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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The Best Bulbs to Plant in Your Lawn

Add no-maintenance spring color to your landscape by naturalizing carefree bulbs in your lawn and landscape.

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    • Siberian Squill

      Reflect the sky with a sea of blue Siberian squill. This reliable little bloomer pops up and can create a carpet of color for a couple of weeks if temperatures stay cool.

      Name: Scilla sibirica

      Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil

      Size: To 8 inches tall

      Zones: 4-8

      Native to North America: No

    • Glory-of-the-Snow

      Enjoy a multitude of blue, pink, or white star-shape flowers from glory-of-the-snow. This charming bulb earned its name because of how early it blooms in the season.

      Name: Chionodoxa luciliae

      Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil

      Size: To 6 inches tall

      Zones: 3-9

      Native to North America: No

    • Snow Crocus

      One of spring's first blooms, little snow crocus offer gorgeous cup-shaped blooms in shades of purple, yellow, blue, or white.

      Name: Crocus selections

      Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil

      Size: To 3 inches tall

      Zones: 3-8

      Native to North America: No

    • Snowdrop

      Among the first bulbs to bloom, snowdrops offer graceful, butterfly-shape flowers on nodding stems. Singularly, they're beautiful up close, but like most bulbs, they're stunning in a large group.

      Name: Galanthus nivalis

      Growing Conditions: Full sun or part shade and well-drained soil

      Size: To 4 inches tall

      Zones: 3-9

      Native to North America: No

    • Puschkinia

      A close relative of Siberian squill, this easy bulb offers little spikes of pale blue flowers. Each petal has a darker blue stripe running through the center.

      Name: Puschkinia scilloides

      Growing Conditions: Full sun or part shade and well-drained soil

      Size: To 6 inches tall

      Zones: 3-9

      Native to North America: No

    • Early Iris

      It's a great treat to see the rich purple flowers of early iris poking up out of the ground -- especially when the ground is still covered in snow.

      Name: Iris reticulata

      Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil

      Size: To 6 inches tall

      Zones: 4-8

      Native to North America: No

    • Winter Aconite

      Also called wolf's bane, this is the first spring bloom in many gardens. A low plant, it produces cup-shape flowers in a dreamy shade of golden yellow.

      Name: Eranthis hyemalis

      Growing Conditions: Part shade and well-drained soil

      Size: To 3 inches tall

      Zones: 4-8

      Native to North America: No

    • Ipheion

      An under-appreciated bulb, Ipheion is a favorite here at the Better Homes and Gardens Test Garden. The star-shape flowers bear a lovely fragrance.

      Name: Ipheion uniflorum

      Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil

      Size: To 8 inches tall

      Zones: 5-9

      Native to North America: No

    • Early Yellow Iris

      These dwarf iris are extra early bloomers, often appearing out of the snow. Their bright yellow color is a wonderful way to welcome spring.

      Name: Iris danfordiae

      Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil

      Size: To 6 inches tall

      Zones: 4-8

      Native to North America: No

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