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Landscape Shrubs

Landscape shrubs come in a variety of shapes and sizes, with many different types of foliage. Learn how landscape shrubs such as euonymous, heather, and hydrangeas can add beauty to your garden.

Fruit Trees

Fruit trees can be among the most memorable elements of your landscape. Learn about fruit trees, such as sargent cherry and ginkgo, that can add beauty to your entire garden.

Flowering Trees

Many flowering trees offer all-season interest. Learn about flowering trees, such as dogwood, crape myrtle, and southern magnolia, which add beauty to your landscape.

Dry Soil Annuals

All plants need water, but some do better in dry conditions than others. Learn which annuals can thrive in average to dry soil, but don't forget to give them the water they need.

Annuals for Average Soil

Most plants do well with an average amount of moisture in the soil -- not too much, not too little. In this article, you'll learn which annuals thrive in average soil.

Annuals for Moist Soil

While all plants need water, too much water can drown your plants. There are several annuals, however, that will thrive in wet conditions. Learn which annuals can tolerate moist soil.

Annuals Under 12 Inches

Annuals under 12 inches work well at the front of gardens and along borders, since they leave the taller plants behind them visible. Learn which annuals stay under 12 inches high.

Annuals 12-24 Inches

Many annuals reach a height of between 12 and 24 inches. These plants are very versatile and can be used in many garden areas. Learn which annuals reach this mid-range height.

Annuals Over 24 Inches

Annuals come in many heights, and a few grow to over 24 inches. These plants can provide a dramatic touch to your garden. Learn which annuals are taller and grow to over 24 inches high.

Pink to Fuchsia Annual Flowers

Annuals are primed to germinate quickly when conditions are right, grow speedily, and then make loads of flowers, fruits, roots, and seeds. Learn about pink to fuchsia annual flowers that can brighten up your garden.

Yellow to Orange Perennial Flowers

One way to liven up a garden is by including colors that stand out. Learn how yellow to orange perennial flowers can brighten your yard, and which ones are right for your garden.

White to Green Perennial Flowers

While many flowers feature bright, vibrant colors, some gardeners prefer a subtler approach. Read about white to green perennial flowers, which have an airy appearance and blend in naturally with the green of most plants.

Annuals for Part Shade

Many gardens have spots that are shady at least part of the time. The areas that get a mix of light and shade are perfect for planting partial shade annuals. Learn which annuals to use.

Yellow to Orange Annual Flowers

When planning a garden, most people mix different annual varieties for diversity in color, texture, and height. Learn about the yellow to orange annual flowers you can use to spice up your garden.

Annuals for Full Shade

Gardens with no direct sunlight can still thrive beautifully. Flowering and non-flowering annuals are available for heavily shaded areas. Learn which annuals can brighten up those shady spots for you.

Vining Annuals

Climbing plants are ideal for landscaping because their eventual heights and widths are determined by the structures on which they are grown. Learn about vining plants you can use to enhance your landscaping.

Full Sun Annuals

Full sun annuals need six to eight hours of sun a day. Learn about annuals by color and light requirements so you can make the best choices for your garden.

Pink to Fuchsia Perennial Flowers

Flowers ranging from pink to fuchsia are valued for their softness and delicacy. Discover the varieties of pink to fuchsia perennial flowers, and learn how to select flowers that will bloom year after year.

Multicolor Annual Flowers

Annuals bloom the first year they are planted, often flowering just a couple of months after sowing. Learn about multicolor annuals you can use to bring a splash of color to your flower garden.

Annual Plants

Annual plants are easy to work with, and can liven up any garden with an infusion of color. Learn about different kinds of annual plants, and how you can use them to enhance your landscape.

Blue to Purple Annual Flowers

When designing a garden with annuals, flower color is important because annuals are constantly in bloom. Learn about blue to purple annual flowers, such as sweet alyssum, which are often used in complex plans.

Red Annual Flowers

Annuals are primed to germinate quickly when conditions are right, grow speedily, and then make loads of flowers, fruits, roots, and seeds. Learn about red annual flowers to give your garden a touch of fire.

Red Perennial Flowers

Few colors can affect a garden as much as garden as red. A bright red strongly complements natural greenery. Read about red perennial flowers, and see if these bold blossoms are appropriate for your yard.

Perennial Flowers

Perennial flowers bloom year after year, without the need to replant. Learn the best perennials to plant in your garden. Read about the different types of perennial flowers, and which ones are best for you.

Perennial Plants

Perennial plants last for several growing seasons, and are a key element of any landscaping project. Learn about the different kinds of perennial plants, including flowers, herbs, grasses and foliage.