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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Amsonia adds a uniquely light and airy attitude to the garden. When it’s in bloom you’re rewarded with a spray of flowers atop long green stems and for the rest of the year it offers up a soft green presence. It requires little care in exchange for year-round interest and pest infestations are rare. What’s not to love?
Astilbe is a shade-loving perennial that explodes in colorful blooms of frothy flowers. To keep your astilbe looking their best and healthiest, you’ll need to keep them fertilized with the best stuff for the task. We take the guesswork out of the job in our guide to fertilizing astilbe and include our favorite picks.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It’s a party in the garden with our “beet buddies” guide. We’ve compiled our favorite choices for the best planting companions for beets, from broccoli and brussels sprouts to onions and radishes. You’ll also find a quick overview of the ideal conditions for growing beets and the best time to start planting. Read more.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Of the many leafy perennial options for your garden, lady’s mantle is probably the hardiest you’ll find. Offering a brief but stunning display of flowers, its vigorous, abundant scalloped leaves are the main feature. Lady’s mantle is also extremely resistant to pests and disease. What’s not to love? Read more now.
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.
Are you looking for a backyard storage solution? Not sure which deck box is best for your outdoor space? We’ve reviewed 11 of the best products and created a convenient, easy-reference article for simpler shopping. Take the guesswork out of your deck box purchase and check out our buying guide. Read more now.
Finding the right pair of gardening gloves for all of your varied projects is no small task. Most people who pick up a pair don’t learn the pros and cons until they’re well past the return period. Let’s skip all of the inferior pairs and focus on the best gloves, based on our firsthand reviews, in this guide. Read more.
You’ve got your shovel, you’ve got your acorns… now what? Oak trees are amazingly hardy once established, but they can use some help getting there as easily as possible. Read our expert guide to learn how to plant and provide care for your oak trees until they’re big and strong enough to do the job on their own.
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 for a variety of growing zones in this guide. Read more now.
Egyptian walking onions are easy to grow and produce tasty underground bulbs as well as edible topsets or bulblets that allow them to “walk” around the garden. Hardy in Zones 3 to 10, these perennials will spread and establish a large, low-maintenance clump. Learn how to grow these unique alliums in this guide.
Hens and chicks have been a longtime favorite, especially for those gardeners who don’t have a lot of time to tend to their plants. These succulents are eager to grow in the poorest, driest soils, dividing freely to fill those inhospitable places. Learn about growing hens and chicks in our guide. Read more now.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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 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.