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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Landscape Ideas

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Trumpet vine

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Plant a trumpet vine and you're sure to have hummingbirds visiting your yard in summer. But that's not the only reason to have it; trumpet vine is ultraeasy to grow and quickly covers walls, fences, or other structures with a curtain of green leaves and bright flowers. It's native to areas of North America, too.

Note: Because of its fast growth, many gardeners consider it invasive; runners under the ground can pop up several feet from the main stem.

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Common trumpet vine
Common trumpet vine
Campsis radicans is the wild form with orange flowers all summer and into fall. Zones 5-9
'Mme. Galen' trumpet vine
'Mme. Galen' trumpet vine
Campsis 'Mme. Galen' bears large clusters of orange-red blooms on a vigorous plant. Zones 5-9
Summer Snowfall trumpet vine
Summer Snowfall trumpet vine
Campsis 'Takarazuka Variegated' offers clusters of orange-red trumpet-shape blooms and white-splashed foliage. Zones 5-9
Yellow trumpet vine
Yellow trumpet vine
Campsis radicans f. flava bears lots of golden-yellow blooms against dark green foliage. It climbs to 30 feet or more. Zones 5-9
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