Test Garden Secrets

The Better Homes and Gardens Test Garden® is the best place to see the creativity, ingenuity, and skill of the Better Homes and Gardens editors. If you've never seen it in person, don't despair: The garden secrets learned in the Test Garden are yours to use in your own garden.

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Top 5 Power Perennials from the BHG Test Garden

The Better Homes & Gardens Test Garden tries out new varieties of favorite perennials every year to find out which ones will truly shine. Get a peek at our top picks that are sure to make a powerful statement in your garden with their eye-catching colors and textures, without needing a lot of maintenance.

Perennials the Test Garden Loves

The obvious reason we love perennials is that the plants can be enjoyed for years to come. Does your garden need an upgrade? Give it an updated look with these unique perennial varieties that you don't see every day.

Shade Garden Secrets from the BH&G Test Garden

Shade gardening takes some planning, and with the right knowledge, you can have a shade garden comparable to your sunniest space. Make the most of shady areas with these tips straight from the BH&G Test Garden.

Deer and Rabbit-Resistant Container Garden

Filled with ornamental peppers, dusty millers, marigolds, and euphorbia, this pest-proof container garden can be safely kept on your front porch or beside your own garden.
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More Test Garden Secrets

Fall Gardening Lessons from Our Test Garden

Autumn can be an exciting time in your garden if you apply any of these tips from the Better Homes and Gardens Test Garden.

Winter Landscape Tips from the Test Garden

Is your garden as attractive in the snow as it is in the summer? If not, follow these ideas and examples from our Test Garden manager Sandra Gerdes.