How to Grow Cape Daisies (Osteospermum)

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Impossible to miss in any setting, osteospermums are cheery, pleasant flowers. Eager to shine in the cooler spring and fall seasons, these annuals are resistant to insects and disease, and respond well to being doted on. The Cape daisy is a perfect fit for the gardener who likes to keep busy with their plants. Read more.

The Best Sun-Protective Gear for Gardeners

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Finding the right heat and sun protective gear is a matter of trial and error that can quickly become expensive. Luckily, we’ve done the research for you, and have put together a collection of the best protective gear to keep gardeners comfortable in the heat and safe in the sun. Read more now to see our picks!

7 Best Types of Dracaena to Grow at Home

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When you need a bold houseplant, dracaena is just what you’re looking for. Forgiving of mistakes and popular in the home and office since the 1960s, the dracaena genus offers at least half a dozen species suitable for home growers so you can find the right one for you. Learn about 7 types to grow at home. Read more now.

Add a Water Feature to Your Garden: 23 of Our Favorite Outdoor Fountains

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In the wide world of water features, nothing complements a landscaped outdoor space like a good fountain. We’ve put together an overview of the best models sold by excellent craftsmen for you to consider. Prepare to immerse yourself in fine design, because it’s fountain time at Gardener’s Path. Read more now.

10 of the Best Deck Boxes for Your Porch, Patio, Pool, or Veranda

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Looking for a backyard storage solution? Not sure which deck box is best for your outdoor space? We’ve reviewed the best products available and created a convenient, easy-reference article for simpler shopping. Take the guesswork out of your deck box purchase and read our buying guide now on Gardener’s Path.

How to Propagate Dracaena Houseplants

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Dracaena is a houseplant that is happy when you forget to water it, and it will keep on keepin’ on when you put it in a dark corner. That’s our kind of houseplant – and we say, the more the merrier! You’re in luck, because dracaena propagation is as easy as 1-2-3. Read all about it in this guide.

The Best Hellebore Planting Companions

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The hellebore is a classic and classy addition to all but the sunniest gardens. But it’s at its best when it has the right planting companions nearby to help it to show off and shine. Learn all about the hellebore’s best annual, perennial, and tree and shrub planting companions in this guide. Read more now.

How to Care for Heuchera in the Winter

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Completing garden winter care tasks can be one of the busiest weekends of the year, but plants like heuchera offer you some free time by demanding very little. Outside of a few basic considerations, you can invite these plants into your garden and expect year-round interest with minimal work. Read more now.

Oh, Felco F-2, and All the Things You Can Do!

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There’s no way to overstate the necessity of a good pair of pruners in the garden and in the yard. Despite the overwhelming variety of pruners on the market, the Felco F-2 outperforms the rest by a long shot. Read more about why the F-2 is so great, right here on Gardener’s Path.

Tips for Deadheading Marigolds

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The secret to the best-looking marigolds is deadheading. These flowers excel at being an easy-care option that’s perfect for beginners. You’d be hard pressed to find another annual that keeps looking great throughout the season to this degree, with minimal fuss. Learn more in our guide to deadheading marigolds.

How to Propagate African Violets from Leaf Cuttings

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The only thing that’s better than one African violet is two, and the only thing better than two African violets… well, you get the idea. This quintessential houseplant is easily reproduced from cuttings. With a little time and effort, you can fill your house with these exceptional flowering plants. Read on to learn how.

How to Plant and Grow Montauk Daisies

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A good late season bloomer can be hard to find, but don’t worry – Montauk daisies have got your back. This tough perennial features large, vibrant white flowers with bold yellow centers that stay in bloom until first frost. Learn how to grow these lovely, easy-to-tend perennials in this guide. Read more now.

Putting a Blanket on Blanket Flowers: Gaillardia Winter Care Guide

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Gaillardia is an easy-to-grow perennial that puts on a burst of color throughout the summer months. With a few simple preparations, you can set up your plants to survive winter’s chill and come back healthy in springtime. Learn how to care for your blanket flowers during the winter in this guide. Read more now.

Tips for Growing Winter Pansies

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Winter pansies are a delightful sign of spring, even in deep winter. As long as there are a few warm days, your pansies will perk up and do their stuff. They’re an excellent addition to your garden and containers, and ask for little more than some water and tender deadheading. Get our top tips for growing winter pansies.

How to Grow Cleome (Spider Flower)

Cleome, aka spider flower, is an unusual, eye-catching flower, with its impressive height and colorful, wispy blooms that add interest to the garden from early summer until first frost. It’s easy to grow and has few pest and disease issues. Learn how to plant and grow Cleome in your landscape in this guide. Read more now.

How to Grow Your Own Pumpkins

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Have you always wanted your own pumpkin patch, filled with winter squash that are perfect for cooking and decorating throughout the fall? It’s not as hard as you might think. From small cultivars to large homegrown varieties that are ready to be carved into jack-o’-lanterns, we’ve got you covered. Read more now.

Garden Folklore Galore: Reviewing Popular Garden Myths

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Myths and folklore are as much a part of gardening as shovels, soil, and seeds. We examine some of the most popular garden myths and analyze whether they are true, should be taken with a grain of salt, or are just plain wrong. And if they are factual, we offer our tips for using them in the garden. Read more.

15 of the Best Common Morning Glory Varieties for Home Gardeners

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Easy to grow and vigorous, with striking blooms, the morning glory is a go-to option when you need a lot of space covered fast. Plenty of colorful options are available to coordinate with your existing plantings. Check out 15 of the best morning glory varieties and find your favorites now.

How to Identify and Treat Common Rose Diseases

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Lovely as roses are, they are prone to disease, and knowing what to do early on is key to protecting the health of your plants. Our guide describes the common rose diseases you are most likely to encounter and offers effective treatment plans for each. Check out our solutions to your roses’ woes now in this guide.

Sun Protection: How to Beat the Heat and Survive Summer in the Garden

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Planning to spend some time outdoors in the garden this summer? Learning how to work safely in hot temperatures and hours of sun exposure is essential knowledge for the gardener. It’s time to brush up on the basics and maybe even learn something new. Beat the heat and stay safe from the summer sun with this guide.

Muckster II Ankle Muck Boots: A Versatile, Waterproof Gardening Shoe

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If you’re looking for a tough, reliable, waterproof gardening shoe, look no further than the Muckster II Ankle boot from The Original Muck Boot Company. Lightweight, breathable, and specifically designed with outdoor work in mind, these will keep your feet warm and dry while you deadhead the roses or dig up the garden.

How to Grow Bleeding Hearts

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Bleeding hearts maintain and enjoy their status as a unique and easy to care for perennial beloved by gardeners. With soothing green foliage and iconic heart-shaped flowers, it’s easy to see why this shade-loving plant is a mainstay in many gardens. Discover how to grow and care for your own bleeding hearts now.

How to Grow Black-Eyed Susans, a Garden Favorite

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For a cheery splash of daisy-like flowers that attract butterflies and bees, consider adding black-eyed susan to your landscape. You’ll be rewarded with masses of blooms that do well in a variety of soils and conditions. Pollinators love it, and you’ll find plenty of other benefits to this lovely flower in our feature.

How to Grow and Care for Fruiting Cherry Trees

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Cherry trees produce bounties of delicious fruit every year and are handsome additions to the landscape. The trees are beautiful in the spring, provide tasty fruit in the summer, and display architectural winter interest. Learn to grow and enjoy the freshest fruit with Gardener’s Path growing guide now.

How to Grow Lily of the Valley, a Fragrant Shade-Lover

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Finding the right flowering plants for your shade garden can be problematic, and early blooming and fragrant varieties can be few and far between. Luckily, there’s lily of the valley, a happy-to-spread and pleasantly scented addition that fits in those neglected corners of your flowerbeds. Read more on Gardener’s Path.

How to Plant and Grow Morning Glory Flowers

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Of all the flowering vines in all the gardens of the world, morning glory is among the most easily recognized and well-loved flowers out there. Easy to grow without much care or attention required, you can ensure the best blooms possible by reading our guide to growing morning glories now on Gardener’s Path.

How to Plant and Grow the Glorious Marigold

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The bold marigold has gracefully taken a step back as the market for new and exotic flowers expands at a wild rate. That’s a shame. This tough, colorful, and pest-resistant flower readily produces nonstop blooms, and it brings with it a host of benefits for your garden. Think twice before you pass up these darlings the next time you’re stocking up for the season. Our closer look at the marigold that will leave you ready and waiting to plant your own – read more now on Gardener’s Path.

How to Grow and Care for Snake Plants

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Snake plants are a guaranteed winner for anybody, anywhere. Practically impossible to kill, sansevieria is a great addition to any home. Read about these hardy plants perfect for whatever shade of your green your thumb is here in our snake plant growing guide.

Cozy Up with Chamomile: Growing and Harvesting a Classic

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Of all the plants in my garden, chamomile offers the most return on my investment. It is a vigorous and problem-free plant that produces a spray of beautiful flowers that can immediately be harvested to make a tasty tea. Gardener’s Path has all of the information you need to know about growing this fine addition in your own garden. Read on to learn more!

The Ultimate Potato Growing Guide

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Potatoes can be a tricky crop to grow. You can’t see what’s going on below the soil, so you need to confidence that what you’re doing is working. You can erase your doubt and hesitation after reading our expert potato growing guide. Read all about how it is done here on the Gardener’s Path, and you’ll be a spud master!

Design and Construct Gorgeous Spring Planters for Porches and Patios

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Constructing your own container of showy annuals and perennials is an easy and fun project to welcome the springtime weather. Following just a few core design principles, you can create your own eye-catching arrangement of flowers and foliage. Read all about spring container gardening and design now on Gardener’s Path.

Crazy, Colorful Celosia: A Growing Guide

A denizen of hot and well-drained gardens, celosia offers a kaleidoscopic array of colors and flower styles. From fan-shaped flowers to colorful plumes straight out of a Dr. Seuss story, you’re sure to find one just for you. Read on to learn how to care for this colorful flower for all-season color.

Take the Fuss Out of Verbena: A Growing Guide

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Long-lasting and mid-height color is always special. Verbena promises to perform all season long, and besides a few necessities it only needs a watchful eye. Our expert advice sheds light on the mysteries of the beautiful flower. Learn about what to watch for and how to grow this lovely and colorful annual here on Gardener’s Path

Juicy and Sweet Tips for Starting Your Own Berry Patch

The best part about having a berry patch is that you get out of it exactly what you put in. The plants require their share of care and attention, but you’ll be rewarded with a beautiful harvest. Ready to roll up your sleeves and put in a good effort with a solid payout? Find out how to get started on Gardener’s Path.

How to Grow and Care for Gaillardia (Blanket Flowers)

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Few flowers are easier to plant and forget about than Gaillardia. Providing nonstop shows of color and bloom, they are of interest at all stages of growth. Best of all, they’re easy to grow and will quickly fill whatever space they are afforded. Read on to learn all about gorgeous Gaillardia now on Gardener’s Path.

13 of the Best Evergreen Shrubs for Your Garden

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Finding the right evergreen shrub for your garden can be a headache, especially if you want something unique. We’ve taken the guesswork out of the project and compiled 13 of the best evergreen shrubs for you to consider. Read on to see our favorite picks and learn how to grow them at home, here on Gardener’s Path!

Guide to Backyard Birds and How to Attract Them to the Garden

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Backyard birds are a gardener’s buddies. We’ve put together an expert guide on what to expect in your area, complete with a list of favorite feathered friends throughout the US. Learn all about what they’re looking to eat to help encourage them to call your garden home. Read more now on Gardener’s Path.

Why You Need Milkweed: A Guide to Growing Asclepias

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Milkweed is a native perennial that’s easy to grow, and it attracts a seemingly unlimited list of wildlife to the garden. As the only host to monarch butterflies, growing it is a foolproof way to aid your local ecosystem, and to gain the admiration of your neighbors. Learn how to grow Asclepias now on Gardener’s Path!

Grow Sweet Alyssum for a Long Season of Fragrant Blooms

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Beautiful colors and an enticing scent put sweet alyssum in the spotlight for gardeners of every skill level. Adding this aromatic annual to your garden will promise bountiful blooms and delectable whiffs for almost the entire growing season. Read on to learn about our latest featured plant here at Gardener’s Path!

A Box to Call Home: Build Your Own Bat House with our DIY Instructions

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Building a bat box is an easy DIY activity, with a functional and beneficial outcome that provides a home for the nocturnal wildlife in your area. With just a drill – no other power tools required – you can produce a fully functional bat house. Keep reading to learn how to build your own now on Gardener’s Path!

Dusty Miller: A Plant That Really Shines

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An old-timey species with a name to match, dusty miller (Jacobaea maritima) is as easygoing as plants come. Dependable and attractive foliage adds value to the garden, and it is virtually pest free. Read all about it on Gardener’s Path to see what makes this silvery plant a must-have option for any outdoor space.

DIY Guide: How to Install a Deer Fence to Keep Wildlife Out of the Garden

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If you’re sick of shaking your head when you look at the damage deer do to your hostas, roses, and fruit trees, you aren’t alone. Installing a deer fence is the best option to keep those voracious critters out of your garden and yard. Read more now on Gardener’s Path to learn how to install your own DIY fence.

How to Grow and Care for Coral Bells (Heuchera)

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Possibly the only foliage plant you’ll need in your garden beds, hardy Coral Bells provide reliable performance in sun or shade. Toss in a flower that’s as delicate and light as they come, and you’ve got yourself one wonderful perennial. Read all about how to care for your Heuchera now, here on Gardener’s Path!

Get Them Deer Out of Here with These Tips

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Battling deer set on destroying our work in the garden doesn’t need to be as challenging as we might think. Approaching the situation with knowledge, the right game plan, and a good set of tools is the solution to preventing this frustrating pest. Read on to learn more about how to keep the deer away from your yard.

19 Apple Tree Varieties That’ll Knock Your Socks Off

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Selecting the best apple tree varieties can be disappointing and fruitless (pun intended) if you don’t pick the right trees. Cold hardiness, flowering groups, and chill hours can be overwhelming, and don’t get me started on the trouble with triploids. Read more to learn about picking the right ones for your yard.

Daylilies in the Garden: Growing a Carefree Perennial

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The daylily is one of America’s favorite perennials, and with good reason. It is an easy-to-grow plant with extended periods of flowering, and is susceptible to few ailments. Practically required in your perennial borders, we share all the tips you’ll need. Read more about this lovely perennial now on Gardener’s Path.

15 Best Deer-Resistant Landscape Trees for Your Yard

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Love ‘em or not, deer are going to be around for as long as we’ve got gardens. The best way to prevent damage is to avoid offering up trees and plants they find palatable, and to fill the landscape with resistant flora. Check out our list of the top deer-resistant trees for your growing zone now on Gardener’s Path.

Growing Apple Trees: A Fruitful Primer

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There’s an old saying that society grows great when people plant trees they’ll never enjoy the shade of. That’s a fine sentiment, but why not enjoy the fruits of our labor along the way? Growing apple trees offers long-term benefits, and in just a few years we can enjoy the fruit of our trees. Read on to learn how.

A-Foraging We Will Go: Berry Edition

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What’s even better than just-picked berries from the garden? The ones you harvest yourself from a wild source. With some basic how-tos, attention to detail, and a keen appreciation for the outdoors, you can take a trip back to our hunter-gatherer days and safely consume wild foods. Read more now on Gardener’s Path.

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones Have Changed: What You Need to Know

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Did you know the USDA Plant Hardiness Zones have changed? This introduces a new array of plants that can grow comfortably in your garden while also denying a few old favorites. Read on to learn about why these changes have taken place, and how they may affect new plantings as well as seasoned perennials.

Doing Battle with Japanese Beetles: Tips for Banning Them From Your Garden

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An iconic troublemaker in the backyard, the Japanese beetle is an invasive species that’s been causing damage to American gardens for over a hundred years. It’s a difficult pest to control, but with help from Gardener’s Path, we can learn about this bug and take the right steps to minimize its impact. Read more now.

How to Grow Astilbe Flowers: A Shade Gardener’s Best Friend

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Looking for a nice accompaniment to hosta, fern, and heuchera? The shade garden has become my favorite corner of the yard, thanks to the patch of astilbe I’ve started. With bronze-green foliage, the real show comes when it blooms, with large plumes of creamy whites and pinks. Read more now on Gardener’s Path.

DIY Wintertime Decorative Arrangement Design: It’s a Handful of Greens Away!

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Have you flipped and scrolled through magazines and web pages, marveling at immaculately presented winter decor? It’s tempting to imagine these stunning pieces as out of reach, something of a rarity for the average gardener. But fret not! We here at Gardener’s Path have a simple and easily customizable design for you to use in your own home. If you want find yourself endlessly enjoying winter centerpieces and you hope to dazzle your holiday guests, read on to learn how you can craft your own piece from scratch.

Bats Beat Bugs: Welcoming Bats Into the Garden

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Let’s put our hands together for the bats! These flying critters are vital in the backyard and offer their services as bug catchers of the highest caliber. By offering bats a place to roost in your garden, you can encourage them to make regular appearances, offering their mosquito-catching skills. To learn the benefits of bats, plus tips to build your very own bat box, read more now on Gardener’s Path.

Houseplant Primer: A Guide to Basic Care and Durable Plants

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Don’t give up yet – there’s hope for your houseplants! Tropical greenery cures our indoor doldrums, but many of us are fearful that we are agents of black-thumbed death, forever doomed to a plant-less lifestyle. Gardener’s Path has the solution – our guide to basic houseplant care, plus a selection of excellent houseplants that can take one heckuva beating. Keep reading to learn all about it!

Your Guide to Fall and Spring Perennial Cutbacks and Pruning

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A tidy garden is a healthy garden, and cutting back perennials helps to achieve both of these things. But confusion comes into play when deciding which perennials to cut back when. Relax! We’ll teach you how biannual pruning can become an act of meditation for the gardener. Read our handy guide, and you’ll look forward to a tidy cleanup.

12 Fast-Growing Shade Trees for Your Yard

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Shade trees are natural climate control for your home and yard. They offer protection from the light and heat of the sun and can serve as a buffer against strong, cold winds that whip heat away from the house. Gardener’s Path has compiled a selection of fast-growing shade trees, excellent selections for your home in every US Hardiness Zone. Read more.

How to Grow Pansies and Violas for Multi-Season Color

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Mums, aster, and heather are flowering staples in your late fall or early spring garden, but winter pansies provide brilliant color straight on through the cooler seasons. They’re not even shy about popping up from under the snow and ice during warm spells in the winter months. Gardener’s Path has compiled this informative guide for you to read about about pansies and their care– read on to learn more!

Conifer Confusion: An Identification Guide for Pine, Spruce, and Fir Trees

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What the heck is that conifer tree? Chalk it up to “Problems Only Gardeners Face,” but it’s a pain in the booty deducing whether a tree is a pine, spruce, or fir. Learning the differences between these trees can be a challenge, but it’s a rewarding one. Continue reading on Gardener’s Path now for our sure-thing identification guidelines.

“Ish” Gardening: Planting with Purpose

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“Ish” gardening is a perspective that encourages more awareness while in the garden. From old-fashioned tricks to planting with purpose and even making friends with the plants outside (no, really!), “Ish” gardening offers a fresh approach to getting our hands dirty. Read more now on Gardener’s Path.