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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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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Best Plants for Fall Color in the South

You can achieve great fall color in Southeastern gardens with these spectacular plants.

Sand dunes. Cypress swamps. Granite. Outcroppings. Unlikely homes of incredible fall color in the South. People say we have no color, but I know where to look and what to plant for spectacular mosaics that come in when fall days dip into the chilly 60s.

A potted dwarf tree brings the woods to the garden. Bald cypress (Taxodium 'Peve Minaret') turns to honey suede in early October. Sweetgum (Liquidambar 'Oconee') makes star-shape leaves of russet and tangerine in mid-November. At the edge of the yard, a pawpaw patch (Asimina triloba) slings 8-inch-long banana fruits that hold color when they fall to the ground at first frost.

And one more small tree, sumac (Rhus). Its canopy is open so you can plant perennials with it, under it, in it. I believe in planting two things in the same hole. Get a sumac and underplant it. The branches make great structure for sprawly perennials, vines, and even other shrubs. I want to plant a sumac winter calendar: I'd buy a dozen one-gallon sumacs, and plant with each, in the same hole, one of the following cool-season plants.

-- Mid-October: Sabal minor -- Charleston green, black fruits on 8-foot-tall stems.

-- Late October: Floppy Cuphea micropetala -- they call it candy corn flower.

-- Early November: Mahonia 'Winter Sun' -- deep evergreen, full of golden flowers.

-- Thanksgiving: Cassia marilandica -- a flower canopy to stand under.

-- Christmas: Opuntia 'Morning Star' -- hands-down, the best, fastest-growing, groundcover cactus.

-- New Year's: Jasminum 'SunGlow' -- yellow leaves in fall, yellow spring flowers.


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