On Constructing Urban Gardens with Matt James

A rooftop deck with a table and chairs, and various plants growing around the border, with a brick chimney topped with red chimney pots, and a blue sky in the background.

Are you living in the city and wondering how to create a mini garden oasis with a just few square feet of ground, a balcony, or even a stairwell? It’s time to check out a comprehensive practical guide called The Urban Gardener, by popular UK garden design expert Matt James. Read our review now on Gardener’s Path.

Stop Watering Unnecessarily: How to Use a Rain Gauge

A decorative rain gauge with a clear canister that is almost full of water, market with measurements in inches and centimeters, with a green resin frog sitting in a brown Adirondack chair and reading a blue book beneath a pink umbrella, set on a cement surface with rain gently falling on a cloudy day.

It’s all too easy to overwater your garden without realizing it – until it’s too late. Cheap and easy to use, rain gauges can help. An inch of rain a week can spare you an unnecessary watering session, saving you time and money, and protecting your plants from too much of a good thing. Read more now on Gardener’s Path.

How to Grow and Care for Vitex Flowers

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.

Dear Deer, Leave My Trees Alone

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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.