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:

See More

Gardening Tips for Renters

Want to bring more green to your house or apartment? Using a few easy, inexpensive techniques, <a href="http://www.thehorticult.com/">The Horticult</a> shows how you can garden like you own the place -- without risking your security deposit. You don't have to own your home to create a garden that reflects your personal style. Grow your favorite plants and create an inspired landscape -- or patio, interior, or balcony -- using these fun, low-commitment methods. (Although you might want to check with your landlord about the larger projects!) And if you move, you can take it all with you. These 10 tips for renters will give your garden a new lease on life.

View Slideshow

Summer Checklist

Summer is a gardener¿s busiest season. If you¿re short on time or not sure what to do, follow this easy summer gardening checklist to keep your lawn and garden in great shape all season long.

View Video

Drought-Tolerant Grasses

Drought! The word itself strikes fear into the hearts of gardeners everywhere. Scarce water resources, especially in hard hit areas such as California and Texas, are making it almost impossible to maintain traditional style lawns. That's why many people are replacing their lawns with groundcovers and native plants. But for those who want a lush green lawn, here are some less-thirsty options.

See More

How to Improve Garden Soil

Many homeowners inherit bad garden soil ¿ but you don¿t have to live with it! Learn how to get the best garden soil possible through amendments, composting, and more.

View Video

Top Shade Perennials

Shade plants are perfect for those tough spots in your yard. Learn about the best shade-loving perennials, including flowering shade perennials, partial shade perennials, and full-shade perennials.

View Video

Landscape Ideas

Landscape ideas provide inspiration, and studies show that upgrading your landscape will add value to your home. Here are some great landscape ideas to improve your home's outward appeal.

View Slideshow
Popular in Gardening

Covering Ground

Ever-spreading horizontal forms of evergreen, deciduous shrubs and perennials cover a lot of ground.

Use groundcovers to accent a stone path in your yard.

Growing out instead of up, groundcovers add a powerful and purposeful punch to the landscape. They prevent soil erosion, control weeds, define pathways, soften and hide foundations, fill in garden voids, and visually link house, patio, and walk to lawn and garden. The finishing touch for well-groomed gardens and yards, groundcovers fashion panoramas literally spilling over with form, texture, and color. Hundreds of groundcover varieties, chosen for foliage, flowers, or both, flourish in a wide range of planting sites, from sun-baked spots to heavy-shade havens.

Snow-in-summer Cerastium tomentosum

Give them a place in the sun and these multipurpose, low-maintenance groundcovers get moving, happily (and in some cases, speedily) threading their way through borders and beds and down hard-to-mow slopes and banks. Massed along walkways, sun-loving groundcovers direct traffic. Planted around shrubs and roses or intermingled with spring bulbs, they act as camouflage, hiding leggy branches or fading foliage. Consider height, bloom time, foliage color, and cultivation needs when choosing groundcovers. Built-for-speed groundcovers are good for large areas such as slopes and banks but may be too aggressive to include in beds and borders; do some research to choose which groundcovers to add to established beds. Download the Sun Worshipers chart for helpful information. Downloading requires Adobe Acrobat software.

Sun Worshipers chart

Download Adobe Acrobat

European wild ginger Asarum europaeum

Flourishing under trees and shrubs, along north-facing foundations, and in woodland gardens, these groundcovers are essential elements for landscaping shady areas. They perk up areas where other plants or turf grasses refuse to grow. Ideally suited for creating shades of green around tree trunks, for carpeting the earthen floor below towering pines, or for filling in hosta and fern borders, these groundcovers are all quick growers that require very little care after becoming established. For shady borders, mix evergreen with deciduous groundcovers to extend the show after the deciduous plants lose their leaves and impact come frost. Blend plants with solid green foliage with those that have colored foliage, such as carpet bugleweed (Ajuga reptans) or yellow archangel (Lamium galeobdolon). Download the Shade Lovers chart for helpful information. Downloading requires Adobe Acrobat software.

Shade Lovers chart

Download Adobe Acrobat

Garden Groundcovers

close
close
close
close
close

Loading... Please wait...