Summer Gardening 46 Stories

Summer Crops: How to Grow Tomatoes
There’s no contest: Homegrown tomatoes, freshly picked, taste best. Given that, including them in a summer vegetable garden is a no-brainer. The next question is, which one to grow? There are tomatoes for every region, from Alaska with its short summers...
6 Water-Wise Perennials for Blazing High-Altitude Summers
Keep your garden colorful and your soul refreshed during the long, hot days of summer with the beautiful blooms of these tough perennials. Gardening at high elevations — altitudes of 5,000 feet or more — presents a unique set of challenges....
How to Go Bold With Summer Garden Color
If you take a walk around your neighborhood on a summer afternoon, you'll find that some gardens stand out from the rest. Some gardeners get your attention by using bold colors that stand out in the harsh sunlight, while others take advantage of large-leaved...
6 Summer Edibles That Can Really Take the Heat
Whether you live in the tropics or are experiencing a heat wave in your climate, maintaining summer vegetable gardens can be challenging if you've chosen plants that prefer mild temperatures. These herbs and veggies, however, thrive in hot temperatures...
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,...
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