Gardening 721 Ideabooks

10 Native Wildflowers to Beautify Your Winter Garden
Hopefully you leave up your fall and winter garden, because the benefits are enormous: seeds and cover for wildlife, litter for overwintering butterflies and stems to gather snow, which insulates and hydrates roots. Of course, the biggest reason — let...
Great Design Plant: Strawberries for All Seasons
I want my entry garden to be both beautiful and functional, so I’ve designed it with a mix of plants that offer multiple seasons of interest along with culinary benefits — and the path leads right up to my kitchen door. There’s woolly thyme growing...
Organic Matters: Thwart Insect Pests With Trap Crops
Gardeners are a generous bunch, always sharing seeds, plants and especially the produce they’ve grown themselves. But that generosity ends when it comes to pest insects. Few things are as maddening to a gardener as seeing bugs chowing down on rows of...
Yes, You Can Enjoy Your Yard in December! Here's How
In mild climates, there's still time to plant a festive camellia in a pot near the front door and put in bulbs for a big spring show. In colder areas, it's time to gather boughs from the yard for fresh arrangements inside and out. In the Southwest, luminarias...
Great Design Plant: Louie Eastern White Pine
Seattle is renowned for its gray skies and seemingly endless rain, so those of us who live here seek out plants that add a Midas touch, especially to the winter garden. Trees, shrubs and perennials that offer bright...
5 Unsung Wildflowers That Thrive in Dry Shade
I know there are areas of our gardens that just, well, tick us off and create literal nightmares. (I once dreamed that the entire neighborhood came over to suggest that one small problem spot meant I was a terrible gardener whom no one should listen to.)...
Great Design Plant: Ocotillo for High-Reaching Flair
The deserts of the American Southwest are famous for the many different types of plants that flourish in the hot and dry conditions. Perhaps the most iconic plant found in all three Southwestern deserts is the ocotillo. Although ocotillos are found...
How I Learned to Be an Imperfect Gardener
I remember the day clearly when gardening changed for me. It was the second year living with my new landscape — the first large garden I had ever created from scratch. I was making the rounds along the path, admiring what still was very much just a...
10 Solutions for Soggy Soil
If your poorly drained garden has kept you from growing your favorite vegetables and flowers this year, don’t give up on gardening just yet. While it is true that your choices are limited by a garden with “wet feet,” there are many ways to improve...
A Garden With a Love Story
Some gardens have a story to tell, and some are so highly personal that they are extensions of those who create them. Other gardens seem to work in concert with Mother Nature, where the human hand takes a back seat to the seasonal symphonies she chooses...
Great Design Plant: Cascalote Tree for Sunny Southwestern Style
While it is fun to pronounce the name of this small to medium-size tree (cas-cah-LOH-tay), the real attraction lies in its yellow flowers and unique foliage. Beginning in the fall and continuing into winter, this tree is transformed when...
How to Plant a New Lawn From Seed
If you're looking to start a new lawn or fill in a patchy area of your existing one, consider planting your lawn from seed. While not the perfect solution for every lawn in all parts of the country, grass seed is often a great choice for homeowners who...
How to Plant a New Lawn From Sod
Looking to start a new lawn fast? Whether you've recently finished building a house and need a lawn to go with it, or simply want to establish a fresh lawn in your current home, starting a lawn from sod is a fairly easy project for the average homeowner....
6 Splendid Blue-Flowering Bulbs
In much of the U.S., from now until the ground freezes, it’s time to plant spring-flowering bulbs. Tulips and daffodils are the most popular. Between the two...
Great Garden Combo: Fall Foliage With a Contemporary Twist
The typical fall garden is a fiery kaleidoscope of color and texture, of trees and shrubs layered to create a vibrant tapestry. As beautiful as that is, it is not the only way to create a memorable autumnal display. Consider the architecture...
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