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

Best Fragrant Annual Flowers

Plant annual fragrant flowers where you can easily snip them for floral arrangements, or grow them near a window to let their scents waft to you.
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Create Beautiful Hanging Baskets

Hanging baskets can be as simple as 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.
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Choose the Best Trees for Your Yard

Because trees can live for decades—centuries in some cases—it's important to match the tree to the correct site. Here's how to select a tree that will fit your zone and landscaping.
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Know the Basics

Secrets Every Beginner Should Know

Margaret Roach has learned plenty during her 30 years of planting. With the rerelease of her seminal book, A Way to Garden, she shares her advice for beginners.
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Maintain Your Landscape


Mulch Must-Knows

The right choice can make all the difference.