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.

USDA Updates Plant Hardiness Zone Map

For the first time in more than a decade, the USDA has updated its plant hardiness zone map. Here's how to find your new planting zone.

Top 10 Bizarre, Unusual and Weird Plants

Ordinary plants these are not! Walk on the botanical wild side with this top 10 list of unique-looking wacky and...


All About Witches’ Butter Fungus

Look for edible witches' butter fungus after heavy rains. This colorful fungus looks like bright yellow jelly emerging from dead...


6 Indoor Plant Hacks You Need to Start Doing Right Now

Try these easy reader-tested and approved indoor plant hacks, then sit back and watch your houseplants grow and thrive.


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Tips for Planting Grass Seed in Fall

You can plant grass seed anytime during the growing season, but doing so in fall takes advantage of cooler temperatures...

How to Improve Your Soil Quality Over the Winter

These easy ways to treat and improve your garden soil quality now and through winter will set you up for...


Essential Tips for Overwintering Potted Plants

Learn how to keep your favorite potted plants happy and healthy with these answers to the most commonly asked questions...

Winter Dormancy and Chilling for Plants

Shivering in the cold after the warm summer and fall? Be thankful for cold weather that evokes winter dormancy and...


If Your Plant Has Yellow Leaves With Green Veins, This Is What It Means

Does your plant have new yellow leaves with green veins? Learn how to test your soil, treat iron deficiency and...


14 Daffodil Facts You Need to Know

Find out how long daffodils bloom, how deep to plant daffodil bulbs, where to see a daffodil festival, and more...


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10 Perennials You Should Cut Back Every Fall (And 5 to Let Be)

Winterizing your garden includes trimming back some perennials and leaving others until spring. Our experts tell you what to do...

Wildflower Identification 101: How to Get Started

Wildflower identification can sound intimidating to a beginner—so many flowers, so many names. This Birds & Blooms reader found a...


Transform Your Landscape With a Rock Garden

Artful arrangements of boulders, pebbles and stones reshape any dull landscape into a rock garden that stands out and sings.


Tips for Deer Resistant Plants and Deer Deterrents

Deer may be adorable, but they can seriously damage your garden. Follow this advice to deter deer. Plus, find deer-resistant...


6 Gardening Tips and Tricks for Beginners

Veteran growers offer their best advice to those with budding green thumbs. Check out our best gardening tips and tricks...


Go Lawn Free: Plant a Prairie Garden

A no-mow landscape gives you way more time to kick back and relax in your backyard. Plant a prairie garden...

Aster Yellows Disease and Other Coneflower Problems

Learn how to spot the signs of aster yellows disease and how to treat it in your garden. Also find...


This Is What the Color of Your Garden Soil Means

For healthy plants, keep an eye on the soil color.


The Ultimate Guide to a Dog Friendly Backyard

Discover how to design a garden or landscape with dogs in mind. A dog friendly backyard keeps your furry pals...


Does a Lily Flower Have Special Meaning?

The lily flower meaning for floral arrangements can send a message of friendship, love and remembrance with their appearance and...


6 Fascinating Victory Garden Facts

From when they began to how many tons of food they produced, learn about a key piece of the American...


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How to Use Banana Water for Plants to Make Your Garden Flourish

The latest gardening craze has arrived: banana water for plants. Here's how to make a batch at home to help...


11 Genius Garden Hacks You’ll Want to Steal Immediately

Should you use eggshells in the garden? Readers offer their best garden hacks and tips for getting the most out...


13 Gardening Solutions and Remedies to Stop Doing

These common gardening solutions and backyard home remedies won't get you proven results. Here's why you should stop doing them!


10 Household Items to Repurpose for Gardening Bargains

Clean out your closets and repurpose your old or extra household items as helpful gardening bargains for your flower and...

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A Homeowner’s Guide to No Mow May

This spring, laziness pays off big for pollinators. Here's how to effectively and politely participate in No Mow May.


Does a Hydrangea Flower Have Special Meaning?

These flowering shrubs have been beloved by gardeners throughout history. Learn if hydrangeas have meaning and the message each color...


4 Ways to Use Coffee Grounds in the Garden

Perk up your plants! Learn how an expert says gardeners should use their leftover coffee grounds.


Gardening for Tough Northern and Southern Locations

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


4 Alternative Easy Gardening Methods You Should Try

New gardener? No sweat! Skip the stress with no-dig gardens that are good to grow. Gardening is easy with these...


Thyme Plants: Ornamental and Edible Herbs

A thyme plant isn't just a fragrant and edible herb. It is a versatile plant that adds beauty in many...