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Video: Keep the Peace with These Lilies
April 14, 2014
Video: Keep the Peace with These Lilies
Peace lilies are an icon of Easter, much like poinsettias are of Christmas. But unlike poinsettias, they tend to stop flowering fairly quickly after y...
Grow Gorgeous Lantana
April 11, 2014
Grow Gorgeous Lantana
There's no doubt about it—lantana's a head-turner. Lush dark-green or chartreuse foliage is topped with colorful, long-lasting blooms (y...
Video: Container Gardens Made for Spring
March 31, 2014
Video: Container Gardens Made for Spring
Spring is full of color—provided you've got some early bloomers in your yard and gardens. Even if you don't have spring plants in the...
Video: Pocket Some Succulents
March 27, 2014
Video: Pocket Some Succulents
Gardening in a mild, frost-free climate seems like a gift all on its own. But when you add to that the fact that warm-climate gardeners can also enjoy...
Video: Spring for a Better Lawn
March 24, 2014
Video: Spring for a Better Lawn
What do lawns and humans have in common? It takes nutrients from healthy foods to keep both feeling and looking their best. You know what to do for...
Last Chance to Win a Trip to Vegas!
March 10, 2014
Last Chance to Win a Trip to Vegas!
If you love to garden—and you have the photos to prove it—you could win a free trip to Las Vegas to test cool, new tools at the National H...
Love These New Roses
March 04, 2014
Love These New Roses
  The world of roses is even more enticing this year with some new introductions. We plan to make room in our gardens for this trio of beaut...
Video: Hello Hellebore!
March 03, 2014
Video: Hello Hellebore!
Nothing gives winter the boot like the first flowers of spring. And hellebore is one of our favorites. As tough as they are pretty, these herbaceou...
Love to Garden? Enter NOW to Win a Trip to Vegas!
February 25, 2014
Love to Garden? Enter NOW to Win a Trip to Vegas!
If you love to garden—and you have the photos to prove it—you could win a free trip to Las Vegas to test cool, new tools at the National H...
Grab A Roll and Grow
February 13, 2014
Grab A Roll and Grow
Need a break from winter's grip? This one will help the whole family beat the cold and get a jump on spring to boot. No need for fancy equipment&m...
Don't Shock Your Seedlings
February 06, 2014
Don't Shock Your Seedlings
Those seeds you're about to plant indoors will soon become tender seedlings. And eventually, they're going to have to toughen up if they'r...
Valentine's Day for Gardeners
February 04, 2014
Valentine's Day for Gardeners
  Want the secret to winning a gardener's heart on Valentine's Day? Feed your sweetie's passion! These gifts do just that. ...
Learn from the Plant Professors!
January 30, 2014
Learn from the Plant Professors!
You can't be a gardener without having an open mind and a hunger for learning. To feed our neverending need to know more about growing plants, we ...
Time To Sow!
January 23, 2014
Time To Sow!
Winter seed-sowing sounds like an oxymoron—how can you plant seeds outdoors in winter? In fact, it's a gardening technique that's practi...
Which New Annual Will You Plant?
January 21, 2014
Which New Annual Will You Plant?
  Nothing cheers up gardeners like plant shopping, especially this time of year. As you plan for this coming growing season, you'll want...
Video: Ready, Set, Grow!
January 20, 2014
Video: Ready, Set, Grow!
Got seeds? Got pots? Got light? Get started! Starting plants indoors from seeds allows you to select from thousands of plants you won't find...
Get Cozy and Tour A Garden
January 16, 2014
Get Cozy and Tour A Garden
Too cold to meander through gardens where you live? Well, take heart! We've found a gorgeous botanic garden you can visit from the comfort of h...
Video: 5 Tips for Smart Gardening
January 13, 2014
Video: 5 Tips for Smart Gardening
Learning by experience is overrated. Sure, you can gain knowledge simply by jumping in and doing. In fact, that's how many people begin gardeni...
Plant Traps!
January 09, 2014
Plant Traps!
As gardeners, we're well aware that all plants need food to survive. And usually that's easy to provide with granular or liquid food. But w...
Video: Got Seeds? Make Art!
November 11, 2013
Video: Got Seeds? Make Art!
The gardening season's essentially over but you've got seeds to deal with: There's the pile of unused packets plus the seeds you gathered ...
Got Weeds? Make Lasagna!
October 24, 2013
Got Weeds? Make Lasagna!
Want to transform a weedy spot in your garden or a portion of the lawn into a garden bed without digging? Think like a chef and make lasagna. You w...
Stuff We Love!
October 22, 2013
Stuff We Love!
  Warm, inspiring, practical—check out this trio of products that's on our garden favorites list.   Warm and funct...
Video: Give 'Em Shelter!
October 21, 2013
Video: Give 'Em Shelter!
Gardening goodbyes are never easy, especially when you're parting with beauties like geraniums and canna lilies, which look amazing long into fall...
Have You Spotted This Deadly Disease?
October 17, 2013
Have You Spotted This Deadly Disease?
Downy mildew. It sounds so harmless—even soft and cuddly. But in the world of impatiens, it's the kiss of death. Why should you care? It&...
Save the Tropicals!
October 07, 2013
Save the Tropicals!
It's time to face the facts: The party's over for outdoor tropicals. Of course, you could always move the party indoors. Begonias, geran...
Container Fashion: Dressed for Fall
September 09, 2013
Container Fashion: Dressed for Fall
For the amount of time and energy we spend keeping our containers watered and fed, they ought to look good forever. Yet we're lucky to get a fu...
Make A Mini Garden: Small Plants, Big Fun!
August 06, 2013
Make A Mini Garden: Small Plants, Big Fun!
Some plants are tiny jewels. To appreciate them you need to stop, bend over and look closely. That's when it hits you: Their intricate detail i...
The Surprising Secret to Beautiful Containers
July 18, 2013
The Surprising Secret to Beautiful Containers
Some container gardens are so gorgeous they almost look magical. The secret to their beauty, however, is no mystery: It's about proper watering...
Tame Slopes With Beautiful Walls and Beds
July 16, 2013
Tame Slopes With Beautiful Walls and Beds
What happens when a gardener confronts a steeply sloping lawn? Garden magic! A steep slope isn't that attractive, and it can be a dicey task to...
Are You Starving Your Plants?
July 11, 2013
Are You Starving Your Plants?
Plants, like people, need sustenance to grow strong and healthy. Yet there are lots of plants out there that are starving. That's because most ...
Pretty Flowers, Tasty Ingredients
June 17, 2013
Pretty Flowers, Tasty Ingredients
If it was good enough for the Romans, then it's good enough for ... me? Yes, at least when it comes to edible flowers! Cooks have been using fr...
Don't Skip This Critical Gardening Step
May 28, 2013
Don't Skip This Critical Gardening Step
Want to spend the summer weeding and watering? We don't either! That's why we're going to take time this week to spread mulch in our ne...
Chelsea Flowers A Hit From Afar
May 20, 2013
Chelsea Flowers A Hit From Afar
The queen of all flower shows is about to begin, and we're sad that we're going to miss it. You probably are, too. It's the Chelsea ...
We've Got To Get These Flowers
May 07, 2013
We've Got To Get These Flowers
We need summer, and we need it now! What to do? Plant some annuals. While perennials have their place in the garden, annuals are the perfect soluti...
Looking for Seeds? Surprise!
May 02, 2013
Looking for Seeds? Surprise!
The flood of seed catalogs works us into such a frenzy that figuring out what to plant can end up being more stressful than fun. So it was a delightfu...
Video: Hail the Bale!
March 18, 2013
Video: Hail the Bale!
Have you heard the latest news about raised beds? You can make instant ones with straw bales. It turns out they provide an ideal environment for gr...
Just Add Water
March 07, 2013
Just Add Water
No plants, no pots, no soil? No problem! Even if you don't have a single gardening supply on hand, you can still grow flowers, herbs, even vege...
Longing For Lush? Look At These Gardens!
February 25, 2013
Longing For Lush? Look At These Gardens!
Are you yearning for summer's lush colors as much as we are? With warm weather still months away, we've found a perfect way to satisfy that cr...
The Cold Facts: Winter Sowing Works!
February 21, 2013
The Cold Facts: Winter Sowing Works!
Anxious to get some seeds started but have no room in your house? Start them outdoors, even if the temps are still frigid. It's easy, it requires ...
Don't Get Burned by Frost
February 14, 2013
Don't Get Burned by Frost
"Plant after all danger of frost has passed." That advice is on most seed packets—and it's important to follow because frost ca...
Video: Do Your Seeds Pass Muster?
February 11, 2013
Video: Do Your Seeds Pass Muster?
You hate to be wasteful. But you didn't need all the zinnia seeds you purchased last year, so you saved them. Now you're wondering if you can ...
Time to Order Seeds!
January 28, 2013
Time to Order Seeds!
Seed catalogs make great winter companions. Curl up on the couch with one, or a dozen, and soon you'll be dreaming of a host of newcomers you'...
Making Scents
January 15, 2013
Making Scents
It may seem like centuries ago that you actually could smell your garden's heady aromas, but that day will come again very soon. And with a little...
New for 2013: Grow Prizewinning Plants
January 14, 2013
New for 2013: Grow Prizewinning Plants
Working on your plant wishlist for 2013? Be sure to add these just-announced award-winners to the must-get column. They're the second batch of Al...
Paperwhites: The Secret to An Early Spring
January 10, 2013
Paperwhites: The Secret to An Early Spring
Pining for spring? Then plant some paperwhites! Part of the daffodil family, they can be forced to flower indoors any time of year. And you can pla...
Even Houseplants Get the Blues
January 07, 2013
Even Houseplants Get the Blues
If houseplants could dream, they'd be plotting their escape. When January rolls around, they're just like humans, craving a warming sun, moist...
Gardener's Resolution: Give Seeds a Chance
December 31, 2012
Gardener's Resolution: Give Seeds a Chance
You're not about to resolve to give up chocolate (duh!), but here's a New Year's resolution you can keep: Start plants from seeds this yea...
Video: Make A Living Centerpiece
December 06, 2012
Video: Make A Living Centerpiece
Friends and neighbors are used to swooning over your gardens. But wait until they see how you put your plant know-how to work on enchanting holiday dé...
Fun Spin on Jack O'Lantern
October 22, 2012
Fun Spin on Jack O'Lantern
Have you stocked up on turnips for Halloween? Long before European immigrants brought All Hallows Eve to America, they celebrated the holiday in th...
Video: Move Plants, Not Pests
October 11, 2012
Video: Move Plants, Not Pests
Attention houseplants: The party is officially over. The onset of fall brings an end to that extended outdoor vacation you've enjoyed all summe...
And The Winners Are ...
October 08, 2012
And The Winners Are ...
Did you vote? While it's too early for the national elections, you had the chance this summer to cast a ballot for an outstanding plant. The Americ...
Video: From Garden to Compost
October 01, 2012
Video: From Garden to Compost
Those plants in your garden are looking pretty worthless right now. But don't be fooled by their drooping heads. They contain a goldmine of nut...
Name That Garden Problem!
September 27, 2012
Name That Garden Problem!
Should they stay or should they go? That's the question we all ponder when sizing up the plants that didn't fare well during the season. Na...
Gardening Blogs: Laugh and Learn!
September 13, 2012
Gardening Blogs: Laugh and Learn!
We love reading gardening blogs! It's like peeking over the fence to see what your neighbor's up to. You never know what you'll find, but ...
Truth or Fiction? Gardening Myths Revealed!
August 06, 2012
Truth or Fiction? Gardening Myths Revealed!
Which of these statements is true? Plants like music. Wood mulch attracts carpenter ants. Trees should be staked. Get the surprising answers t...
Video: Off With Their Heads!
July 23, 2012
Video: Off With Their Heads!
If you're a flower, refreshment during these dog days of summer doesn't only come from water. It's also delivered via snips! The techni...
What's This Plant? An Easy Way to Find Out!
July 16, 2012
What's This Plant? An Easy Way to Find Out!
You might want to sit down. The website you're about to view has some very appealing photos, and you may find it hard to walk away. We're t...
Easy Way to ID Weeds
June 14, 2012
Easy Way to ID Weeds
You loved the mild winter. And the early spring with its glorious blooms was a gift. But what's up with these weeds? They're more prolific tha...
Give Your Plants a Fishy Treat
June 11, 2012
Give Your Plants a Fishy Treat
Want to give your garden a nutritious boost? Go fish! Fish are beneficial for plants just as they are for humans. In fact, many gardeners have been...
Stop, Shop, and Grow!
June 04, 2012
Stop, Shop, and Grow!
We know you're up to your elbows in digging, planting, and maintaining your gardens. In fact, you're so busy you don't have time to truck ...
We Love These Garden Bloggers!
May 21, 2012
We Love These Garden Bloggers!
Pour yourself a cool drink and relax! It's time for some gardening inspiration from a few of the bloggers we're reading this month. ...
Give Mom An Entire Day of Flowers
May 10, 2012
Give Mom An Entire Day of Flowers
Planning to give Mom a bouquet of flowers for Mother's Day? Give her a day of flowers instead—at a nearby public garden! Whether brimming wi...
Soil Testing Has Never Been Easier
May 07, 2012
Soil Testing Has Never Been Easier
Putting plants in garden beds without knowing anything about the soil is a little like making a casserole and then trying to bake it in the dishwasher...
Grow Gorgeous Plants with Healthy Soil
April 19, 2012
Grow Gorgeous Plants with Healthy Soil
What's the secret to a gorgeous, healthy garden? Great soil! While it can take time to build it up, it isn't difficult if you follow these five tips:...
Container Gardening Without the Hassle
April 09, 2012
Container Gardening Without the Hassle
What two things do most gardeners have in common? They need space for growing plants, and whatever space they have never seems to be enough! That's on...
Show Us Your Garden!
March 12, 2012
Show Us Your Garden!
Gardeners are showoffs—in the best sense of the word! We love to share our bounty, whether it's food or flower, with friends and family. No...
Grow Your Own Geraniums
March 06, 2012
Grow Your Own Geraniums
Geraniums are, quite simply, a gardener's dream plant. They're reliable, versatile—and, oh, those brilliant colors! While you might find an ampl...
Show Us Your Garden!
February 28, 2012
Show Us Your Garden!
Gardeners are showoffs—in the best sense of the word! We love to share our bounty, whether it's food or flower, with friends and family. ...
Ready, Set, Plant
February 23, 2012
Ready, Set, Plant
Spring is coming—really!—and it's time to get some seeds planted. Even if you have a tried-and-true way of tackling this garden task, it's...
Start Seeds the Easy Way
February 20, 2012
Start Seeds the Easy Way
Do your vegetable gardens look like they were planted by a drunken sailor? Honestly, it can be pretty challenging to plant the kind of neat, orderly r...
A Bizarre New Houseplant
March 17, 2011
A Bizarre New Houseplant
African violets add color and cheer to your windowsill all year—if they bloom, that is. And there's the rub. Often, no matter how much we feed them an...
Beautiful Blooms to Brighten Your Winter
February 01, 2011
Beautiful Blooms to Brighten Your Winter
Does this year's long winter have you craving the colorful blooms of your garden? It's time to brighten things up—indoors. These showy houseplan...
Amaryllis: Keep the Blooms Bright after the Holidays
December 21, 2010
Amaryllis: Keep the Blooms Bright after the Holidays
An amaryllis is a gift that unwraps itself. As the dark days of winter go by, its flower stalk gets taller and taller, until one day it unfurls its br...

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