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Gardening Ideas & Inspiration

Explore inspiring gardening ideas that will drastically make your home more efficient & appealing.

All About Hydroponics

The basics of hydroponics explained—plus the pros and cons of gardening without soil.

Best Gifts for Gardeners (2021)

If one of your family members or friends has a green thumb, find a gift that supports their love of gardening. Read our guide below to learn about some of the best gifts for gardeners. The items included in this article are available at various home improvement stores, local home centers, and online retailers like Amazon.

8 Pet-Friendly Houseplants to Keep in Your Home

Enjoy the natural element houseplants bring to your home while protecting your fur babies with these non-toxic options.

9 Best Perennial Shade Plants

There are plenty of beautiful plants that don’t need direct sunlight to thrive. The best perennial shade plants for your yard fit not only the climate but also the look and feel that you want for your yard or garden.

Low-Maintenance Fruit Trees to Grow in Your Yard

If you’ve ever fantasized about growing a fruit tree, it’s entirely possible, even if you don’t have acres of land. A small backyard or even a pot on a balcony will do.

Best Foundation Plants for Stellar Curb Appeal

Plantings that ring the base of your home should do more than just conceal the foundation. Read these foolproof planting tips to boost your curb appeal.

How to Build a Kitchen Garden

A symmetrical design of raised beds grows out of a blank patch of turf­, adding beauty and productivity to the landscape.

All About Garden Sheds

Whether you have small or large garden shed plans, we offer an all-encompassing guide on your installing, building, and purchasing options, as well as designing and custom accenting your cozy workspace.

8 Uses for Wood Ash at Home and in the Garden

Don’t throw away your wood ash from your fireplace—read these tips for how to put it to good use in your home and garden.

How to Get Late-Summer Color in Your Garden

A strategic mix of annuals and perennials yields a brilliant garden when the heat is really on

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18 Low-Maintenance Ground Covers for Any Type of Yard

Landscaping expert Jenn Nawada explains how ground cover plants are a creative alternative to rocks and mulch, and then tells us about some of her favorite varieties.

Fall Flowers to Plant This Autumn

Learn about standout new varieties of old favorites you can put in the ground and enjoy now, and for many seasons to come.

Flowers That Bloom All Summer

If you’re looking for the best flowers that offer vibrant color all summer long, check out these dozen no-fail, flowering plants.

See this Hillside Garden Makeover in California

Decades in the making, this terraced garden offers 360-degrees of color, while providing layers of privacy from nearby neighbors and a lush habitat for visiting wildlife.

All About Groundcover

Whether you’re looking for the best low maintenance or fastest growing groundcover for your lawn, these plants offer solutions to barren spots and spaces.

Plant in Pots: Selection, Arrangement, and Care

Here are 8 tips for pot, plant, and flower combinations as well as starting your container garden.

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How to Make a Hanging Planter

Follow these simple directions for making an indoor DIY hanging planter.

Quick Tips on Starting Seedlings, Gardening Book Recommendations

Landscape Contractor Jenn Nawada shares her favorite seedling starter kit, as well as her go-to books on gardening.

Creating a Better Yard

Fix up the outside on every side of the house.

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How to Build a Weather-Resistant Planter

Using cellular PVC trim stock for an outdoor planter gives you a flower display box that can hold up to the elements

All About Raised Garden Beds

With little more than a few boards, a shovel, and some soil, you can easily create an ideal habitat for growing vegetables in your yard.

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How to Create a Vertical Garden for Small Spaces

Ask This Old House landscape designer Jenn Nawada installs a vertical garden to maximize space for a homeowner

Best Vegetable Garden Harvest Basket

A smart, new way to carry in the garden crops

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How to Turn a Feeding Trough into a Planter

Ask This Old House landscape designer Jenn Nawada travels to Tennessee to build a planter out of an animal feeding trough

A Magical Garden in Buffalo

A homeowner with a magpie’s eye and a restless imagination turns his garden into a space brimming with ideas

A Nantucket Cottage Garden Finds its Sweet Spot

Compact yet overflowing with blooms, this perennial garden gives its owners a spectacular show all summer long

10 Plants That Self-Seed for Prairie-Style Gardens

Over time, plants that self-seed help a wild-looking garden become chock-full of plants without extra expense

A Guide to Ice Cream Banana Trees

Turn your home into a tropical paradise with an ice cream banana tree. In this guide, we’ll explain everything you need to know about the tree, including what it looks like and how to grow and maintain one.

10 Grasses for Prairie-Style Gardens

From upright and airy to short and mounding, these grasses form the backbone of a prairie garden

10 Foolproof Native Plants for Prairie-Style Gardens

These tough, fuss-free perennials and grasses have adapted to North American climates and lend to the rustic prairie charm

Pro Picks for Summer-Blooming Bulbs

Get these in the ground now, and they'll achieve full size and peak color in just weeks, putting on a show right through the hotter months ahead

10 New Hydrangeas You'll Want to Grow Now

Updated versions of summer's favorite shrub offer an expanded range of colors—and blooms that add interest through fall