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Need a Quick, Colorful Climber? Try Cypress Vine
Fast growing, annual vines are great for adding color and height to your garden. Cypress vine is one of the best. Here's how to grow them in your garden.

Lantana Plants Offer Multiple Color Choices
Where Lantana is hardy, it can grow into a lovely shrub, but even cooler climate gardeners can grow Lantana as an annul. Here's how to care for yours.

Stop Taking Marigolds for Granted
Marigolds are popular for a reason. These little flowers ask little from the gardener and bloom all season. Here are tips for keeping yours growing.

Cosmos Flowers Bloom Long and Seed Themselves
One of the easiest and longest flowering annuals is cosmos. There's a wide range of colors and they even seed themselves. Here's how to grow cosmos.

Spider Flowers Add Intrigue to the Garden
Cleome, or spider flower, is a tall, bouncy plant with flowers that look like spiky balls. Here are some tips to grow this quick and easy annual flower.

For Bold Color in Hot, Dry Gardens, Look to Celosia
Celosia plants provide a brilliant splash of color in the garden. They are great in hot, dry conditions. More tips for growing and caring for celosia.

Colorful Amaranth
Amaranth plants, like love-lies-bleeding and Joseph's Coat, bring unusual forms, textures, and colors to the garden. Here are go grow and care for them.

The Best Annual Flowers for Full Sun
Asking annual flowers to put up with hot, baking sun, dry soil, or high humidity is no small challenge. These 12 flowers can take it all and thrive.

Garden Maintenance: Pinching versus Shearing
Deadheading or removing the dead flowers from a plant will encourage the plant to produce more flowers. Some plants have so many flowers, it is easier to simply shear back the entire plant, as with the Coreopsis shown here.

Garden Maintenance: Shearing
Many garden plants will look much fresher is the old blooms and foliage are sheared back. This can be an extreme form of deadheading, but it is actually good for the plant, as shown with the Nepeta here.

Garden Maintenance: Foliage Dieback
Spring blooming plants can start to look tired and worn by mid-summer. The geranium shown here is looking scraggly and unattractive. It needs some selective pruning.

Garden Maintenance: Basal Growth
An overlooked garden chore involves cutting back foliage of tired and worn plants to the new or basal growth. This will encourage the plant to start growing again, as with the geranium shown here.

Garden Maintenance: Pruning to Rejuvenate
An overlooked garden chore involves cutting back foliage of tired and worn plants to the new or basal growth. This will enocourage the plant to start growing again, as with the geranium shown here.

Garden Maintenance: Cutting Back to Shape Plants
Periodically pruning or cutting back garden plants that tend to grow tall and thin can make for stockier plants and more blooms.

Garden Maintenance: Pinching
Deadheading spent flowers can encourage more blooms. Some plants make deadheading an easy task, because their stems are so crisp you can snap them with your fingers. Here, a coleus flower is being pinched off.

Garden Maintenance: Pinching, Deadheading, Cutting Back
Deadheading fading flowers is an easy way to keep your garden blooming and looking fresh. The examples shown here are flowers that benefit from regular deadheading.

Garden Maintenance: Cutting Back Flowering Stem
Most flowers benefit from having their spent flowers removed. Flowers that repeat bloom will often do so only if the old, dying flowers are removed. If they remain on the plant, they will go to seed and stop producing flowers. Here, the entire lowering stem is removed.

Recycled Supplies for Starting Seeds
You don't need fancy equipment to start seeds indoors. Grab any of these recycled and re-purposed items and start planting. Any ideas to add?

How to Prevent Rose Growing Problems Before They Occur
Choosing the right type of rose and giving it the care that it needs are common sense approaches to carefree plants. Planting your roses in combination with other plants, rather than in an exclusively rose garden, can further cut down on problems. However we are often drawn to the beautiful prima donas in the rose world and these will require more attention. The best remedy for rose problems is a good defense.

How to Test Old Seed for Viability
There's always leftover seed in our packets. Here's how to test if it's still good to sow the following year, before you plant it and are disappointed.

Deterring Birds From Your Garden and Home
Birds are usually welcome in the garden, until they become a nusiance. Besides eating your fruits and berries before you get a chance, they can make an ugly, slippery mess of things. Here are some ways to deter birds from staining, pecking and nesting in your home.

How to Grow Stinking Hellebore
Stinking Helllebore? Don't let the name fool you, these perennials are champions, evergreen despite snow and blooming before most plants are even awake.

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Evergreens for Privacy Screens
Evergreens make wonderful living privacy screens and wind or noise breaks. Here are 10 of the best evergreens for creating a hedge, based on growth rate and required maintenance.

Easy House Plants That Are Hard to Kill
These 6 indoors plants are extremely hard to kill with neglect or kindness, yet they'll add that homey feel that only plants can bring.

12 Best Blue Flowering Plants for the Garden
Blue can be illusive in the garden, but these 12 plants offer varying shades of brilliant blue and can be grown by gardeners in many different climates.

Difference Between Hybrid and Heirloom Vegetables
Is there a difference and is one type of vegetable seed better for you than another. Here's a breakdown of what it means when a vegetable is defined as hybrid, open pollinated, heirloom or genetically modified (GMO).

Bamboo - Selected Varieties for Growing in Home Gardens
The trick to growing bamboo without letting it take over is to choose a good variety and keep close tabs on it. Here's some advice. Page 2.

Squash, Winter - Potimarron
Add some variety to your winter squash by growing 'Potimarron', a chestnut flavored and scented squash that's as easy to grow as pumpkins. Here's how.

Squash, Summer - Rampicante Tromboncino
Here's a zucchini that won't get away from you, in the garden. Tromboncino stays tender, even as it grows ever longer. Here's how to grow it.

Heirloom Vegetables - Beyond Tomatoes
There's no denying heirloom tomatoes are fantastic, but don't stop there. Delicious vegetables come in many packages. Grow some unexpected goodies.

Radish - 'Rat's Tail'
If you have problems growing radishes in hot weather, try this edible podded radish, 'Rat's Tail'. Much better than it sounds.

Eggplant - Turkish Orange
Turkish Orange Eggplant has a unique tangy sweet flavor, unlike any eggplant you've tasted. Grow this unusual heirloom vegetable in your garden.

A New Cucumber to Grow - Mexican Sour Gherkin
Mexican Sour Gherkins are tiny fruits somewhere between a cucumber and a melon. These easy to grow heirlooms are also versatile in the kitchen.

Ground Cherry - Aunt Molly's
Ground cherries are very easy to grow, even in containers. You'll get lots of sweet, citrus flavored fruits for snaking or cooking. Here are some tips.

Fall Vegetable Gardening Tips
Don't let your vegetable garden fade away at the end of summer. With a little planning, you can keep growing and harvesting vegetables well into the holidays. Here are tips for what to plant, when to plant and how to plant a fall vegetable garden.

Rose Gardening Tips - Selecting and Growing Roses
Rose gardening basics are all you need to get started as a rose gardener. Growing roses doesn’t have to be a challenge. You can grow a prize winning hybrid tea rose, old fashioned cabbage roses, sprawling ramblers and climbers or the perfect fragrant rose if you know how to care for roses simply. Here are easy to follow planting, pruning and enjoying rose gardening tips.

Transplanting Garden Plants - Watering
No matter when you transplant plants or seedlings from your garden, water is a crucial element to the garden plants success. When you water transplanted plants and seedlings is also important.

Causes of Cucumbers Infected With Bacterial Wilt
Cucumber vines that mysteriously wilt and die off are probably infected with bacterial wilt. Cucumber bacterial wilt is transmitted by the cucumber beetle. There’s not much you can do once the vines are infected with cucumber bacterial wilt, but you can take some measures early in the season to protect your young cucumber plants. Here’s help for cucumber bacterial wilt.

Guide to Identifying Types of Old Fashioned Hydrangea
To know when to prune your old fashioned hydrangea, you'll need to know what type of hydrangea it is. Here's some help in identifying your hydrangea.

Drought Tolerant Perennial Flowers for Dry Areas
10 perennial plants that may surprise you with their drought tolerance. While water is crucial to growing healthy plants,these perennials that can withstand periodic dry spells. Sooner or later every garden will experience a period of drought.

Perennial Flowers for Dry Areas
Underused perennial plants for dry gardens. Page 2.

Easiest Annual Flowers to Grow from Seed
Annual flowers give you blooms throughout the summer and can easily be started from seed. Even better, start these 12 easy to grow annuals by direct sowing them in the garden.

Growing Roses - Top Roses for Shade Gardens
Rose growers recomend at least 5 -6 hours of full sun for growing roses. If your garden doesn't provide that much sun, you may still be able to grow select varieties of roses. No rose will thrive and bloom without some sun, but there are roses that will do just fine with a little shade. Here are some top rosarian picks of roses able to perform in partial shade.

Top Roses for Shade Gardens
Page 2. No rose will thrive and bloom without some sun, but there are roses that will grow just fine with a little shade. Here are some top rosarian picks of roses able to perform in partial shade.

How to Design a Home Vegetable Garden
Vegetable gardening is easy, but creating the initial vegetable garden takes some work. Be sure to put some thought into designing your vegetable garden before you start digging.

Cool Season Annual Flowers for Spring and Fall
Cool weather can be hard to garden in, because you never know how long it will last. But there are many annual flowers that prefer the cool days of spring and fall.

When to Harvest Vegetables
There are no precise guidelines for when to harvest your vegetables, but they do give off some telltale signs. Here are some rules of thumb to help you know when they are at maximum flavor.

When Should You Harvest Your Vegetables?
Tips for picking your vegetables when they are at their peak of flavor. Page 2.

Preventing Birds From Eating Your Fruits & Berries
If birds seem to get all your fruits and berries before you have a chance to harvest them, you need to implement some type of bird control in your garden. There are dozens of varieties of bird control on the market. It can be hard to figure out which is right for you and your needs, and each type has its pros and cons. Most humane bird control can be divided into several categories: visual scares, taste aversions, roost inhibitors, sonic repellers and ultrasonic disrupters.

Growing Roses - Dealing With Rose Diseases
Despite a gardener’s best efforts, roses can often become infected with fungus diseases. Luckily, few fungus problems will kill your rose bush and most can be handled with low toxicity and minimal effort. Here are the top four rose diseases and how to handle them.

Using Dwarf Evergreens to Create Garden Bones
The term 'Bones of the Garden' can be difficult to understand, let alone accomplish. Garden Bones refers to using something architectural to define the structure of a garden. Most often we see it in large-scale estate or public gardens, but it is doable in more humble gardens too. One of the best tools for adding bones to your garden design is dwarf conifers. Structural, eye catching, easy to grow and diverse, dwarf conifers show a garden means business. Here are some of the best.

Growing a Variety of Ornamental Gourds
Growing gourds is easy and extremely rewarding. By drying ornamental gourds, you can keep them intact indefinitely and use them to make bird houses, containers, pots and silly, whimsical decorations. However gourds will require a good amount of space to run and they will probably take the entire growing season to mature. But growing gourds is something that the entire family can take part in and enjoy. Here’s how easy it is.

Spring Cleaning - Getting Your Garden Ready to Grow
Spring is the busiest time of year in the garden. There are so many garden chores to be done before your plants start growing in earnest. When to start spring garden cleaning and which tasks to conquer first depend on when spring comes to your garden. But here is a check list of spring cleaning tasks to plan for in your garden clean-up.

Changing the Color of Your Hydrangeas
Hydrangeas have a reputation for being chameleons, but not all hydrangeas change color. Generally you will need to grow Big Leaf Hydrangeas, Hydrangea macrophylla, to get the pink or blue color you are seeking.

How Much Mulch or Soil Amendment Will You Need?
Knowing how much mulch or amendment to purchase for your garden is always a bit of a guess, but you can make it an educated one by using these easy (honest) measurements and calculations.

Tips for Planting and Transplanting Roses
How to plant and transplant roses. Tips for getting your rose plants off to a great start.

Choosing Plants for a Small Space Garden
While there are times to indulge yourself with whatever plant catches your fancy, when designing a small garden, every plant matters. Here's how to choose wisely.

Small Garden Design - Choosing Plants
Designing a small garden takes some careful editing and a good choice of plants. Here are some ideas to get your started. Page 2.

When Should I Plant My Spring-Blooming Bulbs?
The perfect time to plant spring blooming bulbs depends on where you live and what the weather is like that season. Spring blooming bulbs need several weeks in the ground to get their root systems growing before the ground freezes. But even if you don’t get your spring blooming bulbs in on time, there are a few thing you can do.

What is a Hardy Annual Plant?
What defines an annual plant as hardy, half-hardy or tender? Most gardeners think of a hardy plant as one that will survive cold winters. Hardy annual seems like an oxymoron, but the terms are actually distinctions used in England to classify the relative cold tolerance of newly planted annual seeds. This is what the terms were originally meant to define

Nasturtium Capers Made From Plant Seeds
Real capers are the buds of the caper plant, but this poor man's version, made from the still firm seeds of nasturtium plants, is crisper and tangier.

Fusarium Wilt of Tomatoes
Fusarium wilt infects tomato plants and blocks their ability to take up water. It's a soil borne disease and it can persist for years. Tips for identifying and controlling Fusarium wilt.

Symptoms and Control of Fusarium Wilt in Tomatoes
Fusarium wilt is a persistent soil borne disease that affects tomato plants. Tips for controlling fusarium wilt and photos to help identifying it. Page 2.

Viburnums Flowering Shrubs for the Landscape and Birds
Viburnums have long been one of the most popular flowering landscape shrubs, blooming from spring to June, followed by beautiful berries and fall color. You can find a variety to suit any garden need.

Viburnums - Asian and Evergreen Varieties
Many popular garden and landscape Viburnums come from Asia, including several of the most fragrant flowering varieties and some that are evergreen. Here's a sampling. Page 2.

Viburnums - North American Native Plants
Many of the hardiest viburnum plants are North American Natives. These flowering shrubs and trees provide food and shelter for wildlife as well as spring flowers and fall foliage for gardeners. Page 3.

Winter Mulching in Cold Climate Gardens
In areas that experience freezing temperatures, winter mulching of the garden differs from mulching during the growing season. We mulch our gardens in the spring to suppress weeds, retain moisture and feed and warm the soil. While we may spread a layer of soil conditioning compost or manure in the fall, the primary reason for winter mulching is to protect our plants from the harsh conditions of winter freezes, thaws and winds. There are several ways to do this.

Fall Leaf Clean-up Help
Fall clean-up of leaves is not a chore most gardeners look forward to. One way or another, you are gong to have to collect the leaves from your lawn, raking or otherwise, and there really aren't that many options. Here's some advice and tips in choosing a leaf blower/vac, shredder or even a humble rake, to make quick work of the leaves in your yard.

Tools for Controlling Weeds in the Garden
What's the best way to remove weeds from your lawn and garden? That depends on the type of weed and how many of them there are. You can always hand pull weeds, but sometimes you need the help of weeding tools.

Cool Season (Fall and Winter) Vegetable Gardening
Cool weather vegetable gardening offers many advantages, not the least of which is the colorful choice of crops that can be grown, like 'Bright Lights' chard, Red Russian Brussels sprouts, Osaka Purple mustard greens or any of the many other suggestions offered here by Cathy Wilkinson Barash for the National Garden Bureau. Extend your vegetable gardening season and try something new. Here are some growing tips and variety selections.

Cool Season Vegetable Gardening - Fall and Winter Greens & Reds & More Pizzazz
Add some pizzazz to your cool weather vegetable garden with crops like nutty mache or corn salad, Oriental delights like mizuna and tatsoi, plum purple radishes or any of the many other suggestions offered here by Cathy Wilkinson Barash for the National Garden Bureau. Extend your vegetable gardening season and try something new. Here are some growing tips and variety selections. Page 2.

Daffodils not Blooming - Blind Daffodils
You should be able to count on your daffodils blooming for generations to come. If you suddenly find your daffodils are sending up plenty of leaves, but no flowers, that's called going

Small Garden Design for Front Yards
It is intimidating to experiment in full view of every passer-by, but the pay off is great. Most people, neighbors included, will be delighted.

Houseplant Insect Pest Problems
Indoor pests multiply quickly. There are no natural predators to keep them in check, so you have to be very diligent about checking for symptoms. Spider mites, aphids, mealy bugs and scale can cover a plant in days. If severe enough, the plant may never recover.

Does Red Mulch Help Tomatoes Ripen Faster?
Does using red plastic mulch improve tomato yields or cause them to ripen earlier? Testing has shown some surprising results.

Plant and Care for Bulbs Naturalizing in Your Lawn
Planting bulbs to naturalize in your lawn is an easy way to put on a great display of spring color. However while planting the bulbs is easy, there are a few things to consider when planning and caring for bulbs planted in a lawn.

Gardening: Non-Lethal, Non-Chemical Pest Control Ideas
How to control and prevent wildlife from invading your garden. Keep deer, raccoons, armadillos, squirrels, skunks and even dogs and cats, from destroying your garden with these barriers and repellents using sound, odor, taste and blocks.

Bare root plants: What does it mean?
The garden perennial or fruit tree you want is listed in a catalog as 'Shipped Bare Root'. What does bare root mean and do the plants require special handling?

Beneficial Insects - Attracting Beneficial Insects to the Garden
Beneficial insects feed on pests, clean up debris and help pollinate. That’s why it is so important to not spray insecticides randomly. Beneficial insects,like the 5 shown here, make your garden a well functioning ecosystem.

How to Grow and Care for Sea Holly (Eryngium)
Looking for a flower that looks great in bloom and great in the winter? Check out Sea Holly, with it's quirky collar and steely-blue color.

How to Take Cuttings from Established Plants
Increase the plants in your home and garden by taking cuttings from existing plants and rooting them to make more plants. Here's how, step-by-step.

Creating a Mini Greenhouse to Coddle New Plant Cuttings
House and garden stem cuttings require heat and moisture to develop new roots. Placing the container of plant cuttings into a plastic bag will create an environment like a greenhouse.

Gardening Tips: Use Stem Cuttings to Make New Plants
Established plants can be used to take stem cuttings and make more plants. A short cutting with a couple of leaves is all you need to propagate a new plant.

Where to Cut Stems for Plant Cuttings
Plant stems send out new roots from the stem nodes. As shown here, making plant cuttings at a node increases the success for making new plants from the cuttings.

Pre-Make Holes in Soilless Potting Mix for Rooting House and Garden Plant Cuttings
Pre-poking holes in the rooting medium will insure that the rooting hormone remains on the plant stem cutting, not on the soil surface. This will improve chances of rooting the cuttings.

Using Rooting Hormone on Stem Cuttings
Rooting hormone stimulates a house or garden plant cutting to begin sending new roots out of a stem node. Using rooting hormone increases the success rate of creating new plants.

Potting Up Rooted Stem Cuttings
Plant stem cuttings potted in a soilless planting mix will begin to grow new roots and propagate new plants.

Choosing an Established Plant for Taking Stem Cuttings
Select a healthy house or garden plant to be the mother plant from which you’ll take stem tip cuttings to make even more plants.

Preparing Planting Containers for Plant Cuttings
Soilless potting mixes are the best choice for potting up plant cuttings. They drain well, yet remain moist.

How to Grow Winter Savory Plants
Winter savory has a heartier flavor than summer savory and it's even easier to grow. Here are some tips for growing this virtually pest free perennial.

Waking up the Garden with Spring Bloomers and Cool Weather Crops
Start the growing season off right by filling your gardens with cool season flowers and vegetables. Some of spring blooming plants are hardier than we are and can be planted outdoors even before the threat of frost is past. Other cool weather crops may need a bit of coddling to begin with, but cool spring weather is when they shine, so don’t miss out by waiting too long to plant them.

Growing Blue Flowering Mealy Cup Sage
Mealy cup sage, or blue salvia, is one of the most dependable annual bedding flowers you will find. My tips for growing and using them in your garden.

Monkshood - A Lovely but Deadly Plant
Monkshood (Aconitum napellus) adds a vivid dash of blue to the shade garden. But handle with care; it can cause serious harm. Tips for growing Monkshood.

Growing and Caring for Water Lilies
Exotic water lilies are actually very easy to grow. Keeping them alive through winter can be tricky, but here's some help for caring on water lilies.

Marigolds Work Overtime in the Garden
Don't dismiss marigolds are boring bedding plants. These non-stop bloomers more than hold their own in the garden. Get the most from your marigolds.

Nasturtiums - Versitle Flowers with the Colors of Fall
Nasturtiums are quick growing annual flowers in cheerful, bright colors. All parts are edible, with a spicy bite. Tips for growing and using nasturtiums.

Growing Fall Blooming Sedum
Tall Sedum plants are some of the most reliable garden flowers out there and a favorite fall bloomer. Here are some tips to grow your own.

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Goldenrod Deserves to Be in Your Garden
If you think goldenrod is just a weedy plant, you haven't looked at the newer varieties that add a golden glow to the late fall garden.

Hydrangeas Complement Every Season
Hydrangeas are seeing a resurgence in gardens. Newer varieties take the guess work out of pruning, guaranteeing a great show every year.

How to Grow Love-Lies-Bleeding
Love-Lies-Bleeding is a striking, tall annual flower that is easy to grow from seed. It is long blooming and a great choice for a fall garden.

Joe-Pye Weed is No Ordinary Weed
Don't be fooled by the word weed, Joe-Pye is an imposing fall flowering plant with an impressive pedigree. Here are tips for using it in your garden.

Ligularia, or Leopard Plant, Offers Eye-Catching Foliage and Flowers
Looking for something unusual to fill a damp, shady part of the garden? Take a look at Ligularia. Here's how to make it work in your garden.

Heliopsis Flowers for the Late Season Garden
False sunflower (Heliopsis helianthoides) doesn't have to impersonate any other flower. It's a beautiful, easy growing, late season bloomer.

No Flower Out Performs Cosmos
Cosmos are annual daisy-like flowers that bloom all season, well into fall. Here are tips for growing cosmos in your garden, from seed to flower.

Dahlia
Dahlias are late stunning late season flowers. They are not hard to grow, but do require some extra care. Here's how to grow your own great dahlias.

True Geraniums are Versatile Garden Plants
Perennial geraniums are quick spreading and low growing. Use them as ground covers or fillers and spillers. Here's how to grow hardy, true geraniums.

A Favorite Fall Flower - Asters
Mums get all the attention, but asters are hardy fall blooming perennials that thrive in most gardens and require minimal care.

Growing Colorful Celosia
Brilliantly colored celosia flowers make a great transition from summer days to fall colors. Here's how to grow these charming annuals.

Brown-Eyed Susan - An Underused Fall Flower
Brown-eyed Susan is not as refined as its cousins, but this native plant has its own charms. Learn how to grow and cultivate Rudbeckia triloba.

Butterfly Bush
Butterfly bushes are covered in butterfly attracting flower panicles for most of the growing season. Have you ever considered them for a fall garden?

About Gardening Readers' Choice Awards
Readers nominate and vote for their favorite product in several gardening categories.

Common Plants You Might Not Realize Are Poisonous
There are many common garden and house plants that can cause poisoning problems, from itching to death. Use caution when gardening around children and pets.

5 Ways Bleach is Useful in the Garden
Maybe you don't think of household bleach as a gardening tool, but for pennies each use, you can prevent disease, prolong the life of flowers and much more.

Tips for Growing and Using Chives
Chives don't get much respect in the herb garden, but these tips for using and caring for them might make you re-think this easy growing, subtle herb.

Using Ground Covers in Vegetable Gardens
Ground covers aren't just for foundation plantings. The concept can be used very beneficially in the vegetable garden, where space is a premium.

Avoiding Spring Bulbs Problems
Spring flowering bulbs are some of the easiest plants to grow, especially if you start them off right. Follow these tips, for problem free spring bulbs.

Growing Baby Vegetables
Baby vegetables are adorable and expensive, unless you grow your own. It's no harder than growing their larger versions. Try a few suggested here.

When to Harvest Fruit at Its Ripest
Fruit can take forever to ripen. Here are some tips to know when they are at that perfect moment - when the fruits are their juiciest, sweetest best.

How to Grow Monkshood Plants (Aconitum napellus)
Cool blue, tall and stately. Monkshood is a long-lived perennial that can handle sun or shade, with little effort. But take care, they can be deadly.

Do Pine Needles Acidify Soil?
Pine needles are acidic, so using them around plants will lower the soil pH, right? That's what we've always been told. Is it true?

How to Keep Containers from Staining the Patio?
Here's another common complaint that really hasn't been solved yet. Paul wrote:

7 Top Biennial Flowers for the Garden
Biennial flowers try your patience and then disappear after only 2 years. Here are 7 worth waiting for and how to keep them coming back.

Fuzzy, Gray Stawberries? Here's the Problem.
Do your strawberries look like they're rotting, just before they fully ripen? The problem is probably gray mold and here's what you can do about it.

Blueberries
Blueberries are among the easiest berries for the home gardener to grow. Advice for choosing plants and growing and caring for blueberries.

Bulbs - Choosing and Planting Spring Blooming Bulbs
Spring blooming bulbs are often the first flowers to emerge after winter. But to have spring bulbs in bloom, you have to plan and plant in the fall and early winter. Choosing the right flowering bulbs for your area and growing conditions can mean years of early spring bloomers.

Saving Seed and Taking Plant Cuttings to Overwinter Plants
How to collect and save seed and take cuttings from existing garden plants, to overwinter and grow next season.

Fall Color - Trees, Shrubs & Plants with Fall Foliage, Fruit & Flowers
Many plants are at their best in the fall. Trees and shrubs with colorful foliage or fruits and berries and late season, fall blooming flowers all add an extra season of interest to the garden.

Prechilling and Forcing Flowering Bulbs
How to prechill and force flowering bulbs to bloom earlier.

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

Basil Recipes - Cooking with Fresh Basil
Recipes using the fresh basil grown in your garden

Christmas Trees & Plants
Choosing Christmas trees and caring for holiday plants.

Gifts for Gardeners
What to give the gardener on your list for the holidays.

Rosemary Recipes - Cooking with Fresh Rosemary
Anyone can grow rosemary, either indoors or out. So cooking with freshly harvested rosemary leaves is a treat any cook can enjoy. Here are delicious, easy recipes for cooking with the rosemary from your garden.

Sage Recipes - Cooking with Sage from Your Herb Garden
Sage would be a beautiful garden plant, even if it weren't so useful in the kitchen. Meats, roasted vegetables and of course, turkey and stuffing, are all great ideas for cooking with sage. Here are some sage recipes to inspire you to grow more sage in your garden.

Thyme Recipes - Cooking with Fresh Thyme from the Herb Garden
Thyme is a hard herb to describe taste-wise, because it can mimic and complement so many other herbs. But there’s no missing the zippy, refreshing quality it adds to all types of foods. Here's some help adding thyme to your recipes.

Wheelbarrows & Garden Carts - Invaluable Garden Tools
Gardening would be slow going without wheels. Garden carts and wheelbarrows are taken for granted, but many garden jobs would never get done if the gardener had to carry every heavy or bulky load. Here's some help deciding which type of cart you need and the best ones to buy.

Rate a Plant - Gardeners Share Their Experiences Growing Plants
Gardeners share their experiences, good and bad, growing specific plants.

Caring for Flood Damaged Trees
Flooding damages trees on many levels. If they are left standing, they could be water logged, infested or just shocked by the change in the soil. Here are some tips to nurse flood damaged trees back to health.

Flower Arranging - Working with Cut and Dried Flowers
Get the most from your flower gardens and enjoy their beauty year round. Here are tips for growing, cutting, arranging, displaying and caring for flower arrangements.

Wreaths - Making Hanging and Centerpiece Wreaths from the Garden
Use materials from your garden and nature to create beautiful hanging wreaths and table decorations and preserve your garden memories.

School Gardens
Starting a school garden require a lot of planning and coordination. Here are some tips and advice from gardeners who have experience getting a school garden started and up and running.

Using Trees & Shrubs in Landscape Design
Trees and shrubs should be part of any good landscape design. They can be used as accents, screens, bones or borders and there are thousands to choose from.

Forcing Spring Flowering Trees and Shrubs
Forcing trees and shrubs into early flower is a great way to bring and early spring into the house. Here are some best bets for forcing and how to do it.

Transplating Trees - Tips and Techniques
Transplanting is always a shock. It's hard on a young plant and even tougher on more mature trees and shrubs. Here are some tips to make the transplanting transition easier on the tree and you.

Is Your Compost Safe?
Composting rules can be confusing. If you’re patient, you can flout most of the rules and still have great compost. But here are a few precautions to keep it safe.

Best Plants for Edible Landscaping
We're not the only animals who enjoy an edible landscape. Here are my top picks for what to plant, what to avoid and how to get started with edible landscaping.

How to Grow Cantaloupes and Muskmelons
Fresh picked melons are a luscious treat and they are not as hard to grow as you may have heard. Follow these easy growing tips and enjoy.

Simply Beautiful Fusion and Fanfare Impatiens Series
Impatiens are the most reliable flowers for shady areas of the garden. Now there are more choices than ever in varieties of Impatiens. Simply Beautiful flowers has come out with the tropical looking Fusion Impatiens series, including a yellow Impatiens, as well as the trailing and cascading Fanfare Impatiens series.

Trailing Impatiens: Simply Beautiful Fanfare Impatiens Series
Simply Beautiful Fanfare Impatiens trail and cascade, making them ideal for hanging baskets and containers. These new Impatiens are as undemanding as traditional impatiens. Page 2.

How to Plant Carrot Seeds
Carrots take a long time to germinate and the tiny carrot seeds need loose soil to be able to break through and grow. Here's a tip for planting carrot seeds successfully.

Information on 811 Phone Service for Safe Digging
Gardeners and other do-it-yourselfers now have help when contacting their utility companies before digging in their yards. A new 811 number will connect you with a national operator who can get the professionals you need out to your property in a matter of days. Here's what you need to know to take advantage of this service and keep you, your family and your home safe.

Dynamite Controlled-Release Fertilizer - Guide Review
Dynamite is a timed-release plant fertilizer that's new to the consumer market. It used to be sold just to professional growers under the name Nutricote. Dynamite slow release fertilizer is available in 3 formulas: warm, mild and cool climates. All Dynamite formulas contain both the macro and micro nutrients plants need. It's a convenient way to feed your plants once and then forget about it. Here are the pluses and minuses of using Dynamite plant fertilizer.

Why You Should Be Growing Plants Native to Your Area
Why grow native plants? Because native plants take less work and resources, the birds and butterflies love plant natives and native plants are beautiful? OK, just what is a native plant?

How to Make Homemade Herbal Oils
Flavored oils are wonderful to cook with, easy to make and they are always welcome as gifts. Use fresh herbs from your garden to create flavored herbal oils.

Choosing Garden Art and Ornaments (Tips)
What makes a garden statue look like it belongs there and another look completely out of place? Most of us tend to purchase garden art that is just too small and so then we buy a lot of it. Of course, like all art, personal preferences should always be considered. But there are some simple guidelines for choosing garden ornaments that complement your garden and that you won't have to keep explaining over and over to your friends.

The Principles of Good Garden Design
Garden design is often broken down into design principles: Order/Balance/Proportion, Harmony or Unity and Flow, Transition or Rhythm. These categories contain the basic elements that, when combined together, constitute the generally accepted version of good garden design.

Frugal Gardening Tips and Practices
Ten tips to save money, time and resources gardening.

Choosing and Using Winterberry Holly
Ilex verticillata, or Winterberry, is a native, wetland holly that loses it leaves each autumn. Winterberry is all the more showy because its lack of leaves makes its berry display all the more showy. After the leaves turn yellow and fall, you are left with a breathtaking view of thousands of brightly colored berries clinging to every stem. There are a good number of named Ilex verticillata cultivars to choose from in the market and a rich abundance of native winterberry hollies too. Page 2.

A Butterfly Bush Series That Offers Smaller Plants
Love the way Butterfly Bushes attract butterflies, but don't like the unkempt look of them toward the end of the season? Then the English Butterfly Series is for you.

Grow Hibiscus Acetosella, a Flower With Dazzling Foliage
Hibiscus acetosella isn’t like most of the tropical flowered hibiscus you’re used to seeing in gardens. Hibiscus acetosella is grown mainly for its stunning foliage, which can be so finely cut and deeply red colored you’ll think it’s a Japanese maple. Hibiscus acetosella makes an excellent focal point in the garden or in a container planting.

Growing Tomatoes - Everything You Wanted to Know
Tomatoes are the joy of summer gardeners and cooks alike. Here are tips on growing the best tomatoes in your backyard garden and making the most of them in your kitchen, from preparing fresh tomatoes to cooking up scrumptious tomato recipes.

Feb / March 2012 Gardening Photo Challenge - Indoor Plants
Gardeners photos of plants grown indoors, with their tips for growing and caring for them.

Feb / March 2012 Gardening Photo Challenge - Indoor Plants
Gardeners photos of plants grown indoors, with their tips for growing and caring for them. Page 2.

Feb / March 2012 Gardening Photo Challenge - Indoor Plants
Gardeners photos of plants grown indoors, with their tips for growing and caring for them. Page 3.

Feb / March 2012 Gardening Photo Challenge - Indoor Plants
Gardeners photos of plants grown indoors, with their tips for growing and caring for them. Page 4.

April - May 2012 Garden Photo Challenge - Spring Has Sprung
Gardeners' winning photos of spring blooming flowers, along with tips on growing and caring for them.

April - May 2012 Garden Photo Challenge - Spring Has Sprung
Gardeners' winning photos of spring blooming flowers, along with tips on growing and caring for them. Page 3.

April - May 2012 Garden Photo Challenge - Spring Has Sprung
Gardeners' winning photos of spring blooming flowers, along with tips on growing and caring for them. Page 4.

April - May 2012 Garden Photo Challenge - Spring Has Sprung
Gardeners' winning photos of spring blooming flowers, along with tips on growing and caring for them. Page 2.

2013 Spring Flowers Photo Challenge
Submissions for voting in the 2013 Spring Flowers Photo Challenge. Page 3.

Dwarf Daffodils
Submission for the 2013 Spring Flowers Garden Photo Challenge. Page 2.

2013 Spring Flowers Photo Challenge
Submissions for voting in the 2013 Spring Flowers Photo Challenge. Page 7.

2013 Spring Flowers Photo Challenge
Submissions for voting in the 2013 Spring Flowers Photo Challenge. Page 4.

Primroses - 2013 Garden Photo Challenge
Submission for the 2013 Garden Photo Challenge - Primroses.

2013 Spring Flowers Photo Challenge
Submissions for voting in the 2013 Spring Flowers Photo Challenge. Page 5.

2013 Spring Flowers Photo Challenge
Submissions for voting in the 2013 Spring Flowers Photo Challenge. Page 6.

Endless Summer® Twist-n-Shout™ Hydrangea
Endless Summer® Twist-n-Shout™ Hydrangea Page 15.

Lily - Lilium 'Conca D’Or'
Lily - Lilium 'Conca D’Or'. Page 18.

Begonia Mandalay™ Flamingo
Begonia Mandalay™ Flamingo. Page 2.

Bittersweet 'Autumn Revolution'™
Bittersweet 'Autumn Revolution'™ Page 9.

Lo & Behold™ 'Blue Chip' Buddleia
Lo & Behold™ 'Blue Chip' Buddleia. Page 3.

Heliconia wagneriana "Rainbow"
Heliconia wagneriana

Gnomes of Snow - Winter Interest in the Garden
Photos of gardens in the throws of winter. Winter Interest in the garden. Page 4.

Echinacea 'Prairie Splendor'™
Echinacea 'Prairie Splendor'™

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Calibrachoa 'MiniFamous™ Double Blue'
Calibrachoa 'MiniFamous™ Double Blue' (Calibrachoa cultivars). Page 2.

Astilbe 'Color Flash Lime'
Astilbe 'Color Flash Lime'. Gardening.

Zinnias with Butterfly
Zinnias with Butterfly. Gardening.

Pea "Premium'
Pea

2014 Spring Flowers Photo Challenge
Submissions for voting in the 2014 Spring Flowers Photo Challenge.

2014 Spring Flowers Photo Challenge
Submissions for voting in the 2014 Spring Flowers Photo Challenge. Page 2.

2014 Spring Flowers Photo Challenge
Submissions for voting in the 2014 Spring Flowers Photo Challenge. Page 3.

April - May 2012 Garden Photo Challenge - Spring Has Sprung
Gardeners' winning photos of spring blooming flowers, along with tips on growing and caring for them.

2013 Spring Flowers Photo Challenge
Submissions for voting in the 2013 Spring Flowers Photo Challenge.

Feb / March 2014 Gardening Photo Challenge - Winter Color
Gardeners compete with photos of winter color in the garden. Page 2.

Feb / March 2014 Gardening Photo Challenge - Winter Color
Gardeners compete with photos of winter color in the garden. Page 4.

Feb / March 2014 Gardening Photo Challenge - Winter Color
Gardeners compete with photos of winter color in the garden. Page 5.

Feb / March 2014 Gardening Photo Challenge - Winter Color
Gardeners compete with photos of winter color in the garden. Page 6.

Feb / March 2014 Gardening Photo Challenge - Winter Color
Gardeners compete with photos of winter color in the garden. Page 7.

Feb / March 2014 Gardening Photo Challenge - Winter Color
Gardeners compete with photos of winter color in the garden. Page 8.

Feb / March 2014 Gardening Photo Challenge - Winter Color
Gardeners compete with photos of winter color in the garden. Page 9.

Feb / March 2014 Gardening Photo Challenge - Winter Color
Gardeners compete with photos of winter color in the garden. Page 3.

Fall Color - October/November 2013 Gardening Photo Challenge
Top photos from the Fall Color Photo Challenge and suggestions of plants for fall gardens. Page 10.

Fall Color - October/November 2013 Gardening Photo Challenge
Top photos from the Fall Color Photo Challenge and suggestions of plants for fall gardens. Page 5.

Fall Color - October/November 2013 Gardening Photo Challenge
Top photos from the Fall Color Photo Challenge and suggestions of plants for fall gardens. Page 9.

Houseplants - December 2013 Gardening Photo Challenge
Top photos from the Houseplants Photo Challenge.

Houseplants - December 2013 Gardening Photo Challenge
Top photos from the Houseplants Photo Challenge. Page 10.

Houseplants - December 2013 Gardening Photo Challenge
Top photos from the Houseplants Photo Challenge. Page 2.

Houseplants - December 2013 Gardening Photo Challenge
Top photos from the Houseplants Photo Challenge. Page 9.

Houseplants - December 2013 Gardening Photo Challenge
Top photos from the Houseplants Photo Challenge. Page 4.

Houseplants - December 2013 Gardening Photo Challenge
Top photos from the Houseplants Photo Challenge. Page 3.

Houseplants - December 2013 Gardening Photo Challenge
Top photos from the Houseplants Photo Challenge. Page 6.

Houseplants - December 2013 Gardening Photo Challenge
Top photos from the Houseplants Photo Challenge. Page 7.

Houseplants - December 2013 Gardening Photo Challenge
Top photos from the Houseplants Photo Challenge. Page 8.

Houseplants - December 2013 Gardening Photo Challenge
Top photos from the Houseplants Photo Challenge. Page 5.

Best Garden Photos of 2013
Here are the best gardening photos of 2013, from our Gardening Photo Challenges held throughout the year. Page 6.

Feb / March 2014 Gardening Photo Challenge - Winter Color
Gardeners compete with photos of winter color in the garden.

Growing Winter Squash - Winter Squash is More Than Pumpkins
Growing Winter squash can intimidate home gardeners. They grow on large vines, take all season to mature and then what do you do with them. There are also so many of them, it’s hard to know what’s worth growing. Acorn squash, Hubbard, spaghetti? Here’s a breakdown of the most popular winter squash varieties, how to grow them and how to use them.

Feb / March 2012 Gardening Photo Challenge - Indoor Plants
Gardeners photos of plants grown indoors, with their tips for growing and caring for them.

Fall Color - October/November 2013 Gardening Photo Challenge
Top photos from the Fall Color Photo Challenge and suggestions of plants for fall gardens. Page 4.

Fall Color - October/November 2013 Gardening Photo Challenge
Top photos from the Fall Color Photo Challenge and suggestions of plants for fall gardens. Page 8.

Fall Color - October/November 2013 Gardening Photo Challenge
Top photos from the Fall Color Photo Challenge and suggestions of plants for fall gardens. Page 7.

Fall Color - October/November 2013 Gardening Photo Challenge
Top photos from the Fall Color Photo Challenge and suggestions of plants for fall gardens. Page 3.

Fall Color - October/November 2013 Gardening Photo Challenge
Top photos from the Fall Color Photo Challenge and suggestions of plants for fall gardens. Page 2.

Fall Color - October/November 2013 Gardening Photo Challenge
Top photos from the Fall Color Photo Challenge and suggestions of plants for fall gardens.

Fall Color - October/November 2013 Gardening Photo Challenge
Top photos from the Fall Color Photo Challenge and suggestions of plants for fall gardens. Page 6.

2013 Garden Photo Challenge - Roses
Winning rose pictures from the June 2013 Gardening Photo Challenge. Page 6.

2013 Garden Photo Challenge - Roses
Winning rose pictures from the June 2013 Gardening Photo Challenge.

2013 Garden Photo Challenge - Roses
Winning rose pictures from the June 2013 Gardening Photo Challenge. Page 2.

2013 Garden Photo Challenge - Roses
Winning rose pictures from the June 2013 Gardening Photo Challenge. Page 4.

2013 Garden Photo Challenge - Roses
Winning rose pictures from the June 2013 Gardening Photo Challenge. Page 3.

2013 Garden Photo Challenge - Roses
Winning rose pictures from the June 2013 Gardening Photo Challenge. Page 5.

2013 Summer Garden Photo Challenge - Fruits and Vegetables
Winning Fruit and Vegetable pictures from the Summer 2013 Gardening Photo Challenge. Page 2.

2013 Summer Garden Photo Challenge - Fruits and Vegetables
Winning Fruit and Vegetable pictures from the Summer 2013 Gardening Photo Challenge. Page 3.

2013 Summer Garden Photo Challenge - Fruits and Vegetables
Winning Fruit and Vegetable pictures from the Summer 2013 Gardening Photo Challenge. Page 4.

2013 Summer Garden Photo Challenge - Fruits and Vegetables
Winning Fruit and Vegetable pictures from the Summer 2013 Gardening Photo Challenge.

Garden Ornaments - September 2013 Gardening Photo Challenge
The winning photos from the 2013 Garden Ornament Photo Challenge and ideas for using ornaments in your garden. Page 3.

Garden Ornaments - September 2013 Gardening Photo Challenge
The winning photos from the 2013 Garden Ornament Photo Challenge and ideas for using ornaments in your garden. Page 4.

Garden Ornaments - September 2013 Gardening Photo Challenge
The winning photos from the 2013 Garden Ornament Photo Challenge and ideas for using ornaments in your garden. Page 5.

Garden Ornaments - September 2013 Gardening Photo Challenge
The winning photos from the 2013 Garden Ornament Photo Challenge and ideas for using ornaments in your garden. Page 6.

Best Garden Photos of 2013
Here are the best gardening photos of 2013, from our Gardening Photo Challenges held throughout the year. Page 3.

Best Garden Photos of 2013
Here are the best gardening photos of 2013, from our Gardening Photo Challenges held throughout the year. Page 4.

Best Garden Photos of 2013
Here are the best gardening photos of 2013, from our Gardening Photo Challenges held throughout the year.

Best Garden Photos of 2013
Here are the best gardening photos of 2013, from our Gardening Photo Challenges held throughout the year. Page 5.

Garden Ornaments - September 2013 Gardening Photo Challenge
The winning photos from the 2013 Garden Ornament Photo Challenge and ideas for using ornaments in your garden. Page 2.

2012 Garden Photo Challenge - Roses
Winning rose pictures from the June 2012 Gardening Photo Challenge. Page 3.

2012 Garden Photo Challenge - Roses
Winning rose pictures from the June 2012 Gardening Photo Challenge. Page 4.

2012 Garden Photo Challenge - Roses
Winning rose pictures from the June 2012 Gardening Photo Challenge. Page 2.

2012 Garden Photo Challenge - Roses
Winning rose pictures from the June 2012 Gardening Photo Challenge.

August 2012 Gardening Photo Challenge - Fruits and Vegetables
Winning photos of the gardening photo challenge

August 2012 Gardening Photo Challenge - Fruits and Vegetables
Winning photos of the gardening photo challenge

August 2012 Gardening Photo Challenge - Fruits and Vegetables
Winning photos of the gardening photo challenge

August 2012 Gardening Photo Challenge - Fruits and Vegetables
Winning photos of the gardening photo challenge

Garden Ornaments - September 2012 Gardening Photo Challenge
The winning photos from the 2012 Garden Ornament Photo Challenge and ideas for using ornaments in your garden. Page 4.

Garden Ornaments - September 2012 Gardening Photo Challenge
The winning photos from the 2012 Garden Ornament Photo Challenge and ideas for using ornaments in your garden. Page 3.

Garden Ornaments - September 2012 Gardening Photo Challenge
The winning photos from the 2012 Garden Ornament Photo Challenge and ideas for using ornaments in your garden.

Garden Ornaments - September 2012 Gardening Photo Challenge
The winning photos from the 2012 Garden Ornament Photo Challenge and ideas for using ornaments in your garden. Page 2.

Garden Ornaments - September 2013 Gardening Photo Challenge
The winning photos from the 2013 Garden Ornament Photo Challenge and ideas for using ornaments in your garden.

A Collection of Gourds Provides Fall Color
This collection of gourds and winter squash provides amble fall color in the garden. Page 4.

Fall Container Garden
This rustic barrel full of fall colored wild flowers makes a lovely impact. Page 5.

Garden Photos - Fall Color in the Garden
Fall Color gardening photo contest winning photo. Page 2.

A Robin adds some red to the fall color in the garden.
You might not think of Robins in the fall, but their bright red adds to the autumn display. Page 3.

Mums for Fall Color
Fall color garden photo contest winner - A Carpet of Mums

Best Garden Photos of 2011
Here are the best gardening photos of 2011, from our Gardening Photo Challenges held throughout the year. Page 5.

Best Garden Photos of 2011
Winning photo of the gardening photo challenge

Best Garden Photos of 2011
Here are the best gardening photos of 2011, from our Gardening Photo Challenges held throughout the year.

The Best Garden Photos of 2011
The best garden photos of 2011 - winner of the rose challenge. Page 3.

Best Garden Photos of 2011
The best garden photos of 2011. The Spring May Flowers challenge winner. Page 2.

What Makes Gardeners Passionate about Gardening?
The

How to Become a Gardener.
Gardens are an odd lot. Every year they try to perfect nature by battling it. And they love it. Here are some personal stories of why gardening is such a passion. Page 2.

Gardeners on Gardening
Gardening is hard work, but gardeners love it. There is nothing more satisfying. Here, gardeners talk about why they started and why they keep at it. Page 3.

September 2011 Gardening Photo Challenge - Garden Ornaments
Winning photos of the gardening photo challenge

September 2011 Gardening Photo Challenge - Garden Ornaments
Winning photos of the gardening photo challenge

September 2011 Gardening Photo Challenge - Garden Ornaments
Winning photos of the gardening photo challenge

September 2011 Gardening Photo Challenge - Garden Ornaments
Winning photos of the gardening photo challenge

August 2011 Gardening Photo Challenge - Fruits and Vegetables
Winning photos of the gardening photo challenge

August 2011 Gardening Photo Challenge - Fruits and Vegetables3rd Place Winner - Apple Tree
Winning photos of the gardening photo challenge

August 2011 Gardening Photo Challenge - Fruits and Vegetables2nd Place Winner - Herb Collage
Winning photos of the gardening photo challenge

August 2011 Gardening Photo Challenge - Fruits and VegetablesHonorable Mention - Brandywine Tomatoes
Winning photos of the gardening photo challenge

Best Garden Photos of 2013
Here are the best gardening photos of 2013, from our Gardening Photo Challenges held throughout the year. Page 2.

Hydrangea paniculata Pinky Winky™
Hydrangea paniculata Pinky Winky™. Page 3.

Augusta™ Blue Skies, Nierembergia hybrid, from Proven Winners
Augusta™ Blue Skies, Nierembergia, makes a great choice for a shaded site.

Eggplant F1 ‘Gretel’
Eggplant F1 ‘Gretel’

Melon F1 ‘Lambkin’ - AAS® Vegetable Award Winner
Melon F1 ‘Lambkin’ - AAS® Vegetable Award Winner. Page 2.

Squash F1 ‘Honey Bear’ - AAS® Vegetable Award Winner
Squash F1 ‘Honey Bear’ - AAS® Vegetable Award Winner. Page 3.

Viola F1 ‘Rain Blue and Purple’ - AAS® Cool Season Bedding Plant Award Winner
Viola F1 ‘Rain Blue and Purple’ - AAS® Cool Season Bedding Plant Award Winner. Page 4.

Why I Love to Garden
Gardens are an odd lot. Every year they try to perfect nature by battling it. And they love it. Here are some personal stories of why gardening is such a passion.

Garden Ornaments - September 2013 Gardening Photo Challenge
The winning photos from the 2013 Garden Ornament Photo Challenge and ideas for using ornaments in your garden.

Feb / March 2014 Gardening Photo Challenge - Winter Color
Gardeners compete with photos of winter color in the garden.

August 2012 Gardening Photo Challenge - Fruits and Vegetables
Winning photos of the gardening photo challenge

Garden Ornaments - September 2013 Gardening Photo Challenge
The winning photos from the 2012 Garden Ornament Photo Challenge and ideas for using ornaments in your garden.

2013 Summer Garden Photo Challenge - Fruits and Vegetables
Winning Fruit and Vegetable pictures from the Summer 2013 Gardening Photo Challenge.

Houseplants - December 2013 Gardening Photo Challenge
Top photos from the Houseplants Photo Challenge.

2012 Garden Photo Challenge - Roses
Winning rose pictures from the June 2012 Gardening Photo Challenge.

2013 Garden Photo Challenge - Roses
Winning rose pictures from the June 2013 Gardening Photo Challenge.

Best Garden Photos of 2013
Here are the best gardening photos of 2013, from our Gardening Photo Challenges held throughout the year.

Fall Color - October/November 2013 Gardening Photo Challenge
Top photos from the Fall Color Photo Challenge and suggestions of plants for fall gardens.

2014 Spring Flowers Photo Challenge
Winning Photos - 2014 Spring Flowers Photo Challenge.

Best Garden Photos of 2011
Here are the best gardening photos of 2011, from our Gardening Photo Challenges held throughout the year.

Garden Ornaments - September 2011 Gardening Photo Challenge
Winning photos from the Garden Ornament Photo Challenge and ideas for using ornaments in your garden.

August 2011 Gardening Photo Challenge - Fruits and Vegetables
Winning photos of the gardening photo challenge

Fall Color - October/November 2011 Gardening Photo Challenge
Winning photos from the Fall Color Photo Challenge and suggestions of plants for fall gardens

Recognizing Ladybug Nymphs and Beneficial Garden Bugs
Lady beetle (ladybug) nymphs look creepy, but they are actually one of the more beneficial insects to welcome to your garden. One ladybug nymph will eat about 400 aphids during the 3 weeks before it pupates and thousands once it becomes an adult lady beetle. So take a close look at the picture to the right and learn to recognize ladybug nymphs before your reach for the spray can.

Creating Focal Points in a Small Garden
Focal points are used in garden design to draw and direct the eye. This can be difficult to accomplish in a small garden when every space is immediately visible and no space can be sacrificed. But its not impossible and creating a focal point (or 2) in a small space garden can actually make it appear larger.

Tomato Problems - Botrytis or Gray Mold
Botrytis, or gray mold, is a wide ranging fungus disease that attacks over 200 kinds of plants, including tomatoes. If that’s not frustrating enough for gardeners, botrytis can also cause a variety of diseases, from damping off to blights of stems, buds, fruits and flowers.

3 Unique Cucumbers for Your Garden
Cucumbers don't have to be dull and predictable. Try growing these 3 unique cukes, for a delicious, crunchy change of pace.

Poona Kheera - A Cucumber that Looks Like a Potato
Don't let 'Poona Kheera' cucumber's look deceive you. It may look like a spud, but this cuke has flavor and crunch well worth growing.

Mexican Sour Gherkin - A Totally Unique Cucumber
Mexican Sour Gherkin is a versatile little vegetable somewhere between a cucumber and a tangy melon. A couple of plants is enough to harvest all season.

Garden Calendar - Things To Do Every Season
Your garden can benefit from attention all year. Most garden maintenance will take place from spring to frost, but winter in the garden is a great time to scout for insect problems and do some dormant pruning. There is always something to do in the garden.

How Large a Greenhouse Will You Really Need?
Get the largest greenhouse you can afford and fit into your yard. Whatever size greenhouse you buy, you will quickly fill it. It is easier and cheaper to purchase a large greenhouse than to try and expand a small greenhouse. Determining how large a greenhouse you will comes down to 2 questions: How much is going into it? and How much will it cost? The trick is finding a greenhouse that will hold all your plants and not break your budget. Here are some points to consider.

Does Using an Inoculant Improve Pea Yields?
It is often recommended that you treat your pea seeds with an inoculant, before planting. What does the inoculant do and is it really necessary?

Mealy Cup Sage (Salvia Farinacea) Growing Guide
In my local garden center, mealy cup sage is known as blue salvia. Although Salvia farinacea comes in purples and whites, it’s the blue varieties that attract attention and repeat customers. This Texas native grows into a shrubby plant with tall, sturdy spikes of flowers that bloom throughout the summer. They make great cut and dried flowers too. And it’s deer resistant!

Grow Climbing Zucchini ‘Black Forest’ in a Small Space
There never seems to be enough space in the vegetable garden. Thankfully breeders have begun to focus heavily on varieties that have a more compact form - without sacrificing yield. In particular, there are a number of so called ‘patio varieties’ being introduced that make it possible to grow things in containers that are not traditionally thought of as container plants. ‘Black Forest’ Climbing Zucchini, from Thompson & Morgan, stretches the concept of container vegetable gardening.

Garden Design Made Easy with Complementary Colors
Pairing plants with complementary colors is a quick and easy way to design a garden that looks pulled together. Here's how to begin.

Garden Design Using Blue and Orange
Gardening.

Garden Design Using Red and Green
Red and green may not seem like an obvious color combination in the garden, but change the intensity of the red and you have a lot to play with.

Garden Design Using Yellow and Violet
Yellow and purple is a classic color combo for the garden and one that provides you with a huge option of plants. Here's how to make it work.

Color in Garden Design
Color is arguably the most prominent factor in a garden design and often the first one considered. Good garden design involves knowing how to combine colors so that the final product has a cohesive and pleasing effect. Here are some tips to train your eye to see color and for combining color in the garden.

Combining and Playing with Color in Garden Design
There may be only 12 colors on the color wheel, but blending and shading can create countless options in nature and in your garden design. Hue, value and intensity are the keys to taking a garden from pleasing to artful. They guide the eye and tighten the focus. Page 2.

Home Vegetable Garden: A Great Way to Save Money
Starting a home vegetable garden can be a great way to save money. Home grown vegetables cost a fraction of what you would pay in a grocery store. By choosing vegetables that are easy to grow, you’ll have fresh vegetable flavor and save money.

Frost and Insect Protection With Floating Row Covers
Row Covers, sometimes referred to as Floating Row Covers, are lightweight spun bonded synthetic fabrics that are laid over plants for protection against pests and temperatures. They are light enough to rest on the plants and allow light, water and even fertilizer to get through. Here’s what to look for.

SunStick Sunlight Gauge for Garden Plants (Review)
The SunStick is a new tool for gardeners to measure the sun exposure of various parts of their garden. It's meant to take the guesswork out of determining whether your garden is sunny, partly shady or shady.

Tips for Using Dried, Pressed Flowers Like the Pros
Pressing flowers and foliage from your garden is a wonderful way to preserve its beauty. You don't need a lot of expensive tools to get started with pressed flowers. You might also be surprised at the variety of flowers, leaves and even weeds, that press well. Here are some tips from an expert at pressing flowers, to press your own flowers and use the pressed flowers to their best advantage.