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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Summer Checklist

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Drought-Tolerant Grasses

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Top Shade Perennials

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Landscape Ideas

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Potentilla

Potentilla

Crisp, neat foliage and charming flowers that resemble anemones, in a broad color range, ensure that potentilla always has something going in the garden. Flowers bloom over a long period of time from late spring to autumn. When the leaves drop in fall, a reddish peeling bark is revealed. Good drainage is a must, and all potentillas prefer full sun.

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Abbotswood potentilla
Abbotswood potentilla
(Potentilla fruticosa 'Abbotswood') bears white flowers and blue-green foliage on a shrub that grows 3 feet tall and 4 feet wide. Zones 3-7
Daydawn potentilla
Daydawn potentilla
(Potentilla fruticosa 'Daydawn') bears soft-yellow flowers suffused with pink on a compact, 4-foot-tall-and-wide shrub. Zones 3-7
Klondike potentilla
Klondike potentilla
(Potentilla fruticosa 'Klondike') is a sunny presence in the garden. It combines bright green leaves and yellow flowers and grows 3 feet tall and 5 feet wide. Zones 3-7
McKay's White potentilla
McKay's White potentilla
(Potentilla fruticosa 'McKay's White') offers pristine white flowers with showy gold stamens scattered on the plant through the summer. It grows 3 feet tall and 5 feet wide. Zones 3-7
Sunset potentilla
Sunset potentilla
(Potentilla fruticosa 'Sunset') bears apricot blooms that lighten to yellow; the color fades in strong sun. The shrub grows 3 feet tall and wide. Zones 3-7
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