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 Plants for Butterflies for the Northwest

Attract butterflies to your yard with these easy-care plants.

Attracting butterflies to your garden is a romantic notion, and one that is as good for the environment as for the health of your garden. To successfully lure these beauties, however, you need plants to feed caterpillars as well as the mature butterflies they'll turn into. This means putting up with some chewed leaves for the later benefit of butterflies flitting about and sipping nectar. There are a few plants that meet both the food needs of caterpillars and the nectar needs of butterflies. Ceanothus species, which are evergreen, blue-flowering groundcovers and shrubs, are beloved by butterflies at all stages of their life span. Provide a warm, sheltered spot and perfect drainage, and Ceanothus are easy-care plants. Our native flowering currant (Ribes sanguineum) blooms in March, and also meets the needs of caterpillars and butterflies, as well as being an early food source for overwintering hummingbirds. The Woodland Park Zoological Gardens in Seattle has a popular butterfly exhibit that features a demonstration garden filled with a variety of plants for nurturing butterflies in Northwest gardens.

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