When Do I Plant Spring-Flowering Bulbs?

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Many of our spring-blooming flowers sprout from bulbs planted in the fall. Favorites like crocus, daffodil, and tulip must spend the winter beneath the cold ground, storing energy for their debut when warm weather returns. Read on to find out how late you can plant bulbs in the fall for a spectacular spring display.

11 of the Best Gardening-Themed Books for Children

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Discover the wonders of the natural world in your own backyard or neighborhood with ideas from 11 of the best books for children. From germinating seeds to watching birds in flight, you’ll be inspired to enrich your family with the themes and activities presented in each. Read our roundup now and choose your favorites.

How to Grow Autumn Crocus (Colchicum)

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Have you ever heard of a crocus that blooms in the fall, and that lacks leaves and stems? Autumn crocus (Colchicum autumnale) has pink, purple, or white cup-shaped blooms that sprout from bulb-like corms and readily naturalize in USDA Hardiness Zones 4-8. Learn how to cultivate autumn crocus in your garden now.

How to Grow and Care for Common Foxglove

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Common foxglove features tubular blossoms in shades of cream, pink, purple, red, yellow, and white on tall upright stalks that are attractive to bees and hummingbirds. It’s a biennial for USDA Hardiness Zones 4 to 9, and grows as an annual in all temperate zones. Learn how to grow and care for foxglove in your garden.

How to Identify, Prevent, and Control Common Cauliflower Diseases

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Cauliflower is a cool-weather crop that’s challenging to grow. It takes an ideal combination of temperature, moisture, and nutrients for pristine heads to form. Sometimes, even with best practices, plants fall victim to disease. Read on to learn how to avoid, recognize, and address 12 common cauliflower conditions now.

How to Grow Colorful Caladiums

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Caladiums are perfect for lush tropical gardening. These showy foliage plants come in a wide array of variegated colors like pink and chartreuse, red and green. They grow as perennials in USDA Hardiness Zones 9 to 11, and can also be cultivated as annuals or houseplants. Read on for how to grow your own caladiums now.

11 of the Best Purple Aster Varieties

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If you love purple flowers, asters make a cheerful addition to the outdoor living space. Choose from early or late blooming annuals and perennials ranging from low-profile plants with a single flower per stem, to tall bushy ones with clustered masses of blooms. Discover 11 of our favorite purple aster varieties now.

A Review of Stephanie Rose’s Garden Alchemy

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Wellness-through-gardening instructor and writer Stephanie Rose’s new book, Garden Alchemy, is a handy DIY manual of organic gardening solutions. Eighty step-by-step recipes provide natural alternatives to chemicals, and a sustainable approach to having a healthy garden. Read on for our in-depth review of this book.

11 of the Best Blue Asters to Add to the Garden

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Asters are transitional flowers that bloom from summer to fall. There’s an array to choose from that includes dwarf and tall, as well as annual and perennial types, best known for their multiple daisy-like blossoms that attract a host of beneficial pollinators. Read on to find 11 of our favorite blue varieties now.

What’s Not an Asparagus and Not a Fern? Asparagus Fern!

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For an attractive indoor hanging plant, choose a variety of asparagus fern. Appreciated for its delicate and feathery leaves, this vigorous grower is easy to maintain and adds soft green color and textural interest to your indoor decor. Learn how to plant and grow this South African beauty. Read more now.