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.

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 transplant seedlings outdoors.

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...


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...

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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...