Miniature Fairy Garden

Combining drought-tolerant succulents, Cotswold cottages, and elevated beds will lend easy inspection of the wee landscaping of a miniature garden.

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The Best Drought-Tolerant Perennials

When summer heat kicks in, rely on these drought-tolerant plants to hold their own -- and still look beautiful.

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Heat-Loving Container-Garden Plants

The dog days of summer can turn your gorgeous container gardens into a crispy mess. Try these plants that take the heat for color all season long.

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Summer Garden Maintenance 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.

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Throw a Garden Party

Greet the season with friends, flowers, and ice cream floats! Featuring pretty paper blooms and a blushing peach punch, this lovely garden gathering will have you celebrating summer in style.

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Creating Succulent Containers

Succulent gardens are low maintenance and make great container gardens -- they can withstand heat, neglect, and direct sunlight. Learn tips and tricks to create a gorgeous succulent container garden.

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Top Plants that Thrive in Clay

Clay soil makes gardening tough. It's slippery when wet, and it bakes solid when dry. Here are 25 beautiful plants that grow well in clay.

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Smart Rose Shopping

Follow these four tips to guarantee you get what you want -- without spending too much.

Affordable bare-root roses are widely available in garden centers, nurseries, and mail-order catalogs.

1. If you purchase bare-root (dormant) roses from mail-order sources, chances are you'll find a tremendous selection. Buy from a nursery in your region, where plants have been grown in conditions comparable to those in your garden. Average price: $15-$18.

2. Bare-root stock suffers less shock from travel and transplanting than potted stock. These roses are widely available at garden centers in early spring as boxed or plastic-wrapped roots packed in peat moss. Selection is limited; quality varies. Average price $10-$12.

3. If you buy potted plants at a nursery or garden center, look for healthy specimens with abundant foliage rising from several strong canes. Plant in spring, summer, or fall. Average price: $16-$22, depending on size and type.

4. Roses grown on their own roots (not grafted), known as own-root roses, are becoming the plant of choice among many rose gardeners because they tend to live for generations. These plants require several years to become well-established in the garden. Choose from a wide variety available from mail-order sources; plant in spring. Average price: $15.

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