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.

Sedge (Carex) Plant Growing Guide

Sedges (Carex) are grass-like perennials grown for their foliage. Very versatile, sedge plants can be used in containers or as ground covers.

Identify and Get Rid of Poison Ivy, Oak and Sumac

Poison ivy, oak, and sumac can cause major irritation. Learn how to identify these bothersome plants — and how to...


Are Snow-on-the-Mountain Plants Invasive?

Snow-on-the-mountain, also known as bishops weed or goutweed, is an aggressive growing plant. Manage its spread or remove it from...


7 Surprising Facts About Invasive Plants

From purple loosestrife to kudzu, find facts about invasive plants—and learn why you'll want to eliminate these non-natives from your...


Does No Mow May Really Help Pollinators?

No Mow May has been gaining ground. Here’s what you should know before letting your lawn grow wild—including the benefits...

Fasciation in Plants: What You Need to Know

Fasciation is a unique mutation that produces unusual flowers, but does it harm the plant? Find out the cause and...


Read This Before Buying a Plant at the Garden Center

If you have questions about buying a plant at the garden center, use these tips to get the most bang...

Keep Creeping Charlie (Ground-Ivy) out of Your Yard

Creeping Charlie is a weed that can quickly invade yards and flower gardens. Learn how to manage this aggressive weed.


How and When to Start Seeds Indoors: Timing Is Everything

Learn when to start seeds indoors, what plants to grow from seed, care tips, and the right way to safely...


Grow Disease-Resistant Plants for a Fuss-Free Garden

Stack the odds in your favor by planning ahead and choosing disease-resistant plants. They're as breathtaking as they are tough!


12 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.

Grow a Perennial Garden to Save Time and Money

Plant once, enjoy for many years—that's the purpose of a perennial garden. Get expert recommendations for easy-to-grow perennial plants.


18 Bizarre, Unusual and Weird Plants

Basic plants these are not! Walk on the botanical wild side and go bold with these out-of-the-ordinary plants and flowers.


How to Root Woody Plant Cuttings

Learn the basics for growing new rooted woody plant cuttings, including what types of plants you should and should not...


Ask the Experts: Winter Shrub Covers and Protection

Our garden expert talks about how to protect shrubs from heavy snow, wind and cold weather, including how to use...


5 Common Mistakes Every New Gardener Makes

Every gardening expert was a new gardener once! Learn about some of the most common mistakes—and the simple solutions for...

8 Fascinating Facts About Christmas Cactus

What do you know about this flowering drought-tolerant houseplant? Boost your holiday plant knowledge with these Christmas cactus facts.


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...


How to Get Rid of Mealybugs and Scale Insects on Plants

Horticultural expert Melinda Myers shares her sure-fire tips on how to get rid of mealybugs and other scale insects on...


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...


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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...

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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...