Spring Gardening 23 Ideabooks

Clean your pruners and get out your gardening gloves. Spring is here, bringing longer days, fresh blooms and annual garden chores. In the Pacific Northwest and Southwest, it's time to prune trees. Early bulbs and wildflowers are peeking their heads above the soil around the Northeast and Great Lakes regions. Start your...
Spring Gardens Are Blooming — Here's What to Do in April
Colder climates may still be shrugging off winter, but most gardeners are excited to be back to work by April. Dry summers in California and the American Southwest call for drought-tolerant plantings and water-wise practices. Butterflies signal spring's...
Enjoy the Peak of Spring Gardening — Here's What to Do in May
Traces of winter have all but disappeared by May; the last frost dates have usually passed and blooms are vigorously pushing forth into the fresh spring air. In warmer regions it's never too early to start planning for the dry summer heat; check irrigation...
7 Spectacular and Practical Spring-Flowering Trees
The flowering cherries of Washington, D.C., the redbuds around Lake Michigan, the saucer magnolias of the San Francisco Bay Area — wherever you live, there's...
6 Unsung Spring-Blooming Trees
Flowering cherry, flowering crab apple, flowering plum: all spring-blooming trees you're bound to know and love. How can you not? I'd never be so callous as to diss these billowy, cheery signs of spring, but I'm always on the hunt for something ... well,...
Summer Crops: How to Grow Strawberries
Ripe and juicy strawberries are one of nature’s sweetest treats. They’re also one of the easiest and most versatile additions to a garden, providing flowers in spring, fruit in spring and summer, and ornamental green leaves for most of the year —...
Attract Hummingbirds and Bees With These Beautiful Summer Flowers
Landscapes sustain us by giving us food to eat, air to breathe and space to live in — let's repay the favor. When choosing what we plant, it's important to respect our natural landscapes and the wildlife they support. Sustainable garden practices teach...
Simple Pleasures: Savor the First Spring Day in the Garden
Is there anything better than that first spring day when the weather finally feels warm enough to really spend time outdoors? Celebrate spring with a full day spent puttering in the garden, tending to chores, sprucing things up and pampering...
7 Great Container Plants for Early-Spring Appeal
In cold climates early spring is still too early for planting containers with summer-blooming annuals. It’s best to wait until you are past your average last frost date. But that...
Expert Pruning Secrets for Exquisite Roses
After the threat of frost has passed, hit the garden armed in your toughest clothes and sharpened pruners for the annual task of cutting back the roses. While gardeners may share different insights on the art of rose pruning, one thing is certain: While...
Great Design Plant: Rozanne Cranesbill
For those of us looking for lower-maintenance gardens, it is easy to dismiss this hardy geranium as just another perennial that will need fussing with. To discount it so readily would be to deny yourself one of the best summer performers I have ever grown. Not...
Great Native Plant: Angelita Daisy
The sunny flowers of angelita daisy (Tetraneuris acaulis) will brighten any landscape, but if you look beyond the pretty flowers of this Southwestern native, you will find that it packs a few surprises. Angelita daisies thrive in the hot...
Budget Gardener: 8 Easy Container Plants to Grow From Seed
I love growing container gardens and keep many of them throughout my landscape. While I love the instant gratification of a 4-inch starter pot, buying dozens of them to fill all those containers gets expensive. One way to combat this is starting a number...
5 Exotic Rose Colors for a Beautifully Different Garden
I know we all love our pink, red, yellow and white roses, but sometimes it's fun to step outside of the norm and go a little bolder with color — or a little funkier. How about some lavender, peach or caramel, or roses with a hint of black? Have I gotten...
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...
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