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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.

9 Mini DIY Zen Gardens

Chances are you don’t have a zen garden in your backyard or outside the office. But you could still bring the essence of one to your coffee table or desk with these small-scale terrains.

Top 20 Best New Home Products | Lawn and Garden

Whether you’ve got a tiny patch of green or all-out acreage, make the most of it with the next installment in our guide to the year’s best new products

Best Vegetable Garden Harvest Basket

A smart, new way to carry in the garden crops

Colorful Garden Remodel

A California couple romance their compact property by carving out colorful garden rooms with plenty of guest-ready seating


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


How to Grow Tropical Plants Indoors

Ask This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook teaches a homeowner to get a tropical feel from indoor house plants


How to Plant a Rain Garden

Ask This Old House landscape designer Jenn Nawada plants a rain garden that filters storm runoff to prevent contaminating a marsh

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

Stakes Worthy of Your Best Peonies

This hefty support will keep your peonies from sagging

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

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

Grow a Garden From Kitchen Scraps

Don't throw these eight fruits and veggies in the compost bin. Give them a new life in an indoor garden

8 Exotic Plants That Take Up to a Decade—or More—to Bloom

Run-of-the mill garden plants bloom predictably, but these unusual species take years to produce flowers. Worth the wait? You decide...

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

Easy-Care, Low-Water Container Gardens

10 ideas for potted arrangements from Sunset's new Western Book of Easy-Care Plantings

A CSA Success Story: How a Small Family Farm Flourishes

This husband-and-wife team delivers colorful produce to local families just a few hours after they pluck it from the earth—and they're proving that small family farms can succeed by simply feeding the neighborhood

Check out These Seeds From Your Local Library

Local libraries are getting in on the heirloom action, offering cardholders packets of seeds to grow, harvest, and (maybe) return

13 Ideas for Creating Garden Retreats

Transform a patch of green into an outdoor destination with these fresh upgrades

Resilient Plants for Hardy Hellstrips

Not every plant is resilient enough for a streetside garden. Here are some bulletproof varieties that don't skimp on color

Four-Season Garden Star

A garden designer pairs easy-care shrubs and colorful containers for a home garden that wows year-round

Garden Fixes from the Kitchen

Solve your yard problems with these nontoxic solutions—straight from your pantry

Tried-and-True Perennials for Your Garden

Unfussy and long-lived, perennials pump out beautiful foliage and flowers year after year

50 State Flowers to Grow Anywhere

Show off your national pride with these favorites

Uncommon Container Gardens

Focus on foliage plants for sensational season-long displays


How To Choose And Plant Climbing Roses

This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook and rosarian Felicity Keen show how to beautify a fence line with blooming rose bushes

Avoid Invasives: Plant This, Not That

27 trouble-free alternatives to popular shrubs that have earned the "invasive" label

Dahlias: Late Summer's Drama Queens

In a showstopping array of colors, sizes, and shapes, dahlias can play a leading role in your garden's finale

From Blah Lawn to Backyard Rose Garden Paradise

On the way to swapping turf for cottage-style plantings, this self-taught gardener discovered a passion for her new pastime

Garden Beauty on a Budget

A resourceful couple with a "more is more" philosophy and a talent for thrift carves a hardscrabble lot into a series of exuberantly romantic gardens