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Flower Bulb Design Made Foolproof

crocus field

Before you plant your spring-blooming bulbs this fall, make a simple flower bulb design plan that will guard against disappointment, blank spaces and awkward phases come spring. Follow these easy design tips.

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

tender perennials fuchsia magellanica

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.

Stunning Silver Plants for Dry Times

lambs ears

Olympic athletes may be disappointed to settle for silver, but it’s a most desirable color in the garden. Silver-leaved plants are a sophisticated design choice, and, even better, they tend to be drought tolerant. 

Summer Tomato Care

Jung Seed Summer Tomato

You may have noticed a drop in tomato production as summer has shifted into full gear. Once temperatures climb above 85˚F to 90˚F in the day and 75˚F in the evening, the tomatoes’ flowers often encounter a problem with setting …

Summer Garden Chores

photo from The Weekend Gardener

Until it’s time for cool-season sowing it’s time for fun (and chores) in the summer sun. Here’s what needs to be done to keep the gardens healthy and happy. Tidy up. Heat and humidity breeds disease; why add more fuel …

Your Guide to Smart Watering

When temperatures climb and rains start to taper off, smart gardeners take a critical eye to their watering practices to conserve water and get the most out of their watering routine. Here are a few tips for water-wise gardening: Do …