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With dry soil, you may have trouble planting perennial flowers. In this article, we've gathered together a list of the best dry soil perennials for you to plant in your garden.

By Brandi Kleinert Larsen

Many gardeners have shady spots in their yards. The areas that get a mix of light and shade are perfect for planting partial shade perennials. In this article, we'll describe great perennials for part shade.

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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.

By Brandi Kleinert Larsen

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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.

By C. Colston Burrell

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.

By C. Colston Burrell

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.

By C. Colston Burrell

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.

By C. Colston Burrell

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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.

By C. Colston Burrell

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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With so many different kinds of fruit are available, it's hard to decide which to grow. We'll help your spring planting by giving you the gardening methods you need. Learn how to grow fruits.

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Whether you're growing prize roses for a state fair or planting cucumbers and potatoes for the table, you want those plants to thrive. Find out how irrigation systems can help keep our gardens lush and beautiful.

By Shane Speck

Oscillating sprinklers are great for watering a square area. But what if your lawn has curves? Traveling sprinklers spray the water exactly where you want it. Find out how they travel around your yard so you don't have to.

By Kristen Young

They say the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence. Why is that? Do you want a lawn that looks like a pristinely manicured golf course, a plush green carpet surrounding your house? Learn how to take your lawn from wilting mess to suburban Eden.

By Tom Harris

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We can find cork in just about any wine bottle. Have you ever wondered where the cork comes from and how is the cork made into a bottle stopper? Find out the answer to those questions in this article from HowStuffWorks.

Dursban is a chemical that is widely used in the agricultural industry to help keep pests away from crops. Find out how the pesticide Dursban works with the help of this article.

Every year, there comes a time to pull out the oscillating sprinklers. Ever wonder just what makes an oscillating sprinkler oscillate? Find out!

By Marshall Brain

Mowing your lawn is a chore that has to be done by many homeowners to keep up the curb appeal of their home. But what is the most efficient way to mow your yard? Find out with the help of this article.

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In built-in lawn sprinkling systems, there is a device called an anti-siphon valve. What is it for and how does it work? Find out what this part of an irrigation system does with the help of this article.

What is fertilizer and why do plants need it? What do the three numbers on most bags of fertilizer mean?