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

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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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Butterfly Garden Plan

Create a lush island butterfly garden bed of flowers that will bring beautiful fluttering insects to your garden.

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Our free Planting Guide for this butterfly garden includes a larger version of the illustration, a detailed layout diagram, a list of plants for the garden as shown, a list of alternatives for each plant, and complete instructions for installing the garden. (Free, one-time registration allows unlimited access to Planting Guides for all garden plans.)

The stained-glass patterns of butterflies will add an extra dimension to this floral island butterfly garden bed, which bursts with perennial and annual flowers that are irresistible to these pretty creatures. A variety of blossoms offer nectar to adult butterflies, while leafy food sources, such as parsley, nourish the larvae. The one shrub in the butterfly garden design is commonly called "butterfly bush" for good reason -- it lures butterflies of all sorts. Rocks in this butterfly garden are convenient perches for butterflies to sun themselves, and a birdbath provides water. Butterflies are sun-loving creatures, as are the plants in this butterfly garden. Locate it where it receives six or more hours of sun daily. And remember: No pesticides are allowed in your butterfly garden.

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