways to ease your drought stressed plants back into health. Don't kill them with kindness. Slowly coax your plants back into healthy growth and resumed blooming.

How to Grow Corn in Your Garden
For fresh picked corn flavor, you will have to grow your own. Luckily it's is easy to grow. Here's how to grow and care for sweet corn in your garden.

Growing Strawberries in Containers
You don't need a garden to grow delicious strawberries. Here's how to grow and care for strawberry plants in pot, for a harvest within arm's reach.

How to Maintain Your Vegetable Garden
Keeping your vegetable plants healthy and growing at a steady rate is how to have a high yielding and delicious vegetable garden. Here are some tips.

Annual Flowers for Dry Shade Areas
The 10 annual plants listed here will all grow in partial shade with minimal supplemental water and give a much needed shot of color to a shady corner.

Growing Passion Flowers (Passiflora)
Exotic, tropical Passion Flowers can actually be grown in much milder areas. Here's how to grow and care for passion flowers in your garden.

Problems and Pests of the Vegetable Garden
Diseases, insects and other critters will try and invade your vegetable garden. Don't let them get the better of you or your veggies. Start with a defense against garden pests and be prepared to treat whatever problems might occur.

Tomato Growing Problems
Protecting tomato plants from pests and diseases requires good cultural practices and a good eye. Catch the problems early, for the best chance of recovery. Some common problems to look out for.

July Gardening Tips
July is an unpredictable month in the garden. About all you can count on is humidity. These tips will make sure there is also plenty of abundance.

Controlling Blossom Drop of Tomatoes
Blossom drop is a common and frustrating tomato growing problem that can be attributed to several causes. Here's how to prevent it happening to you.

Top Perennial Shade Plants for Your Garden
Shade gardens can be woodland retreats or unexpected bursts of color. Plants you might not associate with shade can actually be used, too.

Avoid Garden Pests - Give Your Plants Room to Breath
Your garden will never be pest free, but these 5 easy tips will help you cut down on the pest population and keep your plants healthy and productive.

5 Easy Ways to Keep Insect Pests Out of Your Vegetable Garden
Your garden will never be pest free, but these 5 easy tips will help you cut down on the pest population and keep your plants healthy and productive.

Beneficial Insects will Keep Garden Pests in Check
Beneficial insects feed on many garden pest insects and should be welcome in your garden. Here's how to attract them and keep them around.

Attracting Toads, Frogs, and Birds to Eat the Insects in Your Garden
Great allies to have in the garden are frogs, toads, and birds that feed on insect pests. Here are some ways to attract them to your yard.

When to You Water Your Plants
We can't control when rain falls in the garden, but we can control when we water it. Here are some tips for making the most of watering your garden.

Don't Invite Insect Pest to Your Garden with Over Ripe Fruit
Over ripe fruits and vegetables in your garden just invite trouble. They make it that much easier for pests to find and they stress your plants.

Planting, Growing and Caring for Hyacinths
Hyacinth bulbs are easy to grow and send out a strong, sweet fragrance when they bloom in spring. Here are some tips for fall planting and spring care.

Insect Garden Pest Control and Prevention
Integrated pest management (IPM) can be used for controlling garden pests and diseases in the vegetable garden. Controlling vegetable garden pests and problems is a process that blends with the flow of the seasons in a vegetable garden. Garden pests and problems come and go. What gardeners need to keep in mind about IPM is:

How to Grow Cilantro/Coriander
It's not hard to grow cilantro (or coriander) in your garden, but it takes some finesse to keep it growing. Here are tips for an amble harvest.

Growing Lettuce in the Heat of Summer
Here are a few tricks to prolong the lettuce harvest throughout the summer season, how to prevent bolting and wilting.

Seasonal Gardening - Garden Projects & Tasks Throughout the Year
Each season brings its own

Growing Potatoes in the Home Garden
Growing potatoes can be easy, if you learn to avoid the pest and disease problems. They can even be grown in containers. Here are the basics on how to grow potatoes.

Seasonal Garden Tasks - Working in the Fall Garden
Fall is still a very important season in the garden. Cooler temperatures make garden chores easier on you and your plants. Fall is a great time to plant, prune and clean-up the garden.

Seasonal Gardening - Working in the Summer Garden
Summer garden tasks involve keeping the plants and flowers looking their healthiest and enjoying what you've grown. Deadheading, pinching, watering and harvesting flowers, fruits and vegetables goes on throughout the summer.

Seasonal Gardening - Working in the Winter Garden
Winter gardening in warmer zones can mean mean taking advantage of cooler outdoor temperatures to try new plants outdoors. In less temperate zones, winter gardening means houseplants, seed starting and planning next year's garden.

Seasonal Gardens - Working in the Spring Garden
Spring is probably the busiest season in the garden. Winter plant debris and mulch needs to be removed to uncover upcoming plants and make way for new gardens.

Designing a Cottage Garden
Cottage gardens may look informal and carefree, with their disheveled profusion of blooms, but they still require design and care. Here are some tips

Growing the Eastern Prickly Pear (Opuntia compressa)
Eastern prickly pear cactus adds a touch of desert to cool climates . It's not just beautiful and extremely hardy, it's also incredibly easy to grow.

How to Blanch Vegetable Plants
To keep some vegetables tender and sweet, we block out the sun and blanch their stems and leaves. Tips for how and which vegetable plants to blanch.

Planting and Growing Daffodils
Daffodils may be the most popular spring flowering bulb. They are easy to grow and live for years. Here's how to plant and care for daffodil flowers.

Top Five Garden Hoes: Review
Weeds are a fact of gardening life. Hoes can make quick work of weeds. They can also be used to break up soil that isn’t to compacted. For strength, look for a rolled steel blade that is riveted to the handle. Smaller blades allow you to get in between plants.

Growing Winter Squash - How to Grow Winter Squash
Pumpkins may be the best known winter squash, but there are dozens of great winter squash varieties to grow in the home garden. They're easy to grow and you'll be enjoying them months after your garden is gone for the season.

How to Select and Grow Lettuce
Salad greens are easy to grow and there are literally hundreds of varieties. Here's a look at growing and choosing the best lettuce for eating fresh.

Lettuce - Salad Green Varieties
Salad greens are easy to grow and there are literally hundreds of varieties. That pale green head you see at the grocery store is just the tip of the iceberg. From curly to oak leafed, here's a look at growing and choosing the best lettuce. Page 2.

Bulbs - Selecting Flowering Bulbs for Garden Design
There's more to bulbs than daffodils. And there are more seasons for flowering bulbs than just spring. Flowering bulbs add color and interest all year round and many are especially resistant to animal and pest damage. Here are some top choices for flowering bulbs.

Growing Lilies - Fragrance and Elegance
Lilies are some of the most beautiful and fragrant plants you can grow. Here's how to decide which to grow and how to care for them in your garden.

Growing True Lilies - Which to Choose, What to Watch Out For
True lilies fill your garden with beauty and fragrance. However there are a few problems to watch out for. Here's how to care for your lily plants. Page 2.

How to Grow Sedum, or Showy Stonecrop
Sedum, with succulent leaves and flower clusters, are attractive all season and light up a fall garden. Growing Sedum is easy; almost mistake proof.

Garden Plants for Special Needs and Problem Areas
There are plants that will grow in your garden, no matter what your growing conditions. Good garden design requires consideration of what plants will grow well in your particular garden as well as what plants combine well together.

Garden Design using Plant Texture
Leaf texture plays a big role in garden design. Leaves can be fine, coarse, bold, or in between. See how the interest comes in how you mix things up.

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Leaf texture plays a big role in garden design. Leaves can be fine, coarse, bold, or in between. See how the interest comes in how you mix things up.

Growing, Harvesting and Using Culinary Sage
Sage is one of those wonderful Mediterranean herbs that only asks for sun and warmth, then takes care of itself. Here are tips for growing great sage.

Perennial Plants that Don't Need Deadheading
These flowering perennial plants require no deadheading to remain attractive all season. There's less effort on your part, but just as much enjoyment.

Perennial Plants that Don't Need Deadheading
These flowering perennial plants require no deadheading to remain attractive all season. There's less effort on your part, but just as much enjoyment.

Spring Blooming Crocus (How to Grow and Maintain)
Crocus flowers are one of the brightest and earliest spring bloomers. Plant them in the fall and these easy to grow bulbs will light up your yard.

Get Started in the Garden
Gardening basics to get any gardener off to a good start, including evaluating a site, selecting healthy plants and analyzing the soil.

Gifts Ideas for Gardeners
Gardeners are easy to buy gifts for. There is always some new gardening gadget or plant they would love to try. Still stumped? Here are gift ideas for gardeners, for Him, for kid gardeners and for stocking stuffers.

Pruning Plants: When to Prune What When & How
Many plants, trees & shrubs benefit from regular pruning. But when to you prune which plants? Here are some tips.

Soil - The Beginning of Any Good Garden
Without good soil, gardening is an uphill battle. Good soil is 90% of the secret to a great garden. Testing, amending and feeding the soil should come before you even think about planting. Here's what makes for good soil and how you can have it and keep it.

Gardening Tips - Gardening Tips Submitted by Readers
Gardening tips from real gardeners. Tips for designing your garden, growing more vegetables, getting rid of slugs and other garden problems. Readers submitted their favorite tips. Submit and share a gardening tip of your own.

Community Gardening
Advice and tips from people who have started or worked on community gardens or school gardens. Getting a community garden started or working with a group of kids takes planning and organization. Learn from others experiences in community and school gardens.

Gardening Help and Resources
Resources, web sites and blogs to go to for gardening help and advice.

Catalogs and Online Sources for Plants and Gardening Supplies
Gardeners can now order plants and other gardening supplies from virtually any where in the world. Here are some of the best catalog and online gardening sources.

Gardening Books to Make Your Garden Better
Gardening books are great for reference and inspiration. The best make you want to run out into your garden and make it better. Here are some favorties.

Garden Maintenance - Half the Fun of Gardening
Planting a garden is only the beginning. Keeping your garden growing and thriving is what makes you a gardener. From deadheading to dividing and even harvesting, the thrill of gardening comes after the planting. Learn how here.

Organic Gardening - How to Have a Great Garden Organically
Gardening organically doesn't mean you have to surrender your garden to pests and diseases. Organic gardening is actually a lot of common sense. Learn what it means to be an organic gardener and how you can ease your garden in organics.

Flower & Garden Shows - Acres of Garden Design Ideas and Inspiration
Photos of display gardens from flower and garden shows. Ideas for garden design and plant combinations to use in your own garden.

Growing Fresh Herbs in the Home Garden
Herb gardening is a feast for all the senses, but herb gardening doesn't require a devoted plot, although many gardeners do have a separate culinary herb garden. Herb plants can be grown throughout the landscape. Here are some ideas for growing your own fresh herbs, using them in cooking and all through the home, as well as preserving them.

Making Gifts from the Plants in Your Garden
Share your garden with these easy to make gift ideas using dried herbs, flowers and foliage from the garden. None take a great deal of skill or time, but they all add the elements of nature and fragrance to your holidays. So share your garden with friends this holiday season or make yourself a gift or two. Most are also fun projects to do with the kids.

Garden Plant Profiles - Information About Growing and Caring for Popular Garden Plants
The Plant Profiles presented here offer detailed information about popular garden plants, including how to grow them, garden maintenance, harvesting, design suggestions and suggested varieties.

Dealing with Problems Associate with Houseplants
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.

Black-Eyed Susans - Choosing and Growing Rudbeckia
For a dependable, long season bloomer, you can't go wrong with Rudbeckia. Here are some tips for choosing, growing and caring for Black-eyed Susans.

Growing and Using the Herb Borage in the Home Garden
Tips for growing borage, an herb plant with the flavor of cucumbers and brilliant blue flowers. It's easy to grow and care for, and even sows itself.

How to Grow Herbs Indoors on a Sunny Windowsill
Many herb plants can be grown indoors, on a sunny windowsill or under lights. Here are tips for the best herbs to grow and how to keep them growing.

Pairing and Combining Your Fresh Grown Herbs With Foods
Some herbs seem to lend themselves with specific foods. Here's a list of common herb/food pairings to try in the kitchen.

Growing Artichokes - Tips for Anywhere
Tips for planting, growin, and caring for artichoke plants just about anywhere, plus how to harvest and prepare all those tender, tasty buds.

Planting, Growing and Caring for Tulips
Tulips are one of the first signs of spring, delighting you just when you need it most. Here are tips for planting and caring for your tulip bulbs.

Russian Sage - Growing Perovskia in the Garden
Russian Sage (Perovskia) is grown for its bright lavender-blue late summer flowers and finely cut, aromatic, grayleaves. Tips for growing yours.

Herb Gardenings - Garden Design with Herbs
Herb gardening can be anything from the wild abandon of a cottage herb garden to the order and formality of a knot garden. Or you can simply incorporate a few herb plants into your existing gardens and do a bit of companion planting.

Container Herb Gardening - Growing Herbs in Pots, Indoors or Out
Creating a herb container garden takes more care and selection than an in ground herb garden. Here are some tips for caring for your container herb plants and which herbs will do best in pots.

Drying, Freezing, Storing and Using Herbs
How to preserve herbs. Tips for drying, freezing and storing herbs from your herb garden.

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Fresh herbs are easy to grow and delicious to use in home cooking. Here are tips for growing, harvesting, preserving and best of all, recipes for cooking with the herbs your grow in your home garden.

Wildflower Gardening - Maintaining Control
Getting a wildflower garden established without it becoming too invasive takes fine tuning Here's how to keep your wildflower meadow in top shape. Page 2.

Mint - Growing, Use and Care Guide
Mint plants (Mentha) couldn't be easier to grow. In fact, it can easily take over your garden. Here's how to keep it healthy, flavorful, and in check.

Wildflower Gardens - Gardening with Nature?
Wildflower gardens take planning and maintenance. You can't just scatter some seeds. Here's how to start your wildflowers off right and keep them going.

WIldflowers for birds, butterflies and beneficials
Gardening with wildflowers attracts wildlife you want in your garden. Hummingbirds, butterflies and beneficial insects are all drawn to wildflowers. Page 3.

Growing and Caring for Purple Coneflowers (Echinacea)
Coneflowers (Echinacea), rugged native American plants, bloom throughout summer. Here are some growing tips to get the most from these popular plants.

How to Grow Berries in Containers to Avoid Pests
Many berry plants make good candidates for growing in containers. Here are some quick tips for growing popular berries in pots and small spaces.

What Is an Annual Flower or Plant? - Definition
Annual flowers and plants only live for one growing season. But not all plants that are killed by frost at the end of the season are annuals. An annual plant must complete its life cycle in one growing season.

How to Grow Fruits, Vegetables and Herbs in Pots & Containers
You don't need a lot of space to grow delicious food at home. Almost anything you can grow in a vegetable garden can be grown in a pot. Herbs especially lend themselves to container gardens. Here's how to grow fruits, vegetables and herbs in pots and containers.

Container Vegetable Gardening - Growing Vegetables in Pots and Container Gardens
You don't need a lot of space to grow a lot of vegetables. There is virtually no vegetable that cannot be grown in a pot or container.

Vegetable Gardening in Containers and Small Spaces
Container vegetable gardening allows you to grow fresh vegetables almost anywhere. Here are specific tips on how to grow big yields in small spaces.

Perennial Flowers that Self-Sow
Perennial plants can take time to multiply, but these self-sowing perennials speed up the process. Grow some, to fill in the gaps in your garden.

Top 10 Fragrant Roses to Grow
All roses are beautiful, but fragrant roses are extra special. And who would be better qualified than the 'All America Rose Selections' to clue us into some great growing roses with exceptional fragrance. Here are their picks from the last 5 decades.

Gardening Websites With Really Useful Information
Gardening online is one of the best tools a gardener has. Here is a list of 10 information packed garden diagnostic web sites to answer all your gardening questions.

Catmints (Nepeta) - Easy Growing, Drought Hardy Plants
Catmint (Nepeta) is a free flowering, low maintenance plant. Take another look here, at how to grow catmint and its usefulness in any garden design.

Controlling Plant Thugs - Overly Aggressive Plants
We've all planted things we wish we hadn't. Call them plant thugs, overly enthusiastic growers or plant invaders, here's some help for what to avoid and what to do if you plant them anyway.

Cottage Garden Bellflowers (Campanula sp. and hybrids)
Bellflowers (Campanula) are great in any garden, but especially so in cottage gardens where they add a natural appeal. More on cottage garden flowers.

7 Timeless Cottage Garden Plants
Cottage gardens evoke visions of billowy flowers growing into and through one another. The first step is choosing the right plants. Here are 7 top contenders.

Catmint Adds Casual Color to Cottage Gardens
Catmint is a low maintenance plant that delivers profuse blooms on a deer resistant plant. It's one of 7 flowers profiled as top cottage garden plants.

Clematis - A Integral Cottage Garden Plant
Clematis are elegant vines that lend a cottage garden effect. They are easy to grow, although they have a few quirks. More cottage garden favorites.

Hardy Geraniums for Cottage Garden Edges
True, hardy geraniums are quintessential cottage garden plants, flowing and filling in between other plants and pavers. Growing cottage garden plants.

Iris for Old Fashioned Charm
Iris plants have been popular for decades and there are many types to choose from. Here are some choices for a cottage garden, including iris and more.

Lady’s Mantle - The Perfect Edging Plant
Lady's Mantle has a unique look and charm. It's casual elegance makes it a perfect cottage garden plant. Here's a look at Lady's Mantle and more.

Roses - Require for a Cottage Garden
What would a cottage garden be without roses? Here are some tips for using roses in your cottage garden and plants to include with them.

Growing the Elegant Shade Perennial Solomon's Seal
Tips for growing Solomon's Seal (Polygonatum), a native woodland plant, with delicate white flowers that dangle beneath arching stems, in your garden.

Controlling Annual vs. Perennial Weeds
If there’s a bare spot in your garden, a weed seed will find it. 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. Knowing whether a weed is an annual and will die this season or a perennial weed that will just keep growing, will help you control the weeds in your garden.

Gardening Chores in June
By June, everything is planted and growing. Now is the time to begin monitoring your garden,to catch problems early. Here is a to-do list.

Tips to Make Gardening Easier
Gardening easier means you can garden more. Use these smart gardening tips to make your gardening chores and maintenance less time and labor consuming and make your time in the garden more enjoyable.

Easy Gardening - More Ways to Make Gardening Easier
Gardening easier means you can garden more. Consider how much time your spend watering your garden, feeding your plants or walking back to the tool shed. Use these smart gardening tips to make your gardening chores and maintenance less time and labor consuming and make your time in the garden more enjoyable. Page 2.

3 Tips for Keeping Annual Flowers Blooming
We grow annual flowers because they can bloom all season in the garden. Here are 3 tips to ensure you get the most blooms all summer.

Hydrangeas - How to Grow Hydrangeas
Hydrangeas are easy to grow, but can frustrate you by not blooming. Here are some tips for caring for hydrangeas, getting them to bloom and new hydrangea varieties that are even easier to grow

Hydrangeas to Grow in the Home Garden
Hydrangeas are a popular shrub. From mid-summer until fall, hydrangeas produce a glorious show in gardens. Hydrangeas thrive in both sandy coastal soils and in shady woodland sites. Here are some hydrangea options you might not have considered. Page 2.

How to Control Cercospora Leaf Spot of Roses
Ways to identify Cercospora leaf spot on roses and some tips for how to control or even prevent it.

Preventing Crown Gall on Roses
How to identify crown gall on rose plants and tips for preventing it, as well as what to do if your plant gets it.

Controlling Japanese Beetles on Roses
Japanese beetles are common pests of rose bushes. Here's how to deal with and control them on your plants.

How to Prevent or Control Powdery Mildew on Roses
How to identify, prevent or control powdery mildew on rose plants.

How to Prevent or Control Rose Mosaic Virus
How to identify damage from rose mosaic virus and what to do if your rose has it.

How to Control Rose Curculios
Tips for limiting rose curculio damage to your rose bushes. How to control the adults and their larvae.

Controlling Aphids on Roses
How to identify aphids on roses and what to do to control them.

How to Prevent or Control Black Spot on Roses
How to prevent or control black spot on roses with good cultural practices and sprays, if needed.

The Top 10 Usual Suspects
Common rose growing problems, their symptoms and help for how to control or avoid them.

How to Control Thrip Damage on Roses
What to do about thrips on your rose flowers. How to get this insect pest under control.

How to Control Rose Slugs
How to identify damage from rose slugs and ways to control them in your garden.

Baking Soda Recipe for Controlling Mildew on Plants
Powdery mildew and other fungus diseases of plants have long been successfully controlled with a home remedy of baking soda, water, and oil or soap. Here's the recipe.

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How to Choose and Combine Plants for Container Gardens
Container gardens are a fun way to play with colors and styles. These techniques will help you design beautiful containers and keep them looking good.

How to Grow Lima Beans
Lima beans are almost as easy to grow as common green beans, yet they aren't found in too many backyard gardens. Why not give them a try. Here are some tips to get you started.

Water Gardening - Add a Water Element to Your Garden
Water elements can be added to the garden as simply as a small container with a water lily or a full scale pond with a waterfall. Selecting plants and features for water gardens will add a new source of interest to the gardener and the garden. Good advice for maintaining a water garden shouldn't be overlooked.

Winter Care of Water Lilies
It is possible to over winter both hardy and tropical water lilies, but it can be tricky. Here are some tricks and tips to help you have success

June Fruit Drop: Causes of Fruits Falling After Flowering
Watching helplessly as the tiny fruits fall off your trees? Don’t panic, this is normal for fruit trees. Here’s why you should welcome it.

Tips for Growing a Kitchen Herb Garden - Culinary Herbs
Growing a kitchen herb garden puts fresh seasonings a pinch away. Here's how to grow fresh, flavorful kitchen herbs right outside your back door.

Best Plants for a Bathroom
Bathrooms are terrific places for houseplants. The warm humidity is just what many plants need. Here are some great suggestions to dress up the bath.

How to Grow Fava Beans
Fava beans (broad beans) are one of the earliest vegetables ready to harvest in spring. Here are tips for growing your own plus fava bean recipes.

More Vegetable Gardening Tips
Help and advice for beginning vegetable gardeners and experienced gardener who want to grow more.

Tips for Growing Vegetables in Containers
Whether you're short of space or long on convenience, growing vegetables in containers makes sense for you. Here are the nitty gritty tips for success.

How to Grow Summer Squash in Conatiners
Zucchini and other summer squashes can be large plants, but they can be tamed and grown in containers. Follow this advice for great zucchini in pots.

How to Grow Tomatoes in Container
Growing tomatoes in containers is a great way to keep them handy for snacking. Here's how to grow abundant, delicious container tomatoes.

How to Grow Beans in Containers
Beans are quick growing and prolific. They are also well suited to container gardening. Here's how to get a great, handy bean harvest in pots.

How to Grow Carrots in Containers
Fresh carrots taste extra sweet and crunchy. You can grow your own anywhere, even in pots and containers. Here's how to grow your homegrown carrots.

How to Grow Cucumbers in Containers
Love crunchy, sweet cucumbers but think you don't have room to grow your own? Here's how to grow cucumbers in containers. It's easier than you think.

How to Grow Eggplant in Containers
Eggplants grow great in containers. The heat from the pots encourages the plants to set lots of fruits. More tips for growing eggplant in containers.

How to Grow Green Onions in Containers
You can always have onions on hand if you grow your own green onions in containers. Indoors or out, here's some advice on growing scallions in pots.

How to Grow Lettuce in Containers
Lettuce is a quick and easy vegetable to grow and well suited to growing in containers. Here are tips of a continual supply of fresh lettuce in pots.

How to Grow Peppers in Containers
Pepper plants can be even more prolific when grown in pots. They love the extra heat form the containers. Here are more tips for growing peppers in pots.

How to Grow Radishes in Containers
Quick growing vegetables, like radishes, are perfect for container gardening. Here's how to grow radishes and other vegetable in containers.

How to Grow Coleus Plants
No other plant gives you as much punch drunk color, all season long, as coleus. These tender tropicals are easy to grow and complement every garden. Plant a rainbow.

Avoiding Problems Growing Root Vegetables
Don't wait for your root vegetables to plump up, only to pull them up and be disappointed. Tips for avoiding problems when growing root vegetables.

Top 10 Tips for Great Container Gardens
Container gardening offers many conveniences, like easy access and portability. These rules of thumb can help you create beautiful combinations..

Ornamental Grasses to Grow in Containers
Growing ornamental grasses in containers is a great way to prevent them from spreading or taking over the garden. Here are my top ten picks for pots.

Choosing the Best Plants
Information about growing and caring for specific plants and the best choices for your garden. Top Picks, Favorites and New Introductions

Choosing and Caring for Flowering Shrubs in the Landscape
Flowering shrubs do double duty in the landscape. There are many to choose from. Select a flowering shrubs that will thrive in your area and site conditions and then learn to take care of it so you get maximum blooms.

New Plant Varieties - Reviews and Descriptions to Help You Decide What's Worth Growing
New plants are being bred and introduced every year. How do you know which are worth trying in your garden. Well, several growing organizations award plants that have distinguished themselves. Here are reviews and descriptions of new plants for your garden.

Ergonomic Gardening Tools
We hear a lot about ergonomic tools lately, tools that place less stress on the worker and more on the tool. Gardeners can sure benefit from tools designed for gardeners with limited motion or repetitive movement injuries. Tools that make gardening less stressful on the body.

Garden Gloves - Finding Gloves For All Sorts of Gardening Jobs
Garden gloves protect your hands from thorns, firction and the drying effects of working in soil. If you garden a lot, chances are good you'll need more than one type of gardening glove. Here's some advice on the types of gloves available and what to look for.

Greenhouses and Cold Frames - Buying or Building, What You Need to Kno
Gardening in greenhouses and cold frames helps you extend the gardening season. How large a greenhouse do you need? What type of insulating material is best? What else do you need to know before you start buying plants for your greenhouse or cold frame? Here are some answers.

Hydrangea - Choosing and Caring for Hydrangeas
Old fashioned Hydrangeas are popular again and there are even more varieties to choose from. Read here about the best choices, how to care for them and when to prune.

Annual Flowers Designated All America Selection Winners
Each year the All America SelectionsTM awards a handful of new flowering plants that they feel display qualities that are superior to plants already on the market. These qualities can include growth habit, adaptability, color, scent, and overall performance.

Attracting Birds with Trees and Shrubs
Attracting birds to your yard is as easy as choosing the right trees and shrubs. Trees and shrubs offer birds a place to nest, rest and feed. Here are some suggestions.

Selecting Trees, Shrubs & Vines for Fall Color
Colorful fall foliage is a major selling point for many landscape trees and shrubs. Select the right tree or shrub for your landscape, plant it early and sit back and enjoy the fall show.

How and When to Prune Trees, Shrubs and Vines
Knowing the best time to prune trees, shrubs and vines results in healthier, better performing plants. Learning the right techniques for making cuts prevents problems after pruning.

Trees, Shrubs and Vines: Terms to Know
Every plant group has its own terminology. Trees, shrubs and vines are no different. Do you know what a soft wood cutting is? As questions about what terms mean arise, they'll be explained here.

Pruning Saws - How to Prune Trees and Shrubs
Pruning Saws - How to Prune Trees and Shrubs. Page 4.

Purple Tomatillo
Purple Tomatillo. Gardening. Page 11.

Tomato: Yellow Magic
Tomato: Yellow Magic. Gardening. Page 3.

Hand Pruners
How to Prune Perennial Plants and Shrubs

Pruning Shears
Sometimes it's easier to shear the whole plant than to deadhead each flower, as with the nepeta shown here. Page 3.

Using a Lopper to Prune Plants
Using a Lopper to Prune Plants. Gardening. Page 2.

The Pruning Tools You Need for Trees and Shrubs
Pruning plants intimidates gardeners. It shouldn't. Pruning is one of the best things you can do for the plants in your garden and landscape. Becoming proficient at pruning plants just takes experience and the right tools. The basic 4 tools described here will take care of pretty much all your home garden pruning tasks.

Gardening Gift Basket for the Pampered Gardener
Treat the gardener on your gift list to a little luxury. They grew you strawberries last summer, buy them the chocolate covered kind for the holidays. Page 4.

Gift Baskets for Gardeners
Gift baskets for gardeners usually means tools, seeds and other gardening supplies. How about making a gift basket like this, to pamper the gardener? Page 2.

Zinnia Profusion
Zinnia Profusion 5 Color Mix. Gardening. Page 13.

Zinnia 'Crystal White'
Zinnia 'Crystal White' 1997 AAS Winner. Page 12.

Zinnia 'Double Zahara Cherry' and 'Double Zahara Fire'
Zinnia 'Double Zahara Cherry' and 'Double Zahara Fire' 2010 AAS Winners. Page 18.

Zinnia 'Magellan Coral'
Zinnia 'Magellan Coral' 2005 AAS Winner. Page 9.

Zinnia 'Old Mexico'
Zinnia 'Old Mexico' 1962 AAS Winner. Page 2.

Zinnia 'Peter Pan Cream'
Zinnia 'Peter Pan Cream' 1978 AAS Winner. Page 4.

Zinnia 'Peter Pan Flame'
Zinnia 'Peter Pan Flame' 1980 AAS Winner. Page 7.

Zinnia 'Profusion Yellow'
Zinnia 'Profusion Yellow'. Gardening. Page 14.

Zinnia 'Queen Lime'
Zinnia 'Queen Lime'. Gardening. Page 10.

Zinnia 'Queen Red Lime'
Zinnia 'Queen Red Lime'. Gardening. Page 11.

Zinnia 'Red Sun'
Zinnia 'Red Sun' 1978 AAS Winner. Page 6.

Zinnia 'Royal Purple'
Zinnia 'Royal Purple' 1942 AAS Winner

Zinnia 'Thumbelina'
Zinnia 'Thumbelina' 1963 AAS Winner. Page 3.

Zinnia 'Yellow Ruffles'
Zinnia 'Yellow Ruffles' 1978 AAS Winner. Page 5.

Zinnia 'Zowie Yellow Flame'
Zinnia 'Zowie Yellow Flame' 2006 AAS Winner. Page 15.

Zinnia Giant Double Mix
Zinnia Giant Double Mix. Gardening. Page 8.

Zinnia Zahara 'Raspberry Lemonade'
Zinnia Zahara 'Raspberry Lemonade'. Page 16.