Expert Advice on Improving Your Home

Garden Like Nobody’s Watching

My friend Judy came to visit bearing an armful of gorgeous daffodils and a touching story. When she was a little girl, her father would always come home in early spring with a bouquet of daffodils for her mother. He passed away a few years later, taking the secret of the early daffodils with him. Read on to find out more.
Camellias under tree

Growing Camellias in Full Sun

Camellias do best in partial shade, but there are some steps you can take to improve your chances of success when growing them in full sun. Read on to find out more.
poppy flowers in field

How To Grow Oriental Poppies in Your Garden

Oriental poppies are long-lived and easy to grow perennials, but they don't behave quite like other garden plants. Read on to find out what you need to know to grow and enjoy Oriental poppies in your garden.
Tender bulb

How to Store Tender Bulbs Over the Winter

In all but the warmest planting zones, many summer and fall flowering bulbs will not survive a cold winter. These “tender bulbs” can't handle the cold and need to be dug up, stored, and protected in colder climates. With a little practice, this can be done fairly easily and allows you to grow all sorts of plants that otherwise might not be winter hardy in your area.

How To Grow Different Varieties of Begonias

There are so many new varieties of begonias to choose from nowadays! Read on to find out what you need to know about growing begonias.

How to Landscape Your Yard with Deer-Resistant Plants

If you live in an area with deer, you've likely seen some of your plants gone overnight. Read on to find out how to prevent damage and protect your garden.

10 Edible Flowers to Grow, Cook and Eat

Want to wow your guests at cookouts this summer? Then try serving up your meals with edible flowers! There are many edible flowers that make great additions to your favorite recipes, from garnishes to seasonings to the main course. Read on to find out more.

Pruning Lessons Learned the Hard Way

For many shrubs and trees, late winter/early spring is a great time to do large scale pruning and rejuvenating. Taking advantage of a rare warm day, I headed outdoors with my pruning shears in tow. What I found were the startling consequences of not practicing what I preach!

Wild About Lavender: How to Grow This Beautiful, Versatile Plant

Lavender is a versatile plant which makes a beautiful hedge, helps keep deer away from your roses, and can even liven up your lemonade. Read on to learn how to grow, harvest, and propagate lavender; as well as some of the most popular types available.