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No annual is more cheerful or easier to grow than the marigold. These flowers are the spendthrifts...
Nasturtium is a cheerful, easy, quick-growing annual flower! They’re colorful, edible flowers, and...
Often grown as annuals, petunias are one of the most popular flowers because of their long...
Lavender is a bushy, strong-scented perennial plant from the Mediterranean. In warmer regions, its...
Perennial Salvias (also known as “sage”) are mainstays of the midsummer garden border—blooming...
Plant a Sunflower House
Plant a sunflower house! Having your sunflower tower is great for the birds and also just a fun...
Zinnias are one of the easiest flowers to grow, as they grow quickly and bloom heavily. Zinnia...
A perennial favorite native to North America, bee balm (also called wild bergamot) is beloved in...
Plants That Repel Mosquitoes and Other Insects
Which plants repel mosquitoes and other insects in the backyard and garden? Here’s a list of the...
Sunflowers say “summer” like no other plant. When do we plant these North American natives? How...
How to Grow Sunflower Seeds, Pumpkin Seeds, and Easy Grains
When we think about food gardening, we don’t usually think of seeds and grains—where do they fit in...
Hostas are hardy perennials that are especially perfect for a shady garden. Reliable and very easy...
Why You Should Plant Annual Flowers
Annual flowers are like Rodney Dangerfield: They “don’t get no respect.” However, if you have no...
Pansies are the colorful flowers with “faces.” A cool-weather favorite, pansies are great for both...
With their seductive fragrance, sweet peas make great flowers for gardens and bouquets. These pea-...
Snake plants, also known as Mother-in-Law’s Tongue and Sansevieria, are one of the easiest...
October Birth Flowers
Both of the October birth flowers—marigolds and cosmos—are colorful annuals that thrive in full sun...
Morning glories are annual climbers with slender stems, heart-shaped leaves, and trumpet-shaped...
The Best Fall Flowers for Your Garden
Summer’s end does not mean the flower blooms have to end! Here are some of our favorite fall-...
Impatiens is a beautiful annual that makes an excellent houseplant or summer bedding and container...
The perennial columbine (Aquilegia) blooms from mid-spring to early summer. Here’s how to plant and...
Cosmos are annual flowers with colorful daisy-like flowers that sit atop long slender stems....
Marjoram is a low-growing herb, perfect as a garden edging or planted in a container or window box...
Originally from East Asia, edamame is relatively new to North American gardens—especially to home...
Impatient for Impatiens?
Are you having trouble finding impatiens in garden centers this spring? Did the ones you planted...
March is Jam-Packed with New Plants and Ideas
I thought I’d seen all the new stuff for 2013. Wrong! Two veteran seed companies have sprung a...
Invasion of the Garden Catalogs--Part 2
So many gorgeous flowers and too little space! That’s my dilemma as I pore over the seed catalogs...
Tips and Treats
Outdoor gardening has ended for most of us north of an imaginary line drawn from Los Angeles...
I love sunflowers. They are so bright, beautiful, colorful and practical. I admire that, until the...
Potpourri: from the best annuals to giant cabbages
As I begin autumn cleanup, it’s productive to observe what grew the best, bloomed the most...