19 Great Garden Books for a Winter Escape

With the holidays over and the garden still blanketed in snow, what’s a gardener to do to survive the cold, dark days of winter? Dream of spring blooms, of course! And what’s the best way to prepare for a new garden season? Rest, rejuvenate, and reap garden inspiration by reading great gardening books! With literally […]

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7 Superb, Classic Blue Perennials for Your Garden

Do you know that 2020 is the year of “Classic Blue?” For the past two decades, global color guru Pantone® proclaimed a “Color of the Year”—and trend followers everywhere quickly updated their wardrobes and interior décor with splashes of the anointed “it” color. But why limit Pantone’s trending hue to scarves and throw pillows? Instead, […]

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Great Gifts for Gardeners

As temperatures plummet and snow covers the landscape, garden season may seem ages away—unless you’re lucky to live in a warm zone! Most gardeners start counting the days until spring as soon as the first frost hits, hoarding seed catalogs and dog-earing interesting landscape designs in their favorite books and magazines. Even if the weather […]

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Perennials and Bulbs: Perfect Companions for Spring Gardens

If you’re like most gardeners, your mailbox overflows each fall with flower bulb catalogs, tempting you with stunning tulips and dazzling daffodils. Bulb companies know we need a burst of blooming spring beauty after enduring the cold, dark days of winter. After all, who doesn’t love the first spring snowdrop or cute crocus? Fall is […]

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16 Fabulous Fall Flowers

The lazy days of summer may be over, but it’s not time to put your garden to bed yet. In fact, the cooler autumn temperatures make it a perfect season to add more interest to your garden and extend its beauty with fall blooming plants. We’ve compiled a list of our favorite fall blooming perennials […]

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How to Create Lovely Layers in the Garden

When you tour gardens, do you wonder how beautiful blooms become a cohesive, colorful, season-long show? How do the plants blend so perfectly into a cool-colored, serene space, a riot of bright colors to excite the senses, or a contemporary, elegant green space designed for entertaining? While public gardens’ beautiful designs may be due to […]

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How to Create a Cool Summer Garden

Ah, summer. Do you look forward to long, lazy, stress-free months relaxing by the pool, sipping icy beverages in the garden with friends, or watching the hummingbirds’ acrobatics? Unfortunately, summer’s bliss often evaporates as the thermometer rises. It’s challenging to enjoy the garden view as sweat drips into your eyes. Wait–don’t retreat into the air […]

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How to Create Continuous Interest in the Garden

If you’re like most gardeners, you dream of beds filled with perpetually blooming plants that add color and interest to your landscape all year long. Unfortunately, it’s a rare perennial that blooms from the first day of spring through first frost. But with a bit of planning and our seasonal bloom cheat sheet, it’s possible […]

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4 Fabulous Drought-Tolerant Perennials

When you think about drought-tolerant plants, do you envision an arid landscape filled with rocks, cacti, and succulents? Think again! Many gorgeous gardens include lush layers of colorful blooms and fabulous foliage—but also contain drought-tolerant plants to enhance the garden’s sustainability. After all, as temperatures rise and many regions experience extended droughts, choosing plants that […]

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4 Fabulous Deer-Resistant Perennials

Do you plant for wildlife? If you’re like most gardeners, you love watching hummingbirds pause for a sip of nectar, bees gathering pollen, and butterflies flitting among the flowers. Sometimes, though, adorable garden visitors turn into bullies, destroying beloved plants and wreaking havoc on your landscape. Even if you’re a wildlife advocate, what animals do […]

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