Plants

Grow edibles and ornamentals successfully—here’s how.

This Fall-blooming Shrub Brings a Splash of Red

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Virtues:  We love October Magic Ruby camellia for its lovely red flowers that appear in the fall. It’s a compact shrub that can play several roles in the garden: focal point, hedge, foundation or large container.

Deer-proof Bulbs for the Shade Garden

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Virtues:  We love this mix of five spring-flowering bulbs from Colorblends. The Woodland Blend combines five different early-blooming, mostly deer-proof bulbs that stand up to squirrels and rabbits, too. They also survive shade, provided they receive sun in early spring. …

Fall Flowers and Plants That Aren’t Mums

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In many areas, mums are the go-to for fall color in the garden and containers. For something a little less expected, try these annuals that stand up to cool temperatures and come in colors suited for autumn.

Can You Plant Arborvitae in the Fall?

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In general, fall is the best season to plant shrubs (among most other types of plants, too). Of course, there are always exceptions to the rule, and many gardeners seem to count arborvitae among them.

Propagate Tender Perennials With This Trick

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The end of the summer doesn’t mean that cold-winter gardeners have to say goodbye to tropical plants and tender perennials. Even better, with this trick you won’t need to rearrange your whole house to accommodate large tropicals for the winter.