Miniature Fairy 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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Best Plants for Attracting Birds in the Northeast

Welcome feathered friends to your backyard with these bird-friendly plants.

A family of Gray Catbirds squabbles noisily in their nest in a clump of elderberry bushes (Sambucus) out by the road. In the silvery branches of a serviceberry (Amelanchier) near the porch, a small flock of Cedar Waxwings swoops in to grab a few juicy purple berries before moving on to the blueberry bushes (Vaccinium). Chickadees and nuthatches hang from the branches of the tall, white spruce (Picea glauca) windbreak, picking insects from between the needles and prizing seeds from last winter's cones. Robins stuff their beaks with pagoda dogwood berries (Cornus alternifolia) and wild strawberries to feed their fledglings. Out in the garden, a vibrant goldfinch clings to the dried stem of a black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta), looking for seeds.

Click here for a tour of a beautiful Northeast garden.

Native plants do more than feed the birds; they're versatile and attractive landscape plants, too. Cornell University offers more bird-friendly tips and plant suggestions at birds.cornell.edu. Ready to take your landscape to the next level? Create a Certified Wildlife Habitat through the National Wildlife Foundation program, nwf.org.

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