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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Easy DIY Garden Accents

Skip the store-bought accents and give your garden a personalized spin with these easy-to-make containers, ornaments, fountains, and more.

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    • Bubble Fountain

      A small metal table (this one cost $40 at IKEA) becomes a fountain by swapping the glass top for a plastic planter bowl and dressing up both pieces with spray paint. A submersible pump and attached fountain bring the waterworks to life. Glass balls glisten under the water and conceal the pump.

      Tip: Replenish water as it evaporates, keeping the pump submerged to ensure it works properly. All pumps and fountains in these projects are available at home improvement centers.

    • Custom Concrete Pots

      Stir up some fun by mixing concrete and adding color. These custom garden pots were created using small disposable milk cartons for the exterior designs and tumblers from the dollar store as inner molds.

    • Stenciled Outdoor Art

      An unadorned stretch of fence becomes a fetching focal point thanks to colorful stenciled outdoor artwork. This wooden canvas was created using a bundle of lath, available at a building center. After constructing your palletlike canvas, roll outdoor acrylic paint onto the front. Position your stencil on the lath canvas using repositionable adhesive, then paint the image with a flat brush. Let dry before attaching to a fence or wall.

    • Easy Concrete Orbs

      Make these affordable concrete accents for your garden or patio using a few surprising materials. Watch our step-by-step video to see how to create this project.

    • Scrap Metal Flowers

      Give your garden year-round blooms with larger-than-life flowers designed from scrap metal and wooden stakes. A decorative knob provides a pop of color at the center of each flower while keeping the parts together.

    • Hanging Wooden Basket

      Catch eyes from a block away with a colorful hanging basket design. This easy-to-make project brings a touch of greenery straight from the garden to your front porch, patio, or deck.

    • Salvaged Succulent Planter

      Turn an old birdbath into a salvage-style succulent planter in just three simple steps.

    • Nursery Pot Wreath

      Upcycle bumper crops of plastic nursery pots and cell packs into pretty garden decor, no matter their shape, size, or color. This wreath is designed to tough it out in the rain or sun. To make this wreath, set a wreath form on a moss mat and cut around it as widely as possible Glue the moss mat to the wreath form, then cut nursery pots and cell packs into desired flower shapes. Spray-paint the plastic flower shapes and let dry before anchoring each one to the wreath with florist pins.

    • Simple Sphere and Pedestal

      Gather leftover trimmings from pruning and fashion them into a decorative garden accent. A tripod of arching rebar holds this organic sphere and adds to the scupture's overall appeal. Insert the rebar securely in the ground 6-8 inches apart and adjust to hold the sphere.

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      Double-Decker Fountain

      Incorporate nature's splashy sounds into your outdoor space with a simple two-tier fountain. This space-savvy design can turn even the tiniest garden into an exotic escape.

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      Chalkboard Plant Markers

      Liven up your garden with these reusable plant markers. Create your own custom chalkboard paint colors by combining 1 tablespoon unsanded tile-grout powder with 1/4 cup outdoor paint. Use the mixture to coat wooden plant stakes, then label each one with a china marker.

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      Tile-Topped Stepping-Stones

      Create a pretty garden path with the help of these handmade stepping-stones decorated with pieces of ceramic tiles or plates. To keep costs to a minimum, look for chipped or cracked ceramic items at flea markets or neighborhood sales.

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      Simple Rosemary Topiary

      It's easy to buy a ready-trained topiary, but it's fun and satisfying to make your own. Many types of plants are well-suited to shaping, including the herb rosemary used here. It's also possible to train your own topiaries from hollies, ivies, and boxwood, or from flowering plants, such as lantana, fuchsia, and hydrangeas.

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      Colored Glass Garden Votives

      Cast a cool light on your deck or patio with these decorative votive holders. Pint-size canning jars, glazed with paint to match a garden's decorating scheme, provide pretty, low-cost candle lanterns. These blue-hue jars enhance the garden scene while protecting the votive candles from breezes.

       

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