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 Fragrant Flowers for the Midwest

Here are a few surefire ways to add sweet scents to your Midwest garden.

Fragrant flowers can stop you in your tracks in a spring garden, but be sure to cut a few blooms for the house, too -- they smell even better in a vase on your desk or the kitchen table. Here are some of my favorites:

Peonies (Paeonia selections) bloom profusely in cool Midwestern springs. Their frilly flowers may smell like honey or roses; some gardeners say they have a hint of talcum powder.

Get more information on peonies.

Check out our beautiful slideshow of top peony varieties.

Lilacs (Syringa vulgaris) have a heady, long-ago fragrance; they bloom in late April in Kansas City, and if the days are cool the flowers last for weeks. Little Syringa 'Miss Kim' blooms later, on more compact plants.

Learn more about dwarf, reblooming Bloomerang lilac.

Learn more about lilacs.

Discover some of the top varieties of lilac.

Clove currant (Ribes odoratum) is covered with tiny, yellow, heavily clove-scented flowers in mid-spring. The foliage, which looks a bit like parsley, turns bright yellow in fall. Give this suckering native shrub room to grow.

Basil and parsley are my favorite fragrant herbs; I plant them among the flowers and pinch hem every time I walk by.

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