How to Get Blue Hydrangeas

If you love blue flowers (and who doesn't?), one of the most popular must-have plants for your garden is hydrangea. These versatile shrubs produce giant ball-shape flowers that look stunning in the landscape surrounding your home, as specimen plants in your garden, and make gorgeous (and easy!) bouquets.

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Flowering Perennials from Spring to Fall

Turn your garden into a color show spring through fall. Here are 17 easy-to-grow flowering perennials.

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Garden Pictures That Inspire

Garden pictures can provide inspiration. Browse our gallery of garden pictures, including landscape garden pictures, to find the picture of a garden that will give you your perfect landscape.

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Growing Lilies and Daylilies in Your Garden

Daylilies and lilies are two big-impact, easy-to-grow plants for your summer garden.

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How to Grow Potatoes

Growing potatoes is easy, and you'll find the taste of homegrown potatoes much better than that of store-bought versions. You can grow potatoes in just a few easy steps. Learn how to grow potatoes, as well as how to harvest them for maximum flavor.

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Urban Gardens

Living in a space-challenged urban environment shouldn't stop you from enjoying fresh air. Check out these great ideas from some amazing city landscapes.

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How to Get Beautiful Texture in Your Garden

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Colonial-Style Cottage Garden

Get tips and a plan for creating a lush garden full of charm.

At first, it doesn't seem like a Colonial-style cottage garden should work. Colonial gardens, after all, were mainly utilitarian -- a place to grow vegetables and herbs tidily behind a white-picket fence. They often had a formal design or feel.

Cottage gardens are largely the opposite: They're lush, blowsy places that are anything but formal. Packed with plants, it's common to see annuals, perennials, and herbs spilling over, or even partially blocking, pathways. You'll often see structures such as a white-picket fence or an arbor in a cottage garden, though it's anything but formal.

You'll end up with a garden that's both pretty and practical.

Get more ideas by downloading our plan here, featured in the August 2010 issue of Better Homes and Gardens® magazine.

Click here to download a free labeled diagram of the garden shown here!

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