Miniature Fairy Garden

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The Best Drought-Tolerant Perennials

When summer heat kicks in, rely on these drought-tolerant plants to hold their own -- and still look beautiful.

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Heat-Loving Container-Garden Plants

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Summer Garden Maintenance Checklist

Summer is a gardener¿s busiest season. If you¿re short on time or not sure what to do, follow this easy summer gardening checklist to keep your lawn and garden in great shape all season long.

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Throw a Garden Party

Greet the season with friends, flowers, and ice cream floats! Featuring pretty paper blooms and a blushing peach punch, this lovely garden gathering will have you celebrating summer in style.

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Creating Succulent Containers

Succulent gardens are low maintenance and make great container gardens -- they can withstand heat, neglect, and direct sunlight. Learn tips and tricks to create a gorgeous succulent container garden.

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Herbs in the Garden

For thousands of years, herbs have been enjoyed for their benefits -- as medicines, food, dyes, and insect repellents.

Thyme

Thyme is a Mediterranean herb that thrives in poor soil. Here, five types, including the variegated lemon thyme, are growing together. Using pebbles as mulch keeps the crown from rotting.

Discover even more ways to add edible landscaping to your garden.

Calendula

Calendula is also known as pot marigold or poor man's saffron. The flower petals, when chopped and added to rice or potatoes, add a bright yellow color and a flavor reminiscent of costly saffron.

Lavender

Lavender is cherished for the clean scent of its flowers and leaves. The grayish evergreen leaves are attractive any time of year.

Sage

Sage, long believed to imbue wisdom, is essential seasoning for turkey stuffing. It is semievergreen with gray-green leaves. Yellow 'Icterina' is pictured here.

Herb vinegars make delicious non-fat salad dressings.

Herb vinegars are easy to make. Place culinary herb leaves (or edible flowers) in a clean bottle. Fill with a good-quality white wine vinegar. Let it infuse for several weeks. Sunlight will fade its color.

You can grow your favorite herbs in a windowbox, indoors our out.

Window boxes are perfect for growing a variety of culinary herbs close to the kitchen. Plant herbs with similar soil preferences together in one box.

Add a touch of nature to any table.

Containers of freshly cut herbs make lovely centerpieces or aromatic table arrangements. Let rosemary and lavender dry naturally; put others in water.

When planning a garden, it is helpful to know which herbs are perennial and which are annual.

Annual Herbs

  • Basil
  • Borage*
  • Calendula*
  • Cilantro*
  • Dill
  • Parsley

Perennial Herbs

  • Beebalm
  • Chives
  • Fennel*
  • Hyssop
  • Lavender
  • Lemon balm
  • Marjoram
  • Mints
  • Oregano
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Savory (summer winter)
  • Tarragon
  • Thyme

*Reseeds readily

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