10 Ways to Conquer Your Fear of Gardening

You might not believe it, but you were born with a green thumb. It may have gone untended for a while, but it's there waiting for you to nudge it awake. Put away your theory of being a plant killer, that anything dies under your care. Forget those nagging thoughts of where your garden will live or when you'll find the time, it's there somewhere. It doesn't have to cost a fortune and you'll get more than you give. So, here are 10 tips for conquering your fear of gardening:

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Gardening Tips for Renters

Want to bring more green to your house or apartment? Using a few easy, inexpensive techniques, <a href="http://www.thehorticult.com/">The Horticult</a> shows how you can garden like you own the place -- without risking your security deposit. You don't have to own your home to create a garden that reflects your personal style. Grow your favorite plants and create an inspired landscape -- or patio, interior, or balcony -- using these fun, low-commitment methods. (Although you might want to check with your landlord about the larger projects!) And if you move, you can take it all with you. These 10 tips for renters will give your garden a new lease on life.

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Summer 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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Drought-Tolerant Grasses

Drought! The word itself strikes fear into the hearts of gardeners everywhere. Scarce water resources, especially in hard hit areas such as California and Texas, are making it almost impossible to maintain traditional style lawns. That's why many people are replacing their lawns with groundcovers and native plants. But for those who want a lush green lawn, here are some less-thirsty options.

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How to Improve Garden Soil

Many homeowners inherit bad garden soil ¿ but you don¿t have to live with it! Learn how to get the best garden soil possible through amendments, composting, and more.

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Top Shade Perennials

Shade plants are perfect for those tough spots in your yard. Learn about the best shade-loving perennials, including flowering shade perennials, partial shade perennials, and full-shade perennials.

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Landscape Ideas

Landscape ideas provide inspiration, and studies show that upgrading your landscape will add value to your home. Here are some great landscape ideas to improve your home's outward appeal.

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Shade Garden Plans

Under a tree or beside a building: Those tough shady spots in your landscape take planning to plant, but they reward with interesting foliage and distinctive color. Shade-garden plans -- including our surefire layouts -- beautify those spots, as well as take the work and worry out your garden. If you're new to shade, try our beginner's plan. Foliage plants with large, colorful leaves, such as these shade-focused arrangements, work well in both container gardens and garden beds. Take hostas: They are a fantastic way to add color and texture to your garden; our plans offer a wide variety of these shade-loving standbys. Hostas work well with a range of shade-loving perennials such as bleeding heart and hellebore; use our shade-ready plan to add color to a sun-starved spot in your yard. Many annuals love shade, too, and you can create a whole garden with them using our selection of foolproof plants. Some shrubs also do well in shade; combine them with perennials to fill your yard with pretty hues in spring, summer, and fall.

Garden Plans for Shady Spots

Add beautiful color to shady spots in your yard with these garden plans.

Bold and Bright Foundation Garden Plan

Layer plants in a small space to transform a narrow foundation planting into a...

Beginner Garden for Shade

Now, anyone can enjoy a perennial shade garden with our selection of foolproof...

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Team a lovely garden with mature trees and create a cool, shaded area.

Bold Woodland Garden Plan

Add a bright dose of color to a spot under a canopy of tree leaves.

Easy-Care Summer-Blooming Shade Garden Plan

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Garden Plan for Partial Shade

This garden plan combines easy, adaptable plants to add color to spots that...

Soft-Color Shade Garden Plan

This informal perennial garden bed combines attractive leaves and softly...

Small-Space Shade Garden Plan

Fill an area beneath a shade tree with this charming garden.

How to Plan a Garden

Design a beautiful garden or landscape with our garden-planning tips.

Shade-Loving Container Garden Plan

Brighten a shady spot by grouping an assortment of potted plants underneath a...

No-Fuss Shade Garden Plan

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Cold-Climate Shade Garden Plan

Use these hardy perennials to add color to shady spots in your landscape.

Hosta-Filled Shade Garden

Create a beautiful, low-maintenance shade garden that's full of texture from...

Lush Woodland Garden Plan

Combine these easy-growing plants to fill your shade garden with texture sprin...

Colorful Foliage Garden Plan

Great container gardens don't have to be floriferous. This garden plan uses...

Shady Foliage Garden Plan

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Spring Shade Border

Select six gorgeous plants for that perfect shady spot.

Small-Space Shade Garden Plan for the South

Put on a big show in a small space with this garden plan.

Shady Birdbath Garden Plan

Give your birdbath a colorful skirt of beautiful shade-loving flowers.

Bold Shade Garden

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Large, Southern Shade Garden Plan

Dress up the area around your mailbox with this expansive plan of easy-growing...

Shady Garden

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Annual Garden for Shade

Brighten shady spots in your garden with these easy and reliable annuals.

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