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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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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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Fabulous Fall Color: The Best Plants for the Southwest

Add a burst of fall color to southwestern gardens with these striking trees and shrubs.

Although the Southwest is not a region known for its fall color, with careful selection, you can incorporate blasts of red, yellow, and golden color into your garden. In years when hard freezes are not early, the color lasts into December and even January. Try the following tree and shrubs.

Chinese pistache (Pistacia chinensis, Zones 7-9): Appreciated as one of the few desert-adapted shade trees to provide radiant fall color, the venerable Chinese pistache has a new twist: a grafted variety named Sarah's Radiance. This female clone has a uniform shape, increased cold tolerance (hardy to Zone 5), and more intensely red fall foliage, tinged with pale purple. Because it is a grafted specimen, it is only available in large-container sizes. Ask for it at local nurseries that have a good selection of woody plants and trees.

Flame-color sumacs: A new prostrate variety of squawbush (Rhus trilobata 'Autumn Amber', Zones 4-6) grows only 2-3 feet tall and has the same flaming yellow to red lobed leaves as its larger relative. For gardeners in slightly warmer areas, desert sumac (Rhus microphylla, Zones 6-9) forms a dense 6-foot-tall mound that makes an excellent deciduous hedge.

Mexican buckeye (Ungnadia speciosa, Zones 8-10): The compound leaves of this large shrub turn a brilliant yellow in fall and make a good backdrop for smaller plants. In spring, pink flowers emerge before the leaves. Mexican buckeye reaches a height of 15 feet with a similar spread. It is hardy to Zone 6. Mexican buckeye is available at nurseries specializing in native plants.


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