Compact and fast-growing, alyssum is an annual in most areas. It sends up dense, tiny fragrant white flowers (varieties with pink, lavender, and cream flowers are available, too) and, if cut back, will bloom fairly continuously throughout the growing season. Zones 5-9

Best Plants for Landscape Edging

Best Plants for Landscape Edging: basics on alyssum, barren wort, bloody geranium, Japanese forest grass, lady's mantle and sedum

A great, extra-reliable tree that makes a big statement in fall, sugar maple offers gorgeous red, orange, or yellow end-of-the-season leaves.

Top Trees and Shrubs for Fall Color

Top Trees and Shrubs for Adding Fall Color to Your Yard, from Better Homes & Gardens

These top plant picks make your choice easy.

Best Plants for Hedges

Boxwood sets the standard for formal clipped hedges. Its ability to withstand frequent shearing and shaping makes this evergreen popular. You can also let it grow tall to provide a screen. Some varieties grow to 20 feet tall.

Bonus: We name the easiest orchid varieties to care for to guarantee success.

How to Care for Orchids

How to Care for Orchids. Orchids are no more difficult to care for than ordinary houseplants. They require slightly different watering and fertilizing techniques, but with this easy guide you'll be growing beautiful orchids in your home in no time.

Get the most out of your efforts by giving your lawn what it needs, when it needs it.

Lawn Care 101

Lawn Care 101 - I never remember when to put weed killer on, or when to put out the pre-emergent.

This sweetly scented ground cover is an old-fashioned favorite.

Best White Flowers for Your Garden

The Best Fragrant Flowers for your garden. -- though it's small, lily-of-the-valley packs a big fragrance in its nodding white or pink bell-shape flowers. It's a tough, low-care groundcover you can practically plant and forget in shady spots.

Some common misconceptions of home composting is that it's too complicated, it'll smell funny, and that it's messy.

Composting Made Easy

Compost (hot and cold): Learn how to make your own compost -- as well as get tips on the best type of compost bin so you can enjoy the benefits of "black gold" in your garden.

If your houseplants are struggling, gather them up and put them in the tub.

11 Plants That Will Grow Better in Your Bathroom

Do you struggle to keep houseplants alive? The high humidity and warmth is ideal to help plants like orchids, bromeliads, and more thrive indoors.

Try these versatile houseplants in your home.

9 Top Ferns to Grow as Houseplants