A good starting point for pruning any plant is to remove dead, diseased, or damaged stems as soon as you see them. Dead stems attract insects and invite diseases to develop. Also remove crossing branches, water sprouts (vigorous upright growing shoots that form on trunks or side branches), and suckers (vigorous shoots that develop near or from below ground)./

What to Prune When

What to Prune When.take the mystery out of when to prune.a quick-and-easy guide. This is really helpful!

Gardeners enjoy the shade created from a pergola on hot, sunny day -- and plants will, too. Use a pergola with a slatted roof and enjoy all of your favorite shade-loving plants./

Add Interest to Your Yard with a Pergola

Add Interest to Your Yard with a Shady Garden. Enjoy the shade created from a Pergola on hot, sunny day.and plants will, too. Use a pergola with a slatted roof and enjoy all of your favorite shade-loving plants. I enjoy shade loving flowers!

We get it. Weeds are obnoxious and hard to eliminate. Use our guide to identify the common varieties and know how to remove them safely. Need help now? See our video on how to control weeds in the garden. /

Weed Identification Guide

A LANDSCAPE STYLE TO AVOID: Weed Identification Guide Don't let weeds rob your garden of its beauty. Use our guide to help you identify and control these troublesome pests.

Furniture can be an expensive investment for backyards, but there are options for make-it-yourself benches, chairs, and tables. Here, low-cost concrete blocks, dry-stacked and covered with a foam pad, offer lots of seating in a high-traffic spot outside the home's back door./

15 Cheap Backyard Ideas

Budget-Friendly Bench for OUTDOORS. If you are looking to ad low-cost seating to your outdoor space, build a concrete block bench like this one. To complete the look, cover it with foam cusion and throw pillows for comfort

Hydrangea paniculata is the easiest hydrangea to grow. In late summer and autumn, this rugged shrub produces fluffy clusters of white flowers that fade to shades of pink and green. Many cultivars, such as 'Tardiva', can be successfully trained into a standard, or miniature tree form -- perfect for a large container or just about any landscape spot. Name: Hydrangea paniculata Growing Conditions: Full sun or part shade and well-drained soil Size: To 10 feet tall and wide Zones: 4-8/

The 13 Best Summer-Blooming Shrubs

Hydrangea paniculata Hydrangea paniculata is the easiest hydrangea to grow. In late summer and autumn, this rugged shrub produces fluffy clusters of white flowers that fade to shades of pink and green. full sun or part shade

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Grow a Cocktail Garden ~ Enjoy tasty fresh-from-the-garden beverages this summer -- from lemonades to margaritas -- with this fun garden. The BHG Garden Editors

In spring, shade gardens sparkle with the sky-blue flowers of Brunnera. When not in bloom, its large, robustly textured leaves continue to look great -- especially if you grow a variegated type of these shade plants. While the plant is often short-lived, it does tend to self-seed, becoming a long-term presence in the garden. Test Garden Tip: Brunnera is somewhat deer- and rabbit resistant. Top Picks: 'Hadspen Cream' offers green leaves broadly edged in creamy white; 'Jack Frost...

Our Favorite Shade Garden Perennials

"Jack Frost" has green leaves heavily overlaid with silver. "Hadspen Cream" offers green leaves edged in creamy white. somewhat short-lived, but tends to self-seed. pair with forget-me-not for blue on blue combo.

Pay attention to foliage texture, as well as color. Here, for example, purple heuchera makes a lovely contrast against 'Burgundy Glow' ajuga and gray-blue stones./

21 Easy Ideas to Beautify Your Yard

21 Easy Ideas to Beautify Your Yard - Play Up Texture Pay attention to foliage texture, as well as color. Here, for example, purple heuchera makes a lovely contrast against 'Burgundy Glow' ajuga and gray-blue stones.

I Did It: A vertical clay pot garden that can move with you.

9 DIY Vertical Gardens For Better Herbs

Create one-of-a-kind garden accents by covering flowerpots with a mosaic of broken ceramic pieces.

Start a windowsill garden by taking cuttings from some of your favorite indoor or outdoor plants and rooting them in water.

Kitchen Herb and Vegetable Gardens

Teacup Herbarium Plant a tea garden in your kitchen window with large ceramic teacups. Use a jeweler's bit to drill small holes in the bottoms of the cups for drainage. Herbs for tea: English mint, chamomile, pineapple sage, and orange mint.

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