Fall Container Designs with Ornamental Peppers
Fall Container Designs with Ornamental Peppers

Bright, seasonal ornamental peppers (Capsicum annuum) add warmth and zest to fall plantings. Colorful peppers remain pretty for a long time, and pair well with many other seasonal perennials and bedding plants. Try one of these four easy, seasonal container designs, or use elements to inspire your own creations. Read more...

12 Poisonous Garden Plants to Avoid for Kids and Pets
12 Poisonous Garden Plants to Avoid for Kids and Pets

When I was seven, I found a beautiful plant covered with pretty purple flowers. I picked a bouquet for my mother, and when I gave it to her, she screamed. They were poisonous nightshade blooms! She rushed me to the bathroom to wash my hands, and repeatedly asked whether I’d put my hands in my mouth. It was so frightening, but my mother’s basic knowledge of toxic plants kept me safe. Read more...

Diverse, Decadent Dahlias
Diverse, Decadent Dahlias

For floral flamboyance, dahlias are hard to beat. The diversity of flower color and forms as well as growth habits and relative ease of culture make these ever-blooming tuberous plants favorites for gardeners worldwide. Read more...

The Best Vegetables to Grow for Kids
The Best Vegetables to Grow for Kids
 Five Best Ways to Save Water in the Garden
Five Best Ways to Save Water in the Garden

Smart gardeners prepare for summer dry spells and drought. A little water can go a long way, if you plan ahead with effective water conservation techniques. Click here to read.

Seven Easy Butterfly Flowers
Seven Easy Butterfly Flowers

Want butterflies? A kaleidoscope of gossamer-winged beauties all a flutter in a cloud of garden flowers that you planted? The truth is, creating a butterfly garden is pretty effortless, because many truly easy garden flowers are big on the butterfly palate. And butterflies eat with their eyes, so the flowers they love are generally the vibrantly hued flowers that we love, too. Click here to read more.

Fruits of Winter
Fruits of Winter

Discover some of the best fruits of winter. These beautiful berried shrubs keep winter landscapes looking bright and beautiful.

The High-Protein Vegetable Garden: Beans and Grains
The High-Protein Vegetable Garden: Beans and Grains

Vegetarian and vegan lifestyles have popularized high-protein garden veggies. Growing a good selection of nutritious, protein-packed grains and beans means expanding upon the standard repertoire of veggies. The list may include cool-season legumes, like chickpeas and fava beans, as well as winter grains and warm-season crops, such as edamame and amaranth. Read more

5 Sustainable Ways Your Garden Can Help the Earth
5 Sustainable Ways Your Garden Can Help the Earth

By default, gardens help the Earth by providing vital green space, but there are smart ways to boost a garden’s overall value—environmentally, socially, and economically. Some steps are small. For example, growing your own food organically takes little effort and offers big rewards with fresh, low-cost produce. Composting your own food scraps and fallen leaves reduces landfill waste and results in rich compost for your garden. Similarly, choosing the right garden plants will feed wildlife and make your yard more ecologically sound.

Here are five easy ways to make your garden more sustainable in 2017!

Growing Strawberries with Success
Growing Strawberries with Success

Sometimes old-time gardening advice is the best advice. When I searched for the most complete tips for growing the best strawberries (Fragaria x ananassa), I eventually turned to two of my oldest gardening books–How to Grow Vegetables and Fruits by the Organic Method (J.I. Rodale, 1961) and the Cyclopedia of Horticulture (L.H. Bailey, 1902). Both offer a wealth of information for strawberry growing success. In fact, my new strawberry patch is already producing good fruit! Read full article.

Monarda or "Unsung Beebalms"
Monarda or "Unsung Beebalms"

IN MY alter ego as a superhero promoter of underdog plants, I envision myself donning a mighty green mask and chlorophyll-enriched cape to shine a dazzling spotlight on the lesser-known members of the genus Monarda. Read about these pollinator powerhouses!

A to Z Organic Rose Care
A to Z Organic Rose Care

Roses have a bad rap when it comes to pests and diseases—causing ecologically minded gardeners to avoid growing these seemingly needy, unsustainable garden beauties. But this need not be so. With the dawn of more resilient rose varieties and better rose-care products, it is easier than ever to successfully grow roses organically.

Learn to grow beautiful roses organically!

Slow Flowers
Slow Flowers

IN THE COMMERCIAL CUT-FLOWER INDUSTRY, it’s not easy being green. In response, an influx of eco-conscious growers and designers are embracing the so-called Slow Flower Movement—aided by a suite of savvy writers and other advocates furthering their cause. Choose sustainable cut-flower sources!

Saving Heirloom Seeds
Saving Heirloom Seeds

Seed saving is easy, saves money, and ensures that your seeds have come from a reliable source (your garden!). Smart seed saving requires that you (1) allow your seeds to fully mature, (2) clean your seeds properly, (3) store your seeds correctly, and (4) know exactly what you are saving and storing. Step 4 is probably the most essential and least understood. Read more...

Native American Berries
Native American Berries

Edible berries native to North America feed wildlife and offer untamed, flavorful pickings for hikers and roadside harvesters. Native blueberries, gooseberries, raspberries, and others pack a punch of flavor unmatched by garden-variety hybrids—anyone who has tasted a wild blueberry pie knows store-bought berries are no match! Discover native berries suited to your own yard or garden.

Magical Miniature Daffodils
Magical Miniature Daffodils

There’s something about miniature anything that draws kids, and every year my ‘Minnow’, ‘Hawara’, and ‘Baby Moon’ just cry out to be picked by my children. They make the prettiest fairy bouquets and are easy-as-pie to grow, so this bulb-planting season I plan to expand upon my mini daffy plantings. These cute miniature daffodils are easy to grow and oh so sweet.

Big, Bold Tropical Plants for the Summer Garden
Big, Bold Tropical Plants for the Summer Garden

Big, bold, tropical plants look amazing in summer gardens and large containers, and they drink up the summer heat and humidity. So often ornamental bananas, exotic elephant ears, upright sanserverias, strappy cordyline, and colorful croton are grown only indoors or way down South, but they will thrive any place that’s steamy. Placing them in the right spot with the right companion plants is part of the fun.

Gardening for Native Bees
Gardening for Native Bees

Honey bees (Apis mellifera) may garner more of the limelight, but North America is also home to approximately 4,000 known native bee species that are just as agriculturally, horticulturally, and ecologically important. Learn smart ways to garden for native bees.

Antique Garden Books
Antique Garden Books

Reading antiquated gardening books can feel like finding buried treasure. They tell of times when tools and garden plants were simpler and planting designs classic. Many deliver loads of useful, old-timey tips and techniques, making them that much more fun to read. And they tend to be beautifully illustrated—all the more reason to seek them out. Link to article