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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USDA Hardiness Zone Map

Use this map to find your USDA Hardiness Zone, a great guide to help you select plants that will thrive in your yard and planting zone.

Know Your Planting Zone

Creating an attractive garden means more than coordinating colors and selecting eye-catching varieties. Aesthetics don't mean much if your gardening zone's weather conditions wilt, freeze, or decay tender plants.

Climate maps or planting zone maps, such as the United States Department of Agriculture Hardiness Zone map, show low-temperature extremes by gardening Zone. Choose plants best adapted to your planting Zone and plant them at the right time to increase your chance of success.

Use climate zone maps as a general guide; many microclimates may exist within a 1-mile radius of your home's gardening zones. Even within your yard's climate zone, variations in exposure and topography can affect plants.

In 2012, the USDA updated the climate zone map with newer data and increased technologies. Using the USDA Web site, you can now access an interactive planting zone map that lets you zoom into an area and view changes in Zones by half-mile increments.

Download a Map of Your Area

Find your state from the list below to download a larger climate zone map that shows more detail of the gardening Zones in your state. (Free, one-time registration required for non-BHG.com members.)

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