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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Soil

When soil is good, plants thrive, but when soil is bad -- well, fortunately, it can be fixed. To do that, you first have to understand what goes into soil, why soil can be difficult, and how to transform it into a growing medium that allows your plants to flourish. First, test your soil; that will determine what your soil has enough of and what it's lacking. Many homeowners have great soil to start with, while others are faced with soil that's too sandy or has too much clay. Amendments can help, including compost, manure, and peat; we offer a guide to how much to work in and how you can change your poor soil into great dirt. Even good soil can benefit from a few additions, including supplemental nutrients; here's how to achieve the best balance and give your plants the best growing conditions possible. While you can amend clay soil, you can also work with what you have by choosing plants that are more tolerant of this type of growing medium. Start with our recommendations of 25 beautiful plants that offer color and texture in the often slippery, solid soil that is clay.

Top Plants that Thrive in Clay

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Create Rich Soil for Your Garden

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Improving Clay Soil

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Give Your Soil What It Needs

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3 Top Summer Garden Gloves Reviewed

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