How to Pick a Tree to Plant

Use our tips to select the best tree at your local garden center or nursery.

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4-Step Outdoor Fall Window Box

Plant a beautiful outdoor fall display in four easy steps. Our editor shows you how to combine fall flowers and seasonal gourds to create a stunning window box (Hint: It looks great from inside the house, too!).

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Fall Tree Care

Get tips for preparing your trees for winter.

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Fall Garden Checklist

Get your yard ready for winter with these easy tasks.

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How to Plant Spring Bulbs

Plant spring-blooming bulbs in fall. Here┬┐s how!

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How to Deal with Fall Leaves

Make getting rid of fall leaves easy with these tips.

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Mums in the Fall Garden

Browse stunning types of mums, and see creative ways to incorporate mums into your fall landscape.

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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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