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Perennials for Moist Soil

No need to worry if your garden soil is wetter than average. There are a number of great-looking perennials that do best in moist soil. Learn which perennial flowers to plant in your yard.

Perennials Under 12 Inches

Choose shorter perennial flowers for the front of your garden to create depth in your garden design. In this article, we'll teach you which perennials stand under 12 inches tall for the perfect garden plan.

Perennials 12-24 Inches

When planning a garden, the height of your flowers is an important consideration. Learn to use perennials 12-24 inches high, and find the knee-high plants that will best fit your vision for a home garden.

Perennials Over 24 Inches

Perennial flowers are an essential part of any home garden, and gardeners can use height to create a dramatic effect. Learn about the perennial flowers that grow to a height over 24 inches.

Multicolor Perennial Flowers

Most gardens have a variety of colors, but you may not want to plant different types to get that effect. Learn about multicolor perennial flowers and the wide range of color they lend a garden.

Blue to Purple Perennial Flowers

Some gardens offer a quiet escape from the stimulation of modern life. These latter gardens use blue and purple to create a peaceful atmosphere. Learn how blue to purple perennial flowers cool down your garden.

Perennials for Average Soil

If you love gardening, you'll enjoy planting perennials for average soil. Many perennial flowers grow in average soil. In this article, we'll give you the list of average soil perennials, broken down by color.

Dry Soil Perennials

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.

Perennials for Full Shade

Contrary to popular belief, not all plants need a lot of light to survive. Perennials for full shade grow well without any direct sunlight. Learn about the best perennials for full shade in this article.

Perennials for Part Shade

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.

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 Trees, Shrubs, and Vines

Planting a tree is not great way for the environment, it's also great for your property value. We'll show you how to pick out the right tree, plant it, and maintain it. Learn how.

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 Plant Vines

Climbing plants are ideal for landscaping because you can effectively plan for and limit their size. Their eventual heights and widths are determined by the structures on which they are grown. Find out about vines.

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.