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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Flowers that Hold Up to Summer Heat in the Northwest

Plants that take summer heat in stride freshen our gardens even when we feel like sitting in the shade with a glass of iced tea. Look to the following collection to put on a great summer show.

Chitalpa

Chitalpa (x Chitalpa tashkentensis) is a cross between two attractive flowering trees: Southern catalpa (Catalpa bignonioides) and Southwestern desert willow (Chilopsis linearis). The variety 'Pink Dawn' grows into a small, drought-resistant round-headed tree. It blooms for several months in summer and autumn with spikes of light pink, foxglovelike flowers.

Hebe

Hebe species and cultivars from New Zealand have staged a friendly invasion into mild-winter Northwest gardens. These evergreen shrubs shine in full-sun situations.

Groundcover Hebe pinguifolia 'Pagei' has silver-gray leaves and white flowers; it grows only 9 inches high. 'Wiri Charm' has magenta flowers. 'Great Orme' sports pink-and-white flowers on a 5-foot-high shrub. 'Amy' (shown here) offers violet-purple flowers over burgundy-purple foliage.

Penstemon

There are more varieties of penstemon than you can shake a stick at. Many are native to the Southwest and Midwest, where summer heat is abundant. Garden hybrids grow into round shrubs up to 3 feet tall. Their wide, tubular flowers appear all summer. Tidy their appearance by cutting back spent flower stems to new growth that appears in the leaf axil. In spring, cut back to a 6-inch stem structure. Note: Heat-tolerant penstemons also tolerate drought, deer, and rabbits with ease. Most, however, fail in clay soil.

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