How to Grow and Care for Pecan Trees

Two tall and many shorter pecan trees growing in a green lawn, in the late afternoon.

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.

Top 10 Blueberry Varieties to Grow for Home Harvests

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Nothing says summer like fresh seasonal fruit, perfect for snacking, canning, and baking. Want to grow your own blueberries at home? If you have an area of acidic, well-draining soil with full sun, then this top 10 list is for you. Check out our favorite blueberry varieties for the home grower 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

Six spikes of lilac-colored vitex flowers, on narrow stems with skinny green leaves beneath the blooms that come to a sharp point, with green and brown foliage in the background.

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.

Daylilies in the Garden: Growing a Carefree Perennial

Orange daylily flowers grow in a garden bed with white Queen Anne's lace, with green trees in the background and mountains far in the distance against a white sky.

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.

13 of the Best Raspberry Varieties to Grow in Your Garden (Zones 3-9)

Two ripe red raspberries are held at the end of a small cane. The shiny fruit is partially hidden by the green and yellow leaves with prominent veins throughout.

Raspberries mean summer’s here, and it’s time to grow your own. Whether you want to eat them fresh, bake them into a pie, or can homemade preserves, there’s something for everyone. To find the best everbearing or summer bearing cultivar for your growing zone, in a variety of colors, read more now on Gardener’s Path.

Good Riddance, Rodents: Say Hello to Gopher Plant

Blooming Euphorbia rigida with chartreuse blossoms atop tall stems with pointy, narrow blue-green leaves.

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.

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.

How to Grow and Care for Chinese Fringe Flower Shrubs

A Chinese fringe flower is growing alongside a rough, wooden fence. The plant has bright pink and narrow petals reaching out in all directions.

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

Red salvia flowers with green teardrop-shaped leaves.

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

Linum usitatissimum takes up the frame. Attached on all sides to the plant are light purple, five petaled flowers. The blossoms contrast greatly to the dark green, narrow leaves.

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 Grow Ivy Geranium: the Queen of Hanging Baskets

A cluster of bright pink flowers are in full bloom and reaching out and away from the leaves of a Pelargonium peltatum plant. More of the blossoms can be seen in the background.

With their bright green foliage, juicy colors, and tumbling habit, ivy geraniums are an essential plant for any area that needs trailers – containers, hanging baskets, window boxes – and can even be used as ground cover. Join us for a detailed look at the best care and cultivation practices for this pretty pelargonium.

How to Grow Basil in Your Herb Garden

A woman holds a sprig of basil growing in a raised planter along an iron fence with one hand, and clips the stems with scissors with the other.

If you love aromatic herbs and you’re excited to add a flavorful contender to your kitchen garden at home, look no further than fresh basil. We share our top tips for growing it in the garden, so you’ll be well on your way to making delicious homemade pesto, spaghetti sauce, and more. Learn more now!

Grow Leaf Lettuce: Harvest Beautiful, Nutritious Salads from Your Own Backyard

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Leaf lettuce is one of the easiest and most satisfying edibles to grow. Quick to germinate and mature, you can harvest leaves as soon as they’re large enough and go back for more as needed. Beautiful, nutritious salads freshly harvested from your own backyard will make you feel like a gardening pro. Read more now.

Plant Green Beans and You’ll Feel like a Gardening Pro

A large number of freshly picked green beans have been placed into a pile on an old, rustic looking table. The vegetables are topped with a few of the leaves and flowers of the plant they were picked from.

Green beans are the way to go if you need a win this garden season. They are quick to germinate and, depending on the variety, mature within two months. This means you can sow seeds repeatedly, well into the growing season, for multiple harvests. Want to learn how to grow your own? Read more now on Gardener’s Path.

Growing Apple Trees: A Fruitful Primer

A person is picking a perfectly ripe, bright red apple from a tree branch that is supporting many of the delicious fruits.

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

Human hands picking wild blackberries.

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.