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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Fall Veggies to Plant Now

Grow these cool-season vegetables and herbs to extend your garden's harvests in spring and fall. This list of vegetables includes seasonal vegetables, green vegetables, non-starchy vegetables, winter vegetables, green leafy vegetables, fall vegetables and more.

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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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Planting Plans Inspired by the White House Kitchen Garden

Grow a 4x12-foot version of the White House Kitchen Garden (designed by Better Homes and Gardens garden editors) on your own south (or east or west) lawn. All you need is a spot that gets six or more hours of sunshine each day.

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The White House Kitchen Garden consists of 34 raised beds that provide 1,500 square feet of growing room. Most of us don't have that kind of space to spare in our backyards. (But then, unlike the White House chefs, we don't feed the First Family, the West Wing staff, and visiting dignitaries!) That's why we've designed two plans for a 4x12-foot garden, equivalent to a three-season footprint of one raised bed in the White House Kitchen Garden.

Our garden plans feature vegetable and herb varieties are White House chef favorites. Most are time-tested heirlooms that aren't commonly sold in produce markets. All are chosen with an eye for ornamental value. Consideration is also given to space-saving traits. Vine crops (climbing peas and pole beans) are grown vertically on a 5-foot-tall trellis in the back of the bed.

Get instructions on building your own raised bed!

Cool-Season Garden Plan

Our cool-season garden features vegetables and herbs that thrive in the chillier weather of spring and fall. Sow seeds of lettuces, spinach, chard, peas, beets, and carrots directly in the soil as soon as the garden can be worked in early spring and again four to five weeks before the first average fall frost. Start seeds indoors of kale, broccoli, cauliflower, and onions four to five weeks before the last average spring frost and again in midsummer for a fall harvest. Thyme and chives are planted just once; these hardy perennial herbs come back year after year.

Warm-Season Garden Plan

Our warm-season garden features vegetables and herbs that need hot weather to flourish. Start seeds indoors of tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, dill, basil, sage, rosemary, and marigolds eight weeks before outdoor night temperatures are reliably above 50 degrees F. Transplant seedlings into the garden after all danger of frost is past. Sow seeds of beans and cucumbers directly in the soil after outdoor night temperatures are reliably above 50 degrees F and the soil is warm.


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