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Brighten your home with blooming houseplants

Brighten your indoor décor with plants that bloom. Whether growing traditional favorites, flowering tropical plants, or annuals moved inside for winter; their colorful flowers are... — Updated 1/10/2019


Plant indoors now for a fragrant new year

Plant away the stress of the of the holidays and add some fragrance to the new year by growing paperwhites. Just plant the bulbs, no cold treatment needed, and watch them grow into... — Updated 1/3/2019


Keep holiday plants looking their best

The holiday season has arrived. That means you will be on the giving or receiving end of a poinsettia, Christmas cactus, cyclamen, amaryllis or other holiday plant. Extend the... — Updated 12/20/2018


Plants for every room in your home

Gardeners know the benefits of digging in the soil. It elevates a person’s mood, improves mental and physical well-being and the outcome is always good — added beauty or tasty... — Updated 11/29/2018


Blooms and bulbs: holiday gifts that keep on giving

Make gift giving easy with unique green gifts that provide weeks and in some cases months and years of beauty. Plus, gifting easy-care blooming plants is an experiential gift... — Updated 11/15/2018


Five steps to a more beautiful landscape

Don’t let a busy schedule stop you from creating a beautiful landscape. Incorporate a few of these changes into your fall landscape care. You’ll create beautiful results with a limited investment of time and effort. Cut the... — Updated 10/18/2018


Plan and plant this fall for three months of color

It's time to think spring and get busy planning and planting for months of colorful blooms. The key to getting a continuous parade of spring flowers is to plant bulbs that bloom at... — Updated 10/11/2018


Start an indoor garden with scraps

The pantry is full of fall favorites like squash, onions and potatoes, but busy schedules may have you finding a few things growing in the back of your cupboard. With little effort... — Updated 10/4/2018


Discover the beauty of double tulips

Celebrate the National Garden Bureau's Year of the Tulip in a big way by planting double flowered tulip varieties this fall for a showy display next spring. Flower arrangers love... — Updated 9/20/2018


Safe suggestions for pet-friendly indoor gardening

Houseplants make a wonderful addition to our home's décor and improve the indoor air quality. Those with pets however may struggle with keeping plants safe from curious pets and... — Updated 9/13/2018


Harvest and dry flowers for year-round enjoyment

By MELINDA MYERS Contributor Enjoy your flower garden's beauty all year long. Harvest and dry a few flowers to use in flower arrangements, craft projects or as gifts for friends and... — Updated 8/30/2018


Create healthy foundation for fall plantings

Fall is a great time to start a garden or renovate an existing planting bed. The soil is warm while the air is cool - a perfect combination for establishing new plantings. It is... — Updated 8/23/2018


You can garden your way to better health

Break out the tools and garden your way to a healthier mind, body and spirit. Gardeners have always know it, but now research proves that gardening is a great form of exercise. You'... — Updated 7/19/2018


Natural pain relief is as close as your garden

Busy schedules, over indulging and strenuous summer activities can lead to sore muscles, indigestion and headaches. When searching for pain relief, look no further than your own... — Updated 7/12/2018


How to use the summer season to care for your perennial gardens

Keep your perennial gardens looking their best throughout the hot summer months with a bit of midsummer grooming and care. Investing time midseason means you'll be enjoying... — Updated 7/5/2018


The management of powdery mildew on plants

Spots and patches of white or gray talcum powder-like substance on your plant means powdery mildew infected your plant. This is one of the most widespread fungal diseases and attack... — Updated 6/28/2018


Celebrate 2018 with four special garden honorees

It's a year-long celebration of flavor and beauty as we honor and grow the beet, coreopsis, calibrachoa and tulip. The National Garden Bureau (NGB) has declared 2018 the year of... — Updated 6/14/2018


Use these unique edibles to wow your guests

Make your next gathering one to remember by including a few unique vegetables on the relish tray, as a side dish or for dessert. Your guests will be "wowed" not only because you... — Updated 6/7/2018


Twelve must plant pollinator-friendly flowers

Fill your garden with colorful annuals you and the pollinators can enjoy all season long. Look for outstanding varieties chosen by All-America Selections (AAS), a non-profit plant... — Updated 5/31/2018


Add gardening space with elevated gardens

Elevate your gardens to waist high level for convenience and easy access. Elevated gardens are easy on your back and knees and are perfect for the patio, balcony, deck or any area... — Updated 5/10/2018


Winning flowers for Mother's Day

Give mom a gift that provides beauty all season long with minimal care. A basket, container or garden bed filled with these award-winning annuals is sure to generate a smile and... — Updated 5/3/2018


Shade gardening beyond hostas

A shady spot provides welcome relief from the summer heat; but it can make growing a beautiful garden a bit more challenging. Take heart, your landscape may receive more sunlight th... — Updated 4/19/2018


Keep your lawn green and healthy all season long

A healthy lawn is your best defense against lawn diseases and other problems. But when the weather favors the disease more than your lawn, problems can occur.  Reduce the risk of... — Updated 3/22/2018


Grow a bountiful garden and share with those who are hungry

Do you always squeeze in an extra tomato plant, another row of beans or hill of zucchini? It seems like a good idea at the time, until they all start to produce all at once. Your fa... — Updated 3/15/2018


The hottest pepper varieties to try this year

Turn up the heat and add a bit of spice to your meals with hot peppers. Add them to your garden, flower borders and containers for added beauty and easy picking. Your biggest... — Updated 3/1/2018


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