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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One of the first trees to flower in spring, redbud is eye candy in every season. Necklaces of tiny flowers garland the bare branches in spring. The open, rounded tree canopy provides shade in summer. In fall, the heart-shape leaves turn gold and orange, creating multicolored puddles as they drop. The long, beanlike seedpods persist through the winter. Redbuds thrive in moist soil, especially when young, but will tolerate a variety of soils and drier conditions once established. If you treat your lawn with herbicides, avoid growing a redbud as a lawn tree. Weeping, white-flowered, and purple-leaf redbuds are available for special effects.


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'Forest Pansy' redbud
'Forest Pansy' redbud
Cercis canadensis 'Forest Pansy' offers pink flowers and rich purple foliage in spring that fades to deep green in summer. It grows 30 feet tall and wide. Zones 6-9
Judas tree
Judas tree
Cercis siliquastrum, a 15- to 25-foot-tall tree, has heart-shape leaves that emerge a rich bronze color and turn reddish purple and finally dark green with age. It is adorned with breathtaking clusters of maroon flowers in spring. Zones 6-10
Cercis canadensis bears pink flowers before it leafs out in spring. It grows 30 feet tall and wide. Zones 5-9
The Rising Sun redbud
The Rising Sun redbud
Cercis canadensis 'JN2' is an exciting dwarf selection that offers pink springtime flowers and marmalade-orange new growth that fades to chartreuse before maturing to blue-green. It grows 12 feet tall and wide. Zones 5-9
Western redbud
Western redbud
Cercis occidentalis, a native of the West Coast, is hardy to about 20 degrees F. Its flowers decorate leafless branches in spring just as Eastern redbud (Cercis canadensis) does. Western redbud grows 10-20 feet tall. Zones 8-10

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