Gardening Basics

New to gardening? In the market for easy gardening tips? We're sharing all of the gardening basics you'll need to turn your backyard into a stunner.

Gardening for Wildlife | Birds & Blooms

Gardening for Wildlife

The Certified Wildlife Habitat program from the National Wildlife
Federation has a new name: Garden for Wildlife. The program’s mission is the
same—providing food, water, shelter and places to raise young for birds and wildlife.
See how you can get involved.

Starting Seeds Indoors Thinning

Blog: How to Start Seeds Indoors

Starting seeds indoors can help you get a jump-start on spring! Learn what you need and get tips for successful seed starting here.

Missouri Botanical Garden

The Best Public Gardens in the U.S.

From coast to coast, we’ve compiled a list of some of the best public gardens in the U.S. Be sure to add these beauties to your travel bucket list!

Basics of Gardening in Winter: Windowsill Gardening

Basics of Windowsill Gardening

Don’t put your trowel down yet! From reader tips to the do’s and don’t of windowsill gardening, we’re sharing the basics of gardening in winter.

33 Tips for Farmers Markets | Birds & Blooms

33 Tips for Farmers Markets

This helpful farmers market guide provides you with 33 of the best tips, hints and tricks for making the most of your local veggie stand.

How to Dry Fruit

How to Dry Fruit For All Seasons

Harvest seasonal fruits this summer and preserve the flavor for months! We’ll show you how to dry fruit from your garden with these three simple steps.

Will Allen is the CEO and founder of Growing Power—the last working farm inside Milwaukee city limits. Get basic gardening tips from this prestigious award-winner.

Basic Gardening Tips From Growing Power

Will Allen is the CEO and founder of Growing Power—the last working farm inside Milwaukee city limits. Get basic gardening tips from this prestigious award-winner.

Recycled Garden Idea: Make a doormat with old garden hoses!

28 Recycled Garden Ideas

Everyone loves a bargain, but gardeners are an especially resourceful bunch. Reuse odds and ends (you may already have around the house) with these recycled garden ideas!

Container Ideas: If you’re using a container “recipe,” just switch out one of the annuals in the diagram for a perennial instead.

Container Ideas: Perennials in Pots

From the bucks you’ll save to the boundless array of container ideas you can choose from, benefits abound when you plant perennials in pots.

Top 10 Year-Round Perennials: Coneflower

Top 10 Year-Round Perennials

Want a garden that’s beautiful all year long? It’s possible with these backyard gardening picks for year-round perennials.

Top 10 Bizarre Plants: Polka dot begonia

Top 10 Bizarre Plants

Garden basics this are not! Walk on the wild side with these weird and wonderful bizarre plants.

Top 10 New Plants for 2014

Top 10 New Plants for 2014

It’s time to celebrate! The garden world is abuzz over this year’s arrivals, and we’re sharing our list of top 10 new plants for 2014.

Top 10 Plants for Sandy Soil: Gazania

Top 10 Plants for Sandy Soil

Since water runs right through sandy soil, the growing conditions are rather dry, even if the area gets a lot of rain. These 10 plants for sandy soil don’t seem to mind.

Top 10 Plants for Clay Soil: Japanese Iris

Top 10 Plants for Clay Soil

Slow-draining clay soil makes life difficult for many plants. Not to worry: these 10 plants for clay soil thrive in it.

Gardening with Ornamental Grasses: Pampas Grass

Gardening with Ornamental Grasses

Low-maintenance and versatile, gardening with ornamental grasses is a great way to show off the grass in your yard as more than a tidy green carpet. With this comprehensive list of our top picks, growing ornamental grasses has never been easier!

Grand Ground Cover Ideas: Lambs' Ear

Grand Ground Cover Ideas

Capitalize on every inch of your garden with these ground cover ideas to fill otherwise empty areas. Whether you’re working with sun or shade conditions, this basic gardening list features 12 of our ground cover favorites.

Winter Gardening: Nine Striking Plant Ideas

Winter Gardening: Striking Plant Ideas

Just because temperatures drop off late in the year doesn’t mean winter gardening has to follow suit. With these striking plants, winter blooming flowers, and some gardening basics, you can boost texture and add hints of color to your yard.

Easy Gardening

Easy Gardening for Tough Locations

Living in the far north or south can make for tough growing conditions, but we’ve got tips for easy gardening in these tricky spots.

Basic Gardening Myths

Basic Gardening Myths Dispelled

Basic gardening advice is available everywhere you look, but not all of it is right. Learn more from the authors of Decoding Gardening Advice.

Overwintering

Overwintering Potted Plants

Learn how to keep your favorite potted plants with these answers to the most-asked questions about overwintering.

Purple coneflowers are a great native for most areas.

Native Plants

Get back to your basic gardening roots by understanding native plants.

How to Dry Herbs

How to Dry Herbs

Drying herbs helps preserve summer’s abundance for the dark days of winter. Learn how to dry herbs here.

DIY Compost Bin

DIY Compost Bin

Learn how to compost, and you’ll be amazed at how easy it really is. Build this DIY compost bin and get started!

How to Prune

How to Prune

Pruning shrubs, trees and vines establishes a stronger framework, improves growth, removes diseased or damaged branches, and improves color, flowering and fruit production.

Grapefruit Tree

Cheat Your Climate

As gardeners, we can be romantic, irrational and headstrong. If we lose our heads to a certain plant, there’s no stopping us. It might be a plant we fell in love with while on a Hawaiian vacation or the pages of a gardening book. We have to have it! And the quest is on…to get the plant and grow it well.

Taking a Cutting

How to Grow Plants from Cuttings

Taking cuttings is a great way to expand—or share—the beauty of any garden. Perhaps you’d like to preserve a flower with family history, increase your collection of favorite blooms or reproduce that hard-to-find plant.

Dividing Perennials

How to Divide Perennials

Our step-by-step instructions teach you how to divide perennials to give them new life in the garden.

Purple Coneflowers

Free Plants

The only thing better than a healthy and beautiful plant in your garden is a free healthy and beautiful plant. It’s easy to spend over $100 at a greenhouse or nursery. But you don’t have to shell out big bucks to get big results.

Compost Bin

Composting

Start composting with these easy gardening tips.

Cardboard Gardening

Cardboard Gardening

With this eco-friendly, free and easy gardening method, you’ll have a better garden in just a few weeks.