Gardening is a useful and relaxing pastime. Read gardening tips and learn how to plan and care for a variety of gardens.

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Full Sun Perennials

Full sun perennials are flowers that need direct sun for at least six to eight hours a day. On this page, we list the full sun perennials by color and type to suit your garden.

How to Design Gardens

The key to a good garden is a good design plan. Figure out what kind of garden you want, whether it's a landscape garden or a mixed garden and create your own personal Eden.

How to Grow an Herb Garden

Sooner or later, most of us decide to try our hand at growing a few favorite herbs. Herbs are survive in all kinds of conditions. Learn how to design and plant an herb garden.

How to Plant an Annuals Garden

No matter what you decide to grow in your garden, you'll need to create a plan to ensure you select plants that will thrive in your climate and soil. Learn about planting an annuals garden.

How to Prevent Plant Diseases

Growing healthy plants is the first step toward a great garden. To achieve this, it's important to prevent diseases by paying careful attention to plant selection and plant care. Learn more.

How to Stake Plants

Some plants need just a little bit more support than the rest, either because of heavy clusters of flowers, slender stems, or a combination of both. Learn about various staking techniques in this article.

How to Grow a Low-Maintenance Garden

Keeping your yard looking nice doesn't have to be an impossible task. Learn more about low-maintenance gardening, including how to select easy-to-care-for annuals and perennials and how to plant decorative containers.

How to Cut and Layer Plants

Certain plants don't grow from seeds but rather are cloned, or vegetatively propagated, to get a plant with all the exact qualities of its parent. Learn about stem and root cuttings and the layering process.

How to Prepare Soil for Planting

Good soil is the first step to a great garden. The loose, dark earth of the gardens seen on television doesn't usually just happen, however. Learn how to make the most out of your soil.

How to Water Plants

Without water, plants wilt and die. But too much water can be just as bad. Balancing plants' water needs is like having a healthful diet. Learn how to water plants.

How to Design With Shrubs

Shrubs are more than just small trees. They are a way to create attractive, organic designs for your landscaping. Shrubs come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Find out about designing with shrubs.

How to Mulch

When preparing your home for the winter, don't forget to mulch your gardens to protect against winter burn. Mulching recycles nature's products to replenish your garden so that nothing is wasted. In the process, your garden will grow greener and healthier.


Perennials are distinct from annuals in that they return year after year, eliminating the need to buy and plant flowers every spring. Perennials generally bloom only one or two seasons per year. Learn about perennials.

How to Grow Vegetables

A vegetable garden can be the perfect addition to your landscape. When you grow produce with vegetables like beans, tomatoes, and lettuce in your vegetable garden, you can ensure healthful produce. Learn to grow vegetables.

How to Design and Plant Ground Covers

If you really want to make the most of your garden, you might also want to consider such plantings as ground covers. Find out how to design your landscape to grow ground covers beautifully.

How to Grow Plants With the Lighting You Have

Many plants thrive in bright sun, which provides abundant energy for growth, flowering, and fruiting. But some plants need shadier conditions. Learn the sun requirements of various garden and house plants.

Annuals and Biennials

Annuals are flowers that bloom the first year they are planted, often flowering just a couple of months after sowing. Biennials produce only greenery the first year. Learn about annuals and biennials.

Perennial Bulbs

Any plant with an underground storage organ is referred to as a bulb. There are many categories, with different names for different structures. There are true bulbs, corms, and tubers. Learn about perennial bulbs.