Top 33 Cucumber Varieties to Grow at Home

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Cucumbers are a summer staple in the vegetable garden, and there are numerous of different cultivars available. Whether you want to grow slicing varieties for salads and sandwiches, or those more suitable for pickling, learn about 33 of the best cucumber varieties and choose your favorites. Read more now.

How to Grow and Care For Sweet Pea Flowers

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For vintage flair in a modern garden, consider vining sweet pea. With so many colors to choose from – including pink, lavender, violet, deep purple, red, yellow, white, and blue – you might have a hard time deciding which to plant! Learn why this fragrant flower should be growing in your garden now!

How to Plant and Grow Brussels Sprouts

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Are you a fan of Brussels sprouts? Gotten over your childhood hatred of the green gems? Homegrown sprouts taste even better than the ones you’ll find at the store. They’re challenging to grow, but the flavor is well worth the effort. Don’t be discouraged, find your way to success with sprouts now in this guide.

How to Grow Verbena in the South or Southwest

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Verbena’s delicate, colorful flowers make them a popular pick in many parts of the country, but these plants have varying requirements depending on where they are grown. If you’re in the south or southwestern part of the US, check out this guide to growing and caring for verbena in warm zones. Read more now.

How to Grow and Care for Tomatoes in Your Garden

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The fresh taste of juicy homegrown tomatoes is one of the joys of summer gardening. Whether you enjoy them tossed in a summer salad or cooked in a classic sauce, tomatoes are a must-have in the veggie garden. Learn how to plant and grow your own tasty tomatoes and enjoy the fresh taste of summer. Read more now.

How to Grow and Care for Olive Trees

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Learn everything you need to know about how to grow the majestic olive tree, a large plant that makes a dramatic landscape statement while providing delicious fruit that’s suitable for preserving in brine, oil, or water, or for pressing to make a flavorful oil that’s beloved by cooks around the world. Read more now.

How to Grow Mint in the Garden (Without It Taking Over)

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Mint is a prolific, perennial herb that’s easy to grow and propagate, so you can always enjoy a fresh supply of leaves. With a tingling flavor and bright scent, it’s ideal for beverages, savory dishes, and sweets. And it can repel pests in the home and garden as well. Get all the details on how to grow mint right here.

How to Grow Blackfoot Daisy

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If you are looking for a drought-tolerant flower that blooms profusely from early spring to late fall, consider blackfoot daisy, the heat-loving American native that’s not picky about soil and is resistant to pests, deer, and diseases. You will love its cheerful white flowers and low, rounded form. Read more now.

How to Grow Mexican Oregano

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Are you open to adding a delicious taste of Latin America to your culinary garden? Consider growing Mexican oregano, the flavorful, citrusy herb whose large, woody shrub form is easy to grow. If you’re north of Zone 9, you can grow this Mexican native as an annual, or bring a container of it indoors to overwinter.

How to Grow Oregano

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With its characteristic aromatic, spicy, earthy flavor, oregano is used extensively in a variety of cuisines and is a staple in many American spice racks. But why not grow your own? Learn how to add this flavorful, easy-to-grow herb to your backyard garden, plus tips on harvesting and bonus recipe ideas. Read more now.

How to Grow Crossvine

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If you’re looking for an assertive climbing vine that can take heat and drought and still reward with spectacular displays of yellow, orange, and red trumpet-shaped flowers, consider crossvine, Bignonia capreolata. This evergreen US native is easy to care for, bothered by few pests, and can grow to be 50 feet tall.

How to Grow Carolina Jessamine

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Offering a spectacular springtime display of bright yellow, trumpet-shaped blooms, the assertive Carolina jessamine vine happily climbs up arbors and scrambles over fences all over the southeastern United States and beyond. Read our expert advice to learn how to add this easy-care native plant to your garden now.

How to Prune and Control Asiatic Jasmine Vines

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Deep-green Asian, or Asiatic, jasmine is a fantastic ground cover, especially for shady areas of the garden. But like many plants, it can get out of hand. Read more now to learn about several methods for pruning and controlling the spread of this assertive vine. Your neighbors will be glad you did!

How to Grow Asiatic Jasmine

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If you’re in need of a quick-growing ground cover that tolerates shade, salt, heat, cold, and drought, consider Asiatic jasmine, the easy-to-grow, low-maintenance import from Japan and Korea that quickly develops a thick carpet of cover, filling in your garden’s most problematic and frustrating bare spots.

How to Grow Texas Mountain Laurel

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Perfume your garden, and your neighbors’ gardens, with the glorious scent of Texas mountain laurel. Come springtime, this evergreen shrub displays numerous spectacular clusters of aromatic purple flowers. The lovely plant is drought tolerant, deer resistant, and easy to grow. Get expert tips and advice now.

Tips for Growing Hardy Chicago Fig Trees (Bensonhurst Purple)

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Hardy Chicago figs are the perfect type of fruit trees for northern gardeners who would like to enjoy homegrown fresh figs, and who need a cultivar that can withstand chilly weather. Check out our expert advice about how to grow these bountiful trees now, including site selection, watering, and fertilizing information.

The Best Companion Plants to Grow with Dill

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Gardeners appreciate dill’s attractive, feathery leaves and its commanding presence in the landscape. But before you add this herb to your garden, carefully consider what you plant nearby – there are good partners out there as well as potential foes. Learn more about the best and worst companion plants for dill now.

How to Grow Chives in Containers

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Chives are wonderful for adding a light oniony flavor to any number of savory dishes, including soups, salads, and baked potatoes. It’s a cinch to grow your own, especially in pots and containers that are easy to access from the kitchen, whether that’s on the back porch or on a sunny windowsill indoors. Read more now.

The Best Cold Hardy Rosemary Varieties

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Do you live in USDA Hardiness Zones 5-7 and would like to overwinter rosemary? This pungent, warm-weather herb from the Mediterranean is commonly used to season savory dishes and provides interest in the garden. Learn about the different cold-hardy varieties that can withstand brutally cold weather. Read more now.

7 of the Best Cold Hardy Fig Trees

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Love the flavor of figs but worried you can’t grow them because you live too far north? Northern gardeners have plenty of options when it comes to selecting fig varieties that will do well in colder climates. Our experts offer up 7 of the best cold hardy fig trees and top tips on how to care for them in the winter.

How to Overwinter Banana Plants

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Banana plants add a dramatic and splashy punch of the tropics to the landscape, but they will succumb to winter’s wrath if they’re not properly cared for. In this article, our experts share several ways to safely overwinter these (mostly) cold-intolerant plants so they are happy and healthy when warmer weather returns.

How to Grow Ornamental Peppers

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Splashy, vibrant ornamental peppers can add dazzling bursts of color and texture to the landscape. While they are technically edible, most people find them lacking in flavor or too spicy to enjoy – so why not add them to the garden just for show? Learn how to grow these brilliant beauties now.

9 of the Best Chard Varieties to Grow at Home

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Chard makes a nutritious and colorful addition to your vegetable patch. This leafy green is easy to grow and there are lots of varieties to choose from. With different flavors, textures, and colors you’re sure to find a variety perfect for your garden. Learn more about the different types of chard with our 9 top picks.

How to Grow Leeks

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Underutilized in American kitchens but delicious and worthy of a larger role in everyday recipes, leeks are easy to grow. They require rich soil, a good amount of water, and lots of sun. Read on for expert tips and advice about how to add this member of the onion family to your garden, and dine like the French do.

How to Harvest Cabbage

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Wondering when and how to harvest homegrown cabbage? Get tips from our experts that explain the right time for plucking your spectacular spheres of deliciousness, and discover the best methods of picking them from the garden, how to store them in the kitchen, and fabulous recipe suggestions. Read more now.

How to Grow Collard Greens, A Taste of Southern Culture

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How would you like to put some soul into your vegetable garden, and your cooking? Learn all about raising nutritious collard greens, an easy-to-grow leafy member of the cabbage family. It brings to the table a rich cultural history indigenous to the American South. Check out our growing tips now.

How to Grow and Use Epazote Herb

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Be the first in your neighborhood to plant and harvest epazote, the stinky but easy-to-grow and flavorful herb that’s beloved in Southern Mexican and Guatemalan cooking, and has a magical effect on bean dishes. To learn more about the requirements for growing this Central American native plant, read more now.

Your Fall Tree Planting Guide

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To get insider tips on why fall is the best time to plant trees in your landscape, discover what “fall” actually means, depending on what part of the country you live in, and get expert advice about all the steps involved in planting trees for the maximum chances of success, read more now.

How to Keep Kale from Wilting in the Garden

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Have you had trouble with your kale plants wilting, and wondered how to end this floppy foible? Check out our complete guide to preventing this droopy problem. You’ll learn about timing, fertilization, water requirements and more. And soon you’ll rejoice at seeing your veggies standing strong. Read more now.

How to Plant A Southern Fall Vegetable Garden

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Learn all about how and when to plant a southern fall vegetable garden, and enjoy homegrown produce well into fall and winter, when your northern friends can’t even see their soil underneath all the snow. Plus, get expert tips on which plants you’re likely to have success with in autumn.

How to Propagate American Beautyberries

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Now on Gardener’s Path, learn how to propagate the lovely native American shrub beautyberry. You’ll want as multitutes of these graceful plants with their large, light-green leaves, arching branches, and eye-catching purple berries, and it’s easy to get more plants from seeds or softwood cuttings. Find out more now.

Why Autumn is the Best Time for Planting Shrubs

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When you feel that glorious nip in the air, you know it’s time for fall shrub planting. Head to the garden store, make some selections, fish out the spade from the toolshed, and give your bushes a tremendous head start — they’ll reward you beautifully come springtime. Get all the info now.

Prettier Than its Namesake: How to Grow Bat-Faced Cuphea

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If the name doesn’t intrigue you, perhaps the red and purple flowers of heat-loving bat-faced cuphea will convince you that this Mexican native is a worthy addition to your landscape. Learn more now at Gardener’s Path about this low-maintenance plant that’s a favorite of bees, birds, and butterflies, but not bats.

How to Grow and Care for American Beautyberry Shrubs

Now, on Gardener’s Path, learn how to grow the lovely shrub American beautyberry, native to the southeast US. You’ll love the fall and winter interest provided by the plant’s long, arching branches laden with clusters of bright purple berries, which attract many bird species, and are edible for humans, too.

How to Grow Turpentine Bush: the Desert Dazzler

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Pretty flowers aren’t just for areas with acidic soil, moderate temperatures, and bucketsful of rain. Now at Gardener’s Path, learn how evergreen desert dazzler turpentine bush contributes resplendent, deep-green needle-like leaves and showy, brilliant yellow blossoms to sophisticated Southwest landscapes.

15 of the Best Woody Shrubs for Fall Color

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While many plants, with their beautifully colored flowers, shine brightly in spring and summer, others really come alive in autumn. We put together a list of our favorite woody shrubs that add spectacular fall color to the landscape with their leaves, stems, or flowers. Read the roundup now on Gardener’s Path.

How to Harvest and Store Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes are misnamed but easy-to-grow, healthful root vegetables that are completely unrelated to regular potatoes. Now, on Gardener’s Path, discover the intricacies of harvesting, curing, and storing your own homegrown tubers. You’ll also find some easy and delicious ways to prepare this tasty orange veggie.

How to Grow Flavorful Cardamom in Your Home Garden

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Looking to add a taste of the tropics to your garden? Consider growing green cardamom, the spicy, citrusy, minty spice that’s used to season Indian and Middle Eastern savory dishes, as well as delicious breads and pastries the world over. Learn more about growing this delicious spice now on Gardener’s Path.

How to Plant, Grow, and Care for Purple Fountain Grass

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For dramatic beauty in the landscape, consider purple fountain grass, a showy ornamental that dazzles with colorful leaves and long, droopy, and fluffy plume heads. It’s grown as an annual in most of the US, but overwinters in zones 9-11. Now on Gardener’s Path, learn more about this hybrid plant with African origins.

How to Harvest Sweet Pea Seeds

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If you love colorful, fragrant sweet pea vines so much you’d like to have more of them in more parts of your garden, or if you’d like to share with your neighbors, check out this guide to saving sweet pea seeds on Gardener’s Path. You’ll learn which plants to harvest from, when to harvest, and how to store seeds.

How to Grow and Use Capers

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Looking for an intriguing edible plant with spectacular flowers that will astound the neighbors? Consider growing caper bush, a Mediterranean native whose preserved fruit makes a delicious addition to many dishes. Learn more about growing this tough beauty — and preserving the fruit — now on Gardener’s Path.

How to Grow and Care for Sago Palm

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Learn from Gardener’s Path how you can add a dose of prehistoric drama to your landscape, home, or patio with sago, an ancient plant from Japan that looks like a palm but is actually related to conifer trees.

Grow Faassen’s Catmint for Durable Summer Color

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Faassen’s catmint is a mounded perennial that’s drought heat and tolerant, and unlike its cousin catnip, it doesn’t drive kitties crazy. You’ll love the gray-green foliage and lavender-blue flowers, not to mention the butterflies and hummingbirds this plant attracts. Learn how to grow it now with our in-depth guide!

Are Plants that Repel Mosquitoes a Scam?

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While you may have heard of mosquito-repelling plants, and while there are some that contain substances that do indeed repel the dreaded pests, it’s a bit more complicated than simply adding new plants to the landscape. At Gardener’s Path now, learn the best way to keep mosquitoes from biting at backyard barbecues.

Grow Mexican Petunias (Ruellia Simplex) for a Heat and Shade Tolerant Perennial

If you’re looking for a versatile, low-maintenance shade plant that does well in the sun, too, consider Mexican petunia, aka Ruellia simplex. Sporting purple, pink, or white blooms, this easy-care hardy perennial comes in varieties short and tall, and you’ll love its slender, droopy leaves and sometimes-purple stems.

Color Your Garden Brightly with Painted Daisy

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Consider adding brilliantly hued painted daisies to your garden, and be rewarded by large pink, purple, red, and white blooms from early to mid-summer. Learn more about these pretty plants now on Gardener’s Path.

Learn How to Plant and Grow Peas

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If you’re looking for an easy-to-grow vegetable that tastes like spring but promises the advent of summer, visit Gardener’s Path to learn how to grow English peas, snow peas, and sugar snap peas. Our experts offer advice for selecting, planting, watering, fertilizing, harvesting, and cooking these crispy green legumes.

How to Grow Dwarf Citrus Trees

Looking for a versatile, small, and fruitful tree for your landscape? Learn all about dwarf citrus, a petite performer that produces sweet and tart fruit of the same quality and size as its full-sized cousins, in a specimen, espaliered, or container form that’s perfect for smaller spaces. Read more on Gardener’s Path.

Doing Battle with Stink Bugs

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Is your garden bugged by stink bugs? Learn how to banish these malodorous, produce-eating pests from your garden once and for all with tips and hints from the experts at Gardener’s Path.

How to Grow and Care for Loquat Trees

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Learn about loquat trees, an Asian import that offers a tropical flair and bears a small, orange-yellow, sweet-sour fruit that you won’t find in grocery stores. These tasty treasures are delicious fresh as well as in pies and preserves. Discover how to plant and grow loquats in your garden. Read more now.

Give the Gift of Fruit: How to Grow Peach Trees

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Does the thought of fresh-picked, sweet, juicy peaches make your mouth water? Check out this grower’s guide from Gardener’s Path and learn how to select the best tree for your area, how to care for it and how to get a bountiful crop of summer’s tastiest golden orbs — ready to be crafted into cobblers and preserves.

How to Grow and Care for Avocado Trees

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Thinking of suspending an avocado pit over water in hopes of producing some of the buttery green fruit? Learn whether this is a good idea, and other tips and tricks for growing “alligator pears” in your own backyard.

How to Attract Purple Martins to Your Garden

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Purple martins are one of America’s best-loved birds. Do they call your yard home? To learn how to give them the proper environment to bring their beautiful song and aerial acrobatics to your property, read more now on Gardener’s Path.

How to Plant and Grow Rhubarb

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When’s the last time rhubarb crossed your mind? We’ll teach you how to add this easy-to-grow, tart but tasty perennial stalk vegetable to your garden, so you can start counting down the days until it’s time for delicious jams, pies, pastries, and more to flow from your kitchen. Read more now on Gardener’s Path.

Grow Evening Primrose for Late-Day Beauty

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If you’re looking for a triple-duty plant that adds medicinal, nutritional and aesthetic value to your garden, consider evening primrose, the native American plant that’s made itself at home in Europe and around the world. Learn more now at Gardener’s Path.

How to Grow Beautiful and Productive Fig Trees

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Looking for a large and fruitful tree for your landscape? Consider the fig, an easy to grow, tall, and wide specimen that rewards little attention with bushels of sweet, fat, and juicy fruit that can be crafted into so much more than just Newtons. Learn more about this generous tree now on Gardener’s Path.

How to Grow and Harvest Tomatillos

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If you’ve grown tomatoes, you can grow tomatillos. The zippy green fruit — bearing an unusual, papery husk — is commonly used in Mexican cooking and has growing requirements similar to that of the tomato. Learn all about growing tomatillos now on Gardener’s Path.

It’s Time to Plant Four O’Clocks

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Grandma will feel at home when you plant old-fashioned but always lovely four o’clock plants in your garden — the kaleidoscope of colors and alluring fragrance will bring back happy memories for the whole family.

How to Plant and Grow Cilantro

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If you can’t imagine a Mexican or Asian dish without the bright taste of cilantro, learn now from Gardener’s Path how to have a garden-fresh supply of this flavorful herb at the ready. We have all the info you need to grow your own – varieties, water and fertilization needs, and delicious recipe suggestions.

How to Grow and Care for Pecan Trees

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Imagine placing a homemade pie on the Thanksgiving table, made from pecans from your own backyard tree. With a heavy dose of patience, some serious pruning, and lots of water, this dream can come true. Now on Gardener’s Path, learn how to grow these massive, stately, and fruitful trees in your landscape. Read more now.

9 Best Full-Sun Flowering Perennials for Southern Gardens

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Anyone who’s gardened in the South knows to ignore the majority of the listings in seed catalogs, because many plants can’t withstand the brutal heat and drought conditions there. Check out our picks for the top 9 full-sun plants for Southern gardens, and populate your landscape with regionally hardy plants. Read more.

How to Grow Vitex Chaste Flowering Shrubs and Trees

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Looking for an assertive grower whose attractive purple, pink, or off-white bloom spikes resemble those of lilac? Vitex — aka chaste plant — is a drought-tolerant beauty that can be pruned into a shrub, or allowed to stretch into tree form. To learn why this plant is anything but chaste, read more on Gardener’s Path.

Good Riddance, Rodents: Say Hello to Gopher Plant

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Are you looking for a colorful and unusual plant that also repels rodents and deer? Consider the drought-tolerant, sun-loving gopher plant, a succulent-like xerophytic shrub with silvery-gray leaves, chartreuse bracts, and yellow springtime flowers. We’ll teach you how to grow it – read more now on Gardener’s Path.

How to Grow and Care for Chinese Fringe Flower Shrubs

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Bring unique flair to your landscape with Chinese fringe flower, a vigorous grower with delicate, frilly pink or white blooms in the springtime. Whether it’s pruned to shrub size or allowed to flourish to tree proportions, this easy-care evergreen plant makes a wonderful addition to Southern gardens. Read more now.

How to Grow Salvia Flowers: Easy-Care with Colorful Blooms

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Looking for a durable plant that isn’t very thirsty or hungry and thrives in almost any soil? Consider growing any of the 900 or more varieties of salvia — tall, short, annual, perennial — you’ll get a tough plant softened by beautiful and profuse blooms in white, pink, red, coral, purple, blue, yellow, or coral.

How to Grow Flax for Flowers, Seeds, and Oil

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Whether you want to weave your own linen fabric, boost your intake of healthful omega acids and other nutrients, preserve your butcher block countertops, or just enjoy attractive flowers, consider adding multipurpose flax — either the annual or perennial type — to your landscape. Learn more at Gardener’s Path.

How to Regrow Pineapple from Kitchen Scraps

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Would you like to grow a beautiful plant that’s virtually free? Pineapple plants are easy to grow from a part of a grocery-store fruit you would normally relegate to the compost bin. Learn how to prepare, grow, and nurture your own beautiful tropical plant in this article from Gardener’s Path that’s all about rebirth.

How to Plant and Grow Hot Peppers

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Spice up your meals with colorful homegrown hot peppers such as cayenne, jalapeño, and pequin, while making friends with your neighbors at the same time. Check out our complete planting and care guide for growing both mild and tongue-tingling chilies now at Gardener’s Path, and soon you’ll be picking your own peppers.

Update Your Landscape: Get Creative with Garden Paths and Walkways

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Need a creative DIY project? Garden paths can add interest and practicality to the landscape, and they’re useful and attractive whether you have multiple acres or a small suburban lot. If you’re ready to make some design-savvy changes to your outdoor space, learn how to add walkways to your yard now at Gardener’s Path.

How, When, and Why to Cut Back Ornamental Grasses

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You’ve filled your yard with fescue, miscanthus, and fakahatchee for multi-season interest that’s beloved by the residents of your home as well as the wildlife. Wondering how to prune your ornamental grasses? Get tips on the how, the when, and the why of cutting back these artistic and pretty landscape plants now.

How to Grow and Care for Torenia (Wishbone) Flowers

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Add torenia’s clown-faced flowers to a shady spot in your garden and you’ll banish the blues with the bright hues shown by this annual’s colorful blooms. Learn more about the wishbone flower now at Gardener’s Path.

What to Do When the Top of Your Tree Dies

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It is frustrating and alarming when the top part of an otherwise healthy tree dies inexplicably. Want to learn why this happens, how you can treat this odd problem, and how to prevent it from happening to other trees in the future? Our expert tips can help. Read more now on Gardener’s Path.

As Dramatic as Its Name: Grow “Love Lies Bleeding”

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Whether you plant Amaranthus caudatus for its striking 2-foot-long red flower heads, for its medicinal properties, or to eat it for breakfast, you won’t be disappointed with this large tropical native that’s made itself at home in North America.

A Gift From Down Under: Swan River Daisy

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Looking for some blues to add cheerfulness to your landscape? Now on Gardener’s Path, get information and growing tips for Australian import swan river daisy, whose fragrant and plentiful indigo blooms will add happiness to your garden all summer long.

How to Grow and Care for Spanish Flag (Firecracker Vine)

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Spanish flag, aka mina lobata, is a fast-growing vine that quickly covers a sun-baked fence with brilliant cascades of color from carmine to cream. Learn more about how to grow and care for this underutilized stunner. Read more now.

Discover the Unknown: Grow Calamint

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Though many Americans are not familiar with the perennial herb calamint, its fragrant leaves, attractive delicate flowers and profuse blooming habit make it a shrub worth adding to your landscape. Learn more now at Gardener’s Path.

How to Grow Cape Marigolds (African Daisies)

Cape marigold is easy to grow and is drought tolerant | GardenersPath.com

If your garden needs an explosion of colorful flowers that bloom all summer long, consider African daisy, also known as cape marigold. Learn how to grow this import from South Africa in the Gardener’s Path growing guide.

Why More Young People Should Get Into the Garden, with Joe Gardener

Gardening show host Joe Lamp'l encourages everyone to grow their own food | GardenersPath.com

TV gardening personality Joe Lamp’l says modern edible gardening is becoming the wide availability of tools and products make modern gardening easier and more appealing to a larger variety of people around the country. Read our interview with the gregarious Joe Gardener on Gardener’s Path now.

How to Rid Your Garden of Cockroaches

Learn how to rid your yard and gardens from disease-carrying cockroaches | Gardener's Path

Are cockroaches — much to your horror — running amuck in your garden? Check out Gardener’s Path for advice on discouraging and killing these vile creatures. We’ve got ideas for natural deterrents, as well as tips for bringing out the big guns, if you really have to.

Propagating a New Species: A Man, a Tree, and a Legacy

Developing a new tree species. | GardenersPath.com

Meet Bob Piaschyk, a smart and determined Texas nurseryman whose sharp eyes identified a beautiful and unusual tree. With luck, its propagation could lead to the financing of his grandkids’ educations. Learn about his quest now at Gardener’s Path.

Full Sun Doesn’t Always Mean Full Sun

Full Sun Doesn't Always Mean Full Sun

Sometimes full sun doesn’t really mean full sun. Before buying plants, gardeners in hot and dry regions of the southern United States should take our expert advice into consideration, to learn where and what to plant. Read more about hot weather gardening now on Gardener’s Path.

The Top 5 Reasons You Should Plant Mexican White Oak

Consider adding a Mexican White Oak tree to your landscape | GardenersPath.com

If a top university recommends this tree for its own campus, you know it’s gotta be good. We share five unbeatable reasons why you should plant a fast-growing and easy-care Monterrey oak tree in your landscape — learn more now at Gardener’s Path.

Do I Need to Cut Back Bicolor Iris?

Get lovely blooms from trimmed bicolor iris plants | GardenersPath.com

Should you cut back your bicolor or African iris every winter, as you probably do with your ornamental grasses? It depends on a few factors. Learn more about when and how now from Gardener’s Path.

Leave the Butchery Behind: How to Properly Prune Crape Myrtle Trees

Pink crape myrtle blooms on properly pruned tree | GardenersPath.com

The crape myrtle is celebrated for its abundant groupings of colorful and delicate flowers in hues from white to deep red. If you know anything about these trees, you know that pruning them is a subject of great debate. To learn the proper way to trim crape myrtle trees, read more now on Gardener’s Path.