The Best Flowers for Wet Soil

Turn a wet, poorly drained spot in your yard into a colorful landscape feature with these perennial flowers and ornamental grasses.

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Fall Veggies to Plant Now

Grow these cool-season vegetables and herbs to extend your garden's harvests in spring and fall. This list of vegetables includes seasonal vegetables, green vegetables, non-starchy vegetables, winter vegetables, green leafy vegetables, fall vegetables and more.

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Improve Poor Drainage

Follow these tips to transform a poorly drained area into an easy-care garden.

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Tips and Tricks to Keep Plants Blooming

Deadheading is a popular practice ¿ but do you know all the ways to keep flowers on your plants longer? Follow these easy tips for keeping your favorite shrubs and flowers blooming longer.

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Top Plant Picks for Late-Summer Color

Keep the color coming on strong through the end of the growing season with these easy-care, reliable annuals and perennials.

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Plan for a Gorgeous Fall Landscape

See how two great gardeners -- one on the East Coast and one on the West -- created knock-your-socks-off fall yards -- and learn how you can do the same.

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Best Plants for Rock Gardens

Transforming an unsightly slope or mound in your backyard into a colorful rock garden is easy when you chose the right plants. These amazing, low-maintenance ground huggers don't mind poor soil but do need good drainage to survive. Here's a list of our top plants for rock gardens.

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Best Plants for Butterflies in the Southwest

Attract a variety of butterflies to your southwestern garden with these eye-catching plants.

For both humans and butterflies, Baja passion vine (Passiflora foetida v. longipedunculata) is a tasty plant. The larvae of the Gulf fritillary munch on the foliage, and people enjoy the juicy grape-size fruit. Native to Baja California, it is heat tolerant and sports the sort of intricate (albeit smaller) white-and-purple flowers you expect from a passion vine. This twining vine climbs up to 15 feet in a single growing season. Note to humans: The fruit is ripe when it drops from the vine.

True to its name, the soft leaves of the woolly butterfly bush (Buddleja marrubifolia) are covered with silver fuzz and the plant does attract butterflies. The 5x5-foot evergreen shrub is a workhorse in the garden; it is tolerant of heat, cold, intense sunlight, and drought. Its orange, globe-shape flowers aren't garishly showy, unless you happen to be a pipevine swallowtail butterfly, which visits the woolly butterfly bush frequently for nectar.

A magnet for queen butterflies, the fuzzy lavender flowers of boneset (Conoclinium greggii syn. Eupatorium greggii) create a flutter of activity during the warm months. Cut back this low-growing perennial in late spring and periodically deadhead in summer to keep the flowers and butterflies coming. Provide boneset with moderate irrigation for best summer appearance.

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