The Best Flowers for Wet Soil

Turn a wet, poorly drained spot in your yard into a colorful landscape feature with these perennial flowers and ornamental grasses.

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Fall Veggies to Plant Now

Grow these cool-season vegetables and herbs to extend your garden's harvests in spring and fall. This list of vegetables includes seasonal vegetables, green vegetables, non-starchy vegetables, winter vegetables, green leafy vegetables, fall vegetables and more.

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Improve Poor Drainage

Follow these tips to transform a poorly drained area into an easy-care garden.

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Tips and Tricks to Keep Plants Blooming

Deadheading is a popular practice ¿ but do you know all the ways to keep flowers on your plants longer? Follow these easy tips for keeping your favorite shrubs and flowers blooming longer.

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Top Plant Picks for Late-Summer Color

Keep the color coming on strong through the end of the growing season with these easy-care, reliable annuals and perennials.

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Plan for a Gorgeous Fall Landscape

See how two great gardeners -- one on the East Coast and one on the West -- created knock-your-socks-off fall yards -- and learn how you can do the same.

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Best Plants for Rock Gardens

Transforming an unsightly slope or mound in your backyard into a colorful rock garden is easy when you chose the right plants. These amazing, low-maintenance ground huggers don't mind poor soil but do need good drainage to survive. Here's a list of our top plants for rock gardens.

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Bread Box Container Gardens

Create a charming container garden by planting in an antique bread box.

You can create a lush, beautiful garden in any container that holds soil, but lets excess water drain. Add country or cottage charm to your landscape with planters made from antique bread boxes.

Tips for Finding Antique Bread Boxes

It takes more than dough to acquire vintage bread-boxes. Some shopping savvy helps, as well as the willingness to search online. The online advantage: You can search and bid on items while loafing at home. Bargains abound on Internet auction sites, if you know how to find them. Try these tips:

  • Initiate a search for kitchen collectibles. Use phrases such as "vintage metal bread box" to refine a search to metal, not wood, for example.
  • Ask the online seller for a specific description of the bread box, including its age and condition. If a photograph is provided, check for damage.
  • Watch out for cheap reproductions. There are a lot of new bread boxes out there, along with the old antique types.
  • Stick with your favorites. Pick out favorite features, such as the material they're made from, the color, etc.
  • To keep yourself from spending too much money, decide what you're willing to pay before you start bidding.

Planting Ideas

This container features a shade-loving mix of white sweet alyssum, purple-leaf fibrous begonia, and pink tuberous begonia. The container at right features cheery yellow zinnias, variegated lantana, and coleus.

But just about any plants will work as long as they don't grow too large for the bread box. For more plant ideas, see our Plant Finder.

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