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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Landscape Ideas

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Flowering cherry

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Plant flowering cherries where they'll be visible through a window, then enjoy these garden centerpieces in all four seasons. Their graceful weeping branches are laden with pink confetti-like blooms in spring, and the satiny bark shines to best advantage when bare in winter. Many offer wonderful fall foliage to complete the beauty.

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Akebono Yoshino cherry
Akebono Yoshino cherry
Prunus x yedoense 'Akebono' is a queen of spring. Akebono Yoshino cherry is robed with masses of fragrant, double white to pink flowers. It has a spreading, arching crown and dark green leaves that turn brilliant yellow in fall. Zones 4-8
'Alba Plena' flowering almond
'Alba Plena' flowering almond
Prunus glandulosa 'Alba Plena' showcases double white flowers. It has a spreading habit and grows 3-5 feet tall and wide. Zones 5-9
Flowering almond
Flowering almond
Prunus triloba bursts into bloom in May with bold double pink flowers. It's usually grown as a shrub, through it can be pruned as a small tree. It grows 12 feet tall and wide. Zones 6-8
Flowering cherry
Flowering cherry
(Prunus x subhirtella) features pink or white flowers in spring and sometimes again in fall. It grows 25 feet tall and wide. Zones 6-8
Flowering cherry
Flowering cherry
(Prunus serrula) bears shiny, copper-colored bark and white flowers in mid-spring. The green foliage turns gold in fall. The tree grows 30 feet tall and wide. Zones 6-8
'Icicle' flowering peach
'Icicle' flowering peach
A late-flowering cultivar with bright white, double flowers, 'Icicle' is an eye-catching plant in bloom. Prune it regularly to maintain a pleasing form. Zone 6
Newport Cherry plum
Newport Cherry plum
(Prunus cerasifera 'Newport') bears attractive purple foliage and white flowers in spring. The plum-like fruit is edible. The tree grows 30 feet tall and wide and is native to areas of North America. Zones 5-9
Pink Star flowering cherry
Pink Star flowering cherry
Long-lasting vivid pink flowers dangle below the branches of this fast-growing cherry tree. The tree's long, arching branches give the plant a striking umbrella outline. Zone 5
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