Summer Gardening 41 Ideabooks

7 Tropical Bulbs for a Summer Garden That Wows
Traditional bulbs may wither in the heat of summer, but that's when bulbs from the subtropics really shine. They're useful for adding bold and dramatic colors and patterns to gardens anywhere; in temperate regions they can be dug up in fall and replanted...
Herb Garden Essentials: Grow Your Own Oregano and Marjoram
If you love to cook, try growing oregano and its sibling, sweet marjoram. They're pretty foolproof, ideal for novice gardeners. They're also a great addition to any number of dishes, and you can easily freeze or dry them. The real issue is deciding...
7 Deer-Resistant Flowers for Your Summer Containers
Deer are the bane of many gardeners' existences. For good reason, too — it's an awful feeling to wake up in the morning and find nothing but stems and dirt where a perfect garden once sat. But before you're tempted to give up gardening entirely,...
11 Perfect Plants for a Moonlit Garden — in Pots
Most summer gardens must be seen in the daylight for us to truly appreciate their beauty. But if you love to spend your summer nights outdoors, a moon garden can help you create an outdoor space that's just as enjoyable in the starlight as it is in the...
6 Ways to Grow Edibles in Small Places
People are more excited than ever these days to experiment with growing their own food and reaping the rewards of an edible garden. But what if you don’t have a huge amount of space? Are...
How to Cultivate a Young Gardener
Anyone will tell you that "kids these days" aren't spending enough time outside. Gardening with your children is a great way to get them out of the house. Never gardened before? Figuring out how to start can be overwhelming, but it doesn't have to be....
Summer Crop: How to Grow Blueberries
Ornamental, versatile, edible, and highly nutritious — blueberries tick all the must-have boxes for a top landscape plant. With their pink-white spring flowers, blue berries through the summer, and red or yellow fall color, they make a three-season...
How to Grow a Rose Garden in Pots
Have you ever heard that anything that grows in the ground can be grown in a container? That's true, even for roses. While potted roses have additional watering and fertilizing requirements, they are wonderful for patios, decks and balconies, making them...
Summer Crops: How to Grow Pumpkins
If you can grow squash, you can grow pumpkins; after all, they’re a type of squash. But they deserve their own category, if only for the number of varieties and...
Summer Crops: How to Grow Squash
New to vegetable gardening? Start with squash. This easy-to-grow plant is almost guaranteed to thrive and produce an abundant crop, even if you’ve never put a hand in the soil before. Experienced gardener? Branch out from familiar zucchini and...
Great Design Plant: Lilies
When is a lily not a lily? As it turns out, quite often. Many of the plants that we call lilies — canna lily, lily of the Nile, daylily and calla lily — are, in fact,...
Great Design Plant: Lavender Cotton
Intense summer sun can leave plants scorched and depleted by late summer, making for a tired-looking garden once the mercury settles down and we can get out to appreciate the outdoors. For lavender cotton (Santolina chamaecyparissus), it’s...
Great Design Plant: Pink Muhly Grass
By now we’ve established that most of us love ornamental grasses. Their movement, fine texture and minimal upkeep leave little to be desired. And with so many varieties available, you can choose from an array of grays, greens, blues, reds and even pinks...
Sweeten a Summer Garden With Pink Flowers
When you walk into a garden, you might notice scent first. Walk into a lilac garden and you'll almost be knocked off your feet by the fragrance. Or perhaps you are the type of person who notices shade and shape first. Maybe you are just the type who...
Summer Gardens Sing With Blues
Blue is the holy grail of the garden world. It is the magical color of sky and the great unifier of the landscape. Pure blue plantings are sought after and have even been stolen. And gardeners dedicate years to producing a single blue flower. Don't...
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