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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Heat-Tolerant Plants for the South

Summertime in the South is a great time to take a break from gardening chores and enjoy the bounty of your labor -- perhaps by gazing out the picture window from the comfort of your air-conditioned home. You might still have to do a bit of weeding, but here are a few plants you won't have to venture outside to water.


Candytuft (Iberis sempervirens) fits into the category of "looks delicate but is actually tough as nails." This evergreen subshrub grows about a foot tall, making it a wonderful edge plant. Its tiny leaves and profusion of small, white flower clusters that appear in late spring and continue sporadically through summer will soften retaining walls and pathways.

For a splash of color, look for a newer selection called Absolutely Amethyst.
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Yarrow (Achillea spp.) has hundreds of cultivars available besides the familiar form with lacy foliage and golden flat-top blooms, each one with a different habit, hardiness, and color. All hold up to heat and drought, as well as deer and bunnies. Plus, butterflies love the flowers!

For summer, consider the cool-pink blooms of 'Cerise Queen' or 'Pink Grapefruit'.
Learn more about yarrow.


Plumbago auriculata (also called leadwort) makes you feel cooler just by looking at it. This low, shrubby plant with small sky-blue flowers is grown as an evergreen in Zones 9-10, but works well as an annual in colder Zones.

There's also a pure-white flowering version that looks beautiful planted with anything.


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