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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Heat-Tolerant Plants for the Northeast

Like July fireworks, perennial borders burst into color in midsummer heat. Venture out in the cool morning hours to pick a bouquet of these cottage garden favorites that relish the long, sultry days. Mix and match for knockout displays, indoors or out.

Shasta Daisy

Shasta daisy (Leucanthemum x superbum) is a garden standard. Who doesn't love those cheery white flowers that are perfect for bouquets?

There are many Shasta daisy varieties available. 'Becky', one of the most common, won the 2003 Perennial Plant of the Year award for its flawless white blooms with buttery-yellow centers on 3-foot-tall stems. For smaller gardens, try 'Snowcap', a more compact variety, or frilly petaled 'Old Court'.
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It's tough to beat perennial salvia's performance in the garden. Offering a stunning display of blue, purple, pink, red, or white blooms, most salvias are exceptionally easy to grow and resist deer and rabbits.

Salvia 'Caradonna' or 'East Friesland' offer spiky texture and a royal blue-purple color. Their vibrant flowers are smashing in fresh and dried bouquets and are perfect for attacting butterflies.
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Yarrow (Achillea) is an all-around outstanding perennial. It offers attractive flowers in a wide range of colors (red, orange, yellow, white, pink), it holds up to heat and drought, butterflies love it, and deer and rabbits choose other morsels to eat. Yarrow is an ideal cut flower, as well.

Yarrow pairs well with just about anything. Red-flowering 'Pomegranate' and golden 'Coronation Gold' are butterfly magnets.
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Blanket Flower

Blanket flower (Gaillardia) offers nonstop flowers for months, withstanding the first fall frosts. This North American native holds up like a champ to heat and drought conditions and is barely bothered by deer and rabbits (though it's almost always visited by butterflies).

The hybrid 'Oranges and Lemons' is a favorite for summer. 'Mesa Yellow' offers clear golden-yellow blooms; 'Goblin' is a compact selection that has red flowers boldly marked with yellow.
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North American-native penstemons give an all-American display when you plant scarlet-red hybrids, such as 'Fireworks' or 'Rubycunda'. The blooms are guaranteed to entice hummingbirds. Note: Be sure to give penstemons good drainage; most sulk in clay and are short-lived. They perform better in hot, dry spots.


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