How to Get Blue Hydrangeas

If you love blue flowers (and who doesn't?), one of the most popular must-have plants for your garden is hydrangea. These versatile shrubs produce giant ball-shape flowers that look stunning in the landscape surrounding your home, as specimen plants in your garden, and make gorgeous (and easy!) bouquets.

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Flowering Perennials from Spring to Fall

Turn your garden into a color show spring through fall. Here are 17 easy-to-grow flowering perennials.

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Garden Pictures That Inspire

Garden pictures can provide inspiration. Browse our gallery of garden pictures, including landscape garden pictures, to find the picture of a garden that will give you your perfect landscape.

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Growing Lilies and Daylilies in Your Garden

Daylilies and lilies are two big-impact, easy-to-grow plants for your summer garden.

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How to Grow Potatoes

Growing potatoes is easy, and you'll find the taste of homegrown potatoes much better than that of store-bought versions. You can grow potatoes in just a few easy steps. Learn how to grow potatoes, as well as how to harvest them for maximum flavor.

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Urban Gardens

Living in a space-challenged urban environment shouldn't stop you from enjoying fresh air. Check out these great ideas from some amazing city landscapes.

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How to Get Beautiful Texture in Your Garden

Add beauty and texture to your garden with leafy and flowering perennials, annuals, and grasses.

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Weekend Project: Make and Use Compost

Turn grass clippings and kitchen scraps into a gardener's dream soil.

Making compost is one of the smartest, most productive things you can do as a gardener. You'll turn yard and kitchen waste into rich, organic matter that's a valuable soil amendment for your garden and yard. You'll also reduce your garbage output, and help meet widespread restrictions now imposed for landfills. Contrary to common thought, a compost pile doesn't smell bad, attract pests, or create an eyesore.

As a natural process, compost happens when vegetative waste decomposes within weeks into fertile humus. Start by layering leaves, grass clippings, weeds, kitchen scraps (no meat, bones, or fat) and topsoil in a bin made for composting or in a pile on the ground. Water the pile if it is dry and doesn't decompose. Add leaves if it is too wet or starts to smell sour. Turn the pile once a season to speed decomposition.

Use compost in beds: Use rich, fertile compost as food for your garden's soil, to improve drainage and support healthy plant growth. Simply shovel the compost into garden beds and work it into the soil, using a garden rake. If you're lucky enough to make loads of compost -- or have access to a municipal source -- add wheelbarrows full of it to your garden each spring and fall. You'll build your soil's fertility as well as its water holding capacity.

Improve your soil: When building new beds or preparing a garden for planting, first work compost into the soil. Spread 2- to 4-inch layer of compost on the dry garden soil and till it in. Sprinkle compost on the lawn to feed it, too.

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