Miniature Fairy Garden

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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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How to Read a Plant Tag

Plant tags are full of information to help you make the best choice at your garden center or nursery.

What You Need to Know

Take the time to examine plant tags and learn about the specific requirements of the plants they accompany. Using symbols and pictures, growers pack as many facts and details as possible onto the small plastic tag -- to help you successfully grow and nurture your plants.

Front of the Tag: Typically, the front of a tag lists the plant's common and scientific names and summarizes key information about it. An accompanying close-up color photo usually shows the plant's flowers and foliage as they appear at maturity. Once in a while, the photo shows the entire plant in a garden setting to help you judge its relative size and potential use in your yard. Symbols on the tag give size information, as well as sun, soil, and water requirements. And you might find desirable features, listed as bulleted phrases.

Back of the tag: The reverse side of the tag is usually devoted to more specific details on how to transplant and care for the plant -- especially critical to the survival of perennials, trees, and shrubs.

What to do with tags after planting: The tags that accompany plants you buy will be a valuable reference over many seasons as the plants grow and bloom. Save, date, and store the tags somewhere handy.

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