Miniature Fairy Garden

Combining drought-tolerant succulents, Cotswold cottages, and elevated beds will lend easy inspection of the wee landscaping of a miniature 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 Fall Flowers for the Northwest

These eye-catching plants add drama to Northwest gardens as the weather grows colder.

While we don't have the intense blaze of fall color the Northeast is famous for, our mild autumn weather carries on from mid-September through Thanksgiving. Brilliant color, berries, and flowers last for many weeks, with sourwood (Oxydendrum arboretum), Japanese maples (Acer palmatum), and burning bush (Euonymus alatus) blazing orange and scarlet against dark autumn skies.

Helenium autumnale in shades of gold and copper; sky-blue Salvia uliginosa; and willowy Boltonia asteroides 'Snowbank' with its bright white, daisylike flowers keep the garden blooming through October.

For maximum impact, combine these beauties with Japanese bloodgrass (Imperata cylindrical 'Rubra'), orange Chinese lanterns (Physalis alkekengi), and dwarf plumbago (Ceratostigma plumbaginoides), a groundcover with brilliant blue flowers set off by plum-colored leaves.

Try mixing in a few berry plants, such as our native snowberry (Symphoricarpos albus), the pretty little shrub Pernettya mucronata, beautyberry (Callicarpa selections), and blue flax lily (Dianella caerulea), an Australian perennial with stunning purple fruits, and your garden will keep on luring you outside until the first hard frost of winter.

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