Everyday Gardeners

Plant. Grow. Live.

One of the hardest parts of being a garden editor at Better Homes and Gardens is that we cover a national audience and gardening isn’t a national topic. Different regions have very different gardening needs — and plants for that matter. Some of the best-recommended plants for New England, for example, fail in Texas (and top Texas plants don’t stand a chance in Massachusetts).

That’s why we launched Gardening Where You Live — this new feature on BHG.com helps you identify the best plants and gardening techniques for your particular part of the country. It’s a quick and easy way to filter through all the gardening advice we have online to pick what’s most relevant for you.

We’ll be updating and adding to it as we go, so check it out through the gardening season!

3 Responses to “ Gardening Where You Live ”

  1. I’ve tried planting crocus in my rock/sand patio for 4 years now and most years they won’t even come up and what does sprout are just leaves – no flowers. I thought maybe the sand wasn’t nourishing enough, so I bought some new plants and planted “everything” that was in the pot – soil and all. Nothing. Any suggestions? I made sure to plant them the proper depth and between the rocks but it’s frustrating to keep doing this almost every year and never have blooms. My miniature grape hyacinth are doing fine in the sandy soil.

  2. Hi Mike! It’s tough to say what’s happening with your crocus w/out knowing more information. Be sure you’re planting varieties that are good for your area — that your winter’s aren’t too warm or cold for the type of crocus you’re planting — and that you’re putting in good-quality corms in the fall. Don’t bother planting the forced crocus in bloom you find in spring — they rarely come back well. —Justin, Better Homes and Gardens

  3. I live on the Jersey shore that was hit hard my Superstorm Sandy and my backyard was destroyed and alot of my plants are dead or dying. Can someone advice me as to what I can plant so the occasional flood water will not kill my plants Most of the time water is not a problem maybe once a year. But this time the water and mud was there a couple of days. Rinse the plants with fresh water but they are still dying. Please help me




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