10 Ways to Conquer Your Fear of Gardening

You might not believe it, but you were born with a green thumb. It may have gone untended for a while, but it's there waiting for you to nudge it awake. Put away your theory of being a plant killer, that anything dies under your care. Forget those nagging thoughts of where your garden will live or when you'll find the time, it's there somewhere. It doesn't have to cost a fortune and you'll get more than you give. So, here are 10 tips for conquering your fear of gardening:

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Exquisite Purple and White Flower Combinations

Not sure what plants to put together? Get inspiration from these planting combos that feature purple and white.

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    • Springtime Beauty

      Color combinations can be formal, with colors blocked out and clearly separated, or a more relaxed mix. That's the case with this pretty border of tulips, which neatly softens the space between a stone pathway and brick wall.

    • One Plant, Two Colors

      A grouping of two different hues of alliums showcases how two colors of a single flower can look distinctly different. The white version recedes, with less impact but a visually interesting. The deep purple globe, however, makes a more vivid impact.

    • Fix on Foliage

      Remember that foliage can add color, too. In this arrangement, a deep purple coralbells variety provides the anchor for this purple and white combo. The accompanying lamium does double duty, providing white for the combination in both flowers and the variegated leaves.

    • Carefree Collection

      Lively and cheerful, this casual garden overflows with cottage-style loveliness. Flowers in various shades of purple and white, including clematis, delphinium, wishbone flower, dianthus, daisy, and sweet William, are accented by foliage-focused plants tinged with the same color combination, such as coleus and New Zealand flax.

    • On the Ground and in Containers

      Bold white tulips provide contrast to low-growing, spreading purple forms of lungwort and flowering spurge. To complement a color selection, consider using containers that repeat the same hues, such as this one that overflows with rich purple hydrangeas.

    • Stunning Selection

      A simple way to create a harmonious color combination is to select two of the same plants in different colors. Here, purple and white colchicums, their blooms nearly identical, create a pretty springtime flower vignette

    • Pretty Pairs

      A duo-tone color combination need not blend the two hues in the same plant or intersperse the shades in a planned-out fashion. Here, pansies, in blue and dark purple, and sweet alyssum in white line the woodland flagstone path.

    • Helpful Herbs

      Colors in this flowerbed deftly transition from white (mixed with green) to lavender to a deep purple. There's a nice mix of flowers -- including purple angelonia -- as well as foliage-focused plants, such as tricolor sage and herbs purple basil. In fact, herbs can be an underused source of foliage and flowers in the garden, with the added benefit of providing a harvest, too.

    • Welcome Birds and Butterflies

      Native plants offer lovely shades of purple and white while drawing butterflies and birds to a garden. This casually pretty collection combines coneflower, anise hyssop, and cleome.

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      Short and Tall

      Grouped by height, this garden segues from more spreading plants, such as purple verbena and dianthus, to taller bearded iris. That's a good guideline for easily creating visual interest without making garden design too complicated: Shift sections, particularly in beds that aren't too deep, based on how tall the plants grow.

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      Best White Flowers for Your Garden

      White flowers lend a cooling effect to the garden, especially on hot summer days. White flowers practically glow in the evening, so they're perfect for planting along pathways, or up against a deck or patio. Check out some of our favorite white flowers.
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