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

Spring Planting Partners

Spark a riot of color in your spring garden and find strength in numbers with these made-for-each-other planting companions.

X

    Everything in this slideshow

    • Sculpture Garden

      Shape and texture create living art in this combination.


      Paired here: Pink Impression Tulips and Ostrich Fern


      Why it works: Delicate ferns pair well with the bold shape and color of tulips.


      Spring Planting Tip: For an equally striking contrast, use a delicate bulb such as grape hyacinth with large-leaf plants such as heuchera.

    • Midas Touch

      A carpet of foliage sets the stae for a showy bloom.


      Paired here: Bellona Tulip and Golden Tiara Hosta


      Why it works: Yellow blossoms cheerfully play off the variegated hosta foliage beneath. Tulips don't always return reliably; try daffodils for a more lasting option.

    • Purple Passion

      Perennials and bulbs create the perfect pairing of leaf and bloom.


      Paired here: Purple Voice and Woodstock Hyacinth and Husker Red Penstemon


      Why it works: In addition to the lovely leaf-and-bloom combo, the penstemon will flower later in the season, giving this planting two color peaks.

    • Spring Gala

      Overwinter pansies for no-fall colorful combos.


      Paired here: Aprictor Whirl Narcissus and Orange Matrix Pansy


      Spring planting tip: Plant bulbs and pansies together in fall, pansies right on top. When blubs bloom, the pansies will be there waiting, for a can't-miss duo.

    • Use Colorful Foliage

      Add eye-catching appeal to your spring garden by creating contrasts. Here, the rich purple Japanese maple foliage makes a stunning partner to pure white tulips.


      Test Garden Tip: Continue the effect by adding other white flowers that bloom later in the season, such as astilbe, coral bells, and toad lily.

    • Employ Variegated Foliage

      Plants with chartreuse foliage make a big bang on their own -- but become an absolute work of art when paired with purple or blue, as seen with this variegated boxwood and allium.


      Test Garden Tip: Other great plants with glowing golden foliage include 'Chardonnay Pearls' deutzia, 'Goldheart' bleeding heart, and 'Sweet Kate' spiderwort.

    • Start Early

      Spring-blooming bulbs aren't the only source of start-of-the-season color; mix in a few early flowering perennials. Try tiny crocus in a bed of forget-me-nots, for example.


      Test Garden Tip: While blue forget-me-nots are the most popular, you can create this look with pink-flowering types and pink crocus, or white forget-me-nots with white crocus.

    • Mix Early Favorites

      Tuck in some cool-season annuals such as viola, nemesia, and stock with your favorite bulbs. These purple violas look great with almost everything, but are amazing with 'Valerie Finnis' grape hyacinths.


      Test Garden Tip: Make garden magic by tossing in some yellow violas or pansies. Soft yellows pair well with this grape hyacinth; bolder, buttery yellows look great with the viola.

    • Play Off Colors

      Peachy-pink and yellow 'Fokker Fan Fan' tulips pick up the tones of this floriferous spring azalea perfectly. A carpet of violas finishes it off.


      Test Garden Tip: If you love this look but deer are a problem in your area, try daffodils that feature a peachy-pink cup. Some top selections include 'Sentinel', 'Vie en Rose', and 'Pink Silk'.

    • 10 of 20

      Extend Your Season of Interest

      Lovely creeping phlox puts on a big show for a few weeks in spring. Keep your garden looking great by mixing it with longer-blooming plants, such as this yellow lamium.


      Test Garden Tip: Go bolder by mixing in a lamium with chartreuse foliage, such as 'Golden Anniversary'.

    • 11 of 20

      Make a Big Impact

      Expand your garden's horizons by mixing spring trees, shrubs, and vines for impact. Here, for example, wisteria adds structure and grace to the garden while forming a perfect backdrop for colorful azaleas.


      Test Garden Tip: For another stellar spring combo later in the season, try flowering dogwood with tree peony.

    • 12 of 20

      First-Rate Foliage

      Texture is tops with this pair of early-spring bloomers. The finely dissected foliage of poppy anemones softens the tulips' rigid, straplike leaves. Butter yellow tulips and deep purple anemones are a four-star show in the garden, and they put on an equally stellar performance in a vase.


      Test Garden Tip: For even bigger impact, try a tulip with variegated foliage, such as 'Unicum' or 'New Design'.

    • 13 of 20

      Include Fragrance

      Make truly memorable plant combinations by including fragrance. Here, sweetly scented hyacinths add to a planting of blue grape hyacinth and chartreuse-blooming Euphorbia polychroma.


      Test Garden Tip: If deer or rabbits are a problem in your area, try hiding plants they like in a planting of euphorbia, daffodils, or other varieties the critters pass by.

    • 14 of 20

      Add Color to Shade

      Few perennials are more elegant than bleeding heart. Create a first-class combination by mixing it with a white-edged hosta such as 'Patriot'.


      Test Garden Tip: Add a white astilbe or two to extend the season of interest and create a fun contrast in foliage textures.

    • 15 of 20

      Create All-White Elegance

      Columbine and bleeding heart are perfect partners. Make a classic combination by using a white variety of each. This plant pairing will surely stand out in the middle of a shady garden.


      Test Garden Tip: Add in an all-white fernleaf bleeding heart, such as 'Aurora', or white coral bells to extend the look.

    • 16 of 20

      Play with Plant Shapes

      Don't overlook plant habits. Here, a gracefully arching bleeding heart looks like fireworks planted with low-growing pink and white primroses.

      Test Garden Tip: Make this even more fun by growing a pink old-fashioned bleeding heart underplanted with white primroses.

    • 17 of 20

      Enjoy Late-Spring Combos

      Peonies and giant alliums are made for each other and create the perfect pairing to bid farewell to spring.

      Test Garden Tip: A favorite late-spring combination in the Test Garden is a white-flowering rugosa rose and single white peony.

    • 18 of 20

      Make Woodland Magic

      Foamflower is a sweet little ground cover for shady spots -- its fairy-wand-like flowers seem to sparkle. It's a natural partner for primroses and tiny claytonia flowers.

      Test Garden Tip: Foamflowers come in two categories, clumping and running. Pick the best one for your space.

    • 19 of 20

      Add Color to Partial Shade

      Need something for those pesky areas that get a little too much light for shade-loving plants, but not enough for your sun worshipers? Try this pairing of lovely blue campanula, chartreuse lady's mantle, and bright golden yellow tulips.

    • 20 of 20
      Next Slideshow Power Perennials: Plants That Thrive No Matter What

      Power Perennials: Plants That Thrive No Matter What

      Add some flower power to your garden this year with any of these tough-as-nails perennial bloomers.
      Begin Slideshow »

      Related

    close
    close
    close
    close
    close

    Loading... Please wait...