Our Growing Blog

Your Garden's Personality

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 We gardeners are as varied as the spaces we create.  Finding  meaning in a sparse but thoughtfully executed space. 

Read This Before Buying New Plants

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 Arm yourself with the knowledge to ensure you purchase  beautiful, healthy plants that will increase the curb appeal of your  home and garden.              

Great Design Plant: Common Fig

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 The common fig is a beautiful ornamental tree that can take on the  profile of a very full shrub, depending on how you decide to prune it.  

5 Elements of a Sensory Garden

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 Many of the plants that are recommended for a sensory garden also work  well in a variety of landscape designs. Some can even do double duty. 

25 Ideas to Perk up Your Side Yard

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Turn this often overlooked area into an  enticing and useful outdoor space.

Installing a Stone Patio

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Planning to add a stone patio to your landscape next year? Here's what to consider before getting started.

Kumquats for a Juiced-Up Winter

Kumquats for a Juiced Up Winter

Grow it for the edible fruit or its good looks alone . This citrus cousin will brighten any gray winter day.


Great Design Plant: Yellow Bells

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With its large size and copious golden flowers, this shrub can cover walls or screen unsightly views

Attract Hummingbirds and Bees

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 U.S. native plants: Roll out a welcome mat for pollinators to keep your landscape in balance and thriving.

Boxwood Alternatives

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Don't let Box blight limit your plans for  garden designs.

Great Design Plant: Zagreb Tickseed

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Get colorful drama along with dear resistance, drought tolerance and low maintenance - plus a butterfly or two.

Great Design Plant: Wild Lupine

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Spiky blue flowers and a high tolerance  for poor soil make this plant ideal for tough sites.

A Garden of Succulents for Beauty

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Low water plants in a wide range of colors, shapes and sizes. Check out our favs here.

A Cool Garden: Gray & Blue Plants

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Looking for plants that calm with color in the heat of the summer? Look no further than these 14 soothing  beauties.

Overcrowded, Overpruned Shrubs

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Go for a more natural look  that's easier and less expensive to maintain by giving your plants the right amount of growing room.

How to Design a Colorful Flower Bed

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Fall Planting: Delight the eye through three seasons with bright flowers placed just right. Late summer is the time to plan.

Great Plant: Butterfly Milkweed

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Vivacious orange flowers for you. nectar for the butterflies and bees. Asclepias tuberosa is worth planting for more reasons than one.

A Design Plant: Hibiscus "Sugar Tip"

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As pretty as a party dress, " Sugar Tip"  has layers of pink that catch the eyes of the butterflies.

Fall: 20 Favorite Flowers

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Vivid blooms and striking shapes make these annuals and perennials a delight in the autumn garden.

Garden Design: Monarch Butterflies

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Thinking like a butterfly leads to fresh perspectives in the garden and in life.

Consider the Lowly Boulder

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A boulder can be a thing of beauty in the landscape. Here are 10 ways to display them to full effect.

More Impact From Less Grass

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Instead of letting the lawn sprawl, make  it a shapely design element in your yard. You'll reap benefits both practical and aesthetic.

The Art of the Espalier

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Go ahead let the limited garden space drive you up the walls. With these six way to train plants vertically, it can be a beautiful thing.

Design a Garden for Native Bees

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Create a garden that not only looks beautiful but also nurtures native bees - and helps other wildlife in the process.

Rododendrun Canescens

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Have a shady, damp spot in your garden that needs a lift? This Southern U.S. native may be the solution.

Your Gardens' Common Thread

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Bring the areas of your garden together to give it a unique sense of purpose.

Design Plant: Chionanthus Viginicus

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Lacy flowers cover native white fringe tree in spring, and birds feed off of its berries in winter.

Chasmanthium Latifolium: Sea Oats

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Inland sea oats is an easy native grass for a moist, shady garden spot

Great Plant:Spigelia Marilandica

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Indian pink is a top hummingbird plant  for shady sites.

Make a "Kokedama" String Garden

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Dig in to create  a simple, beautiful Japanese-inspired hanging garden.

Six Wildflowers That Aren't Weeds

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Dispel the stereotype of weeds and try these wildlife-supporting native wildflowers in your garden.

Weird But Wonderful Backyard Art

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These  outdoor areas will have you looking at your own backyard through fresh eyes. Dare to be different?

DIY Project: Teacup Planters

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Add a riot of color to your windowsill, table or balcony by repurposing old cups and saucers as little planter pots.

Edible Plants as Ornamentals

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Try growing these tasty plants with your ornamentals for an attractive garden and fresher meals.

Design Plant: Illicium Parviflorum

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This shrub from the anise family brings a ray chartreuse sunshine to the woodland garden

Great Design Plant: Dudleya

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Set up this succulent in native conditions ans see just how little care it need to thrive in the landscape.

Succulents Beautify a Shade Garden

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A garden designed to be viewed from above gets new drought-tolerant, wildlife friendly plantings.

National Pollinators Week

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Get involved to help bees,butterflies and moths thrive. National Pollinators Week June 19 to 25.

Magic With Succulent Centerpieces

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These fresh ideas for living table toppers don't  need much water or care.

Explore Private Gardens

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Take a peek into exceptional landscapes usually closed to the public  or dig deeper by attending a garden workshop.

Borders Bursting With Color

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These pant combinations show how to create a lush look with vibrant low-water flowers, shrubs and succulents.

Serenity With a Moon Gate

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The Elegant arc of a moon gate creates tranquillity and a hint of mystery in modern gardens.

Great Design Plant: Passion Vine

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Enjoy the amazing flowers and edible fruit of U.S. native Pasaflora incarnata ( also knows as maypop ) - the butterflies sure do.

Great Blue Lobelia

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Great blue lobelia, a flowering native  plant that prefers moist soil, adds a calming blue hue to the late-summer garden.

Design Plant: Swamp Milkweed

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Beautiful  swamp milkweed makes it easy to help monarchs and other pollinators in eastern U.S. gardens.

Go Beyond Black-Eyed Susans

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Branch out from typical nursery fare, with lessor-know Rudbeckia species that have delightfully unexpected features.

Design Plant: Trumpet Honeysuckle

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Grow this long blooming, flashy flowering vine to cover a fence or arbor and attract hordes of hummingbirds all season long.

Great Design Plant: Paddle Plant

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If your looking for some awesomely strange foliage and low care requirements, this succulent is right up your alley.

Coastal Sweet Pepperbush

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Bottlebrush blooms, gorgeous fall color and delightful fragrance give us this U.S. native shrub 4 season appeal.

Snowberry Pleases Year-Round

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Bright spring foliage, pretty summer flowers, white berries in winter...Symphoricarpos albus is a sight to behold in every season.

Decorate With Versatile Agave

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Beautiful, succulent leaves reach toward the sky, adding texture and beauty to the drought tolerant landscape.

Stars of the Succulent Garden

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Amazing colors, exuberant blooms, low maintenance, ... is it any wonder Echeveria is so popular?

"8 Plants That You'll Love To Grow"

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Don't dismiss these common annuals, perennials and shrubs - there are reasons they've been popular for so long.

The Garden With Orange Flowers

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Hummingbirds and butterflies are not the only ones who will notice when you introduce a blaze of orange into your garden.

The Boxwood After 350 Years

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Wild or mild, the humble boxwood still brings style and order to all kinds of gardens.

Shrubs In Your Flower Garden

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Mix up the garden experience and let the flowers and shrubs play together.

Native Wildflowers for Fall

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Keep the garden wonderful with these stalwart perennials. 

10 Hardy Succulents

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Hardy succulents for the cooler

 temperatures.

Yes, You Can Grow a Plant In That

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You can upcycle your old typewriter, paint cans, tires and many more things into places for your plants.

Southern Garden: The Needle Palm

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This sprawling, resilient palm can be used in many ways.

12 Fabulous Container Gardens

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Celebrate the season with potted displays rich in color and texture.

For a Classy Look: Try Brick

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See how to combine this time-honored paving material with other types, such as  concrete and stone.

10 Ways to Create a Secret Garden

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You can design your garden to to feel like a secluded backyard retreat, a world apart from the hustle of daily life.

Succulents And Your Garden

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This large group of undemanding, water-wise plants offers pretty and practical answers to your gardening dilemmas.

14 Red Flowers for Your Garden

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Learn how to grow vivid flowers that will bring hummingbirds to your garden.

Winning Combo: Agave and Grases

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See if you agree that bold, spiky agaves and soft, luminous grasses make a perfect pair.

6 Walkable Ground Covers

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These trample-proof, low water plants can cut down your water bill while greening up your garden.

Enliven Gardens With Euphorbias

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With their foliage and flowers, these succulents bring interest to mild-winter landscapes.

How to Throw a Block Party

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Get fun ideas, useful tips and step- by- step advise for organizing a successful event in your neighborhood.

Hedge Pruning Pointers

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Hedging are often called the gardener's architecture. Here is how to keep different kinds healthy and attractive.

Keep Your Succulents Thriving

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Follow these guidelines to ensure your indoor succulents remain happy and healthy.

New Flowering Plants

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These perennials and shrubs have long -lasting color and beautiful blooms, and they attract birds and butterflies too.

Garden Design: Planned Geometry

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Add structure, highlight forms and direct the eye with plantings in blocks, bands, cones and spheres.

The Right Gravel For Your Garden

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Answers these seven questions to  find the gravel size, color and texture for your needs and landscape style.

Growing: String of Banana Plants

This quirky, trailing succulent is easy  to grow on a bright windowsill or hanging basket.

This quirky, trailing succulent is easy to grow on a bright windowsill or out of a hanging basket.

Grow The Donkey Tail Succulent

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Easy-care Sedum moganianum is perfect for hanging planters and mixed containers.

Hummingbirds and Butterflies

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Don't let limited space prevent you from welcoming wildlife into your garden.

Bring Life to Outdoor Walls

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Use Vines. vertical gardens, trellises, screens, espaliers and more to transform your exterior walls.

Pink Trumpet Vine

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Announce you landscape beautification efforts with this flowering vine that perks up hot, dry gardens.

Great Design Plant: Milkweed

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Quit cringing. This not-weed plant is a sight to behold in the garden, has a delicious vanilla scent and is a magnet for butterflies.

14 Crazy Places to Grow Edibles

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Some Houzzers may lack ground for gardening, but they are never short on imagination.

Use Boxwoods in Your Landscape

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Add form to garden beds, edge walkways and create Interest with these sophisticated shrubs.

Ingeniously Mix Pavers and Pebbles

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Designers show there is more than one way to execute this popular material pairing.

Drifts and Masses In Your Garden

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Whether in formal or natural landscapes, grasses or succulents planted en masse elevate the garden.

You'll Love Verticle Gardens

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Boring patios and lackluster views, begone!

Beautiful Gardens With Verbena

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Verbena bonariensis works wonders as an airy screen, back-of-bed flower, window box plant and more.

Light Your Landscape

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New Project: Install outdoor lighting to highlight special features and keep nighttime walks safe.

Great Design Plant: Crepe Myrtle

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With long lasting blooms and exfoliating bark, this ornamental tree brings color and a unique form to the landscape.

Care Guide: Your Patio Cushions

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Ready you furniture with these tips for removing sunscreen stains, mildew and more.

Beautify a Porch With Plants

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Abundantly welcoming, plants rooted in pots, hanging in baskets, or climbing up a trellis add life to a porch.

Garden Borders With Planted Pots

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Set your containers free from the patio-placed among plantings in the ground, they fill unsightly gaps, let you experiment and more.

Enjoy The Appeal of Garden Cosmos

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This annual is a classic favorite that thrives on neglect and decorates warm-season gardens.

Extend Your Garden's Summer Color

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Revive summer-weary gardens with late bloomers such as toad lily, Russian sage, blanket flower and more.

A Guide To Growing Succulents

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Their easy-care is well deserved, but a little TLC will turn succulent into star plant.

Six New Plant Varieties

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With better resistance and fewer demand, these improved garden beauties are worth a spot on your wish list 

Great Plant: American Beautyberry

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 The bright purple berries of Callicarpa americana feed winged beauties and make the Southeast U.S. native a fall garden standout. 

10 Native Plants for the Southeast

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For low-maintainance and wildlife-friensly landscape, use Southern natives that withstand heat and humidity.

All About Propagating Succulents

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Here's how to grow more succulents from the plants you already have.

How to Grow Herbs Indoors

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Have a sunny window? Enjoy the flavor of fresh herbs year-round by growing them in the house.

Nine Ways to Use Lavender

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Give your yard a hit of color, a waft of fragrance and the buzz of bees with this sun-loving, low -water perennial.

Grow, and Eat, Delicious Flowers

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Flavor your garden and favorite dishes with edible flowers.

Hummingbirds in Your Garden

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Hummingbirds - unique to the Americas - zip through open landscapes seasonally or year-round. Here's how to attract them.

Your Irrigation System

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New weather-based and sensor-based   controllers take the efficiency of your sprinklers to the next level.

Five Succulents to Grow Indoors

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These easy-to-grow succulents make great house plants in bright, sunny spaces.

Can a Pergola Work in a Small Yard

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Even if your space is limited, there are ways to add an open roof to create the feel of an open room.

Tips That Add Maximum Curb Appeal

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Get the front of your house looking it's best in time for summer.

Mix Edible and Ornamental Plant

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Fruits, flowers, vegetables and herbs come together in potted combinations that are as pretty as they are productive. 

Prepping Your Home For Sale

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Find out if a repair is worth making before you put your house on the market.

Colors To Set You Garden Mood

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Select plants in these color combinations to create an outdoor space that's cheerful, energizing or calming.

Got Allergies: What to Grow Instead

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Having allergies doesn't need to mean giving up your garden. Here are some options that will let you garden sneeze-free.

Ten Trees To Grow In Containers

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These container-friendly trees make great specimens for pots on the patio or marking an entrance.

What's in These Edible Gardens

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Home gardeners are growing vegetables and fruit in raised beds, on arbors, on bean tripods and even a repurposed boat.

Great Design Plant: Bougainvillea

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Bring unbeatable vibrancy to a garden or wall with this unfussy and trainable shrub packed with colorful bracts.

Your Tranquil Garden Fountain

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With this DIY water feature in your yard, serenity is just a few steps away.