The Dirt

Welcome to the spot for sound advice & expert how-to tips for making your garden the best it's ever been, from Better Homes & Gardens editor-in-chief Stephen Orr.

Create Your Dream Garden

How to Group Container Gardens
Play with flowers, foliage, and pots for a winning combination.
Best Fragrant Annual Flowers
You'll definitely want to stop and smell these blooms.
Create Beautiful Hanging Baskets
Hanging baskets can be as simple as choosing a single type of plant, or you can mix and match a variety of flowers for maximum impact. Use these easy plant-by-numbers recipes to put together the most beautiful hanging baskets in your neighborhood.
What to Prune When
Take the mystery out of trimming your trees, shrubs, and more.
Choose the Best Trees for Your Yard
They're a long-term commitment so make your selection carefully.
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Know the Basics

Grow the Most Gorgeous Perennials
Here's how to ensure your blooms look their best each season.
Secrets Every Beginner Should Know
Avoid the worst mistakes with these simple tips from Margaret Roach.

Maintain Your Landscape