Maintenance

  • growing moth orchids
    How-To

    Keep Moth Orchids Happy and They’ll Bloom Year After Year

    For many people, picking up a potted moth ­orchid (Phalaenopsis spp. and cvs., Zones 10–12) is like buying cut flowers; they don’t care for the plant once it stops blooming.…

  • training a conifer
    How-To

    How to Stake and Train a Conifer

    While many conifers are able to grow without any staking or training at all, newly planted trees may require it in order to establish well. Additionally, staking and training can…

  • close up of bright red japanese maple
    Design

    How to Grow Japanese Maples

    The Northeast is well known for its native maple trees (Acer spp. and cvs., Zones 3–9). They are commonly used as forestry plants or sidewalk trees and are invaluable contributors…

  • winter garden protection
    How-To

    Winter Protection for the Midwest Garden

    As the gardening season comes to a close in the Midwest, there are some important tasks we should consider to protect our gardens from the harsh conditions of winter. Protection…

  • autumn garden to-do list
    How-To

    Autumn To-Do List for Southern California Gardeners

    Southern California seems to be one of those areas that’s feeling the impact of drought more critically than many other parts of the country. Yet as autumn begins, there is…

  • garden cart with new plants
    Design

    4 Easy Ways to Improve the Look of Your Garden

    Your garden designs are put to the test throughout the growing season. Even when you are in the thick of the midseason rush, it is worth taking time to assess…

  • winter damage on holly
    How-To

    Avoid Winter Damage to Your Holly

    Hollies, especially evergreen varieties, can often be damaged by extreme winter weather. Here are a few tips for heading off some of the most common problems. 1. Siting makes a…

  • how to grow sedum
    How-To

    How to Have Success With Sedums

    Sedums are easy to care for. They tend to grow naturally in cool, rocky areas, so well-drained soil is ideal. They also grow in open and exposed situations, which means…

  • Groundskeeper II shrub rake
    How-To

    3 Reliable Garden Rakes for More Than Just Fall Cleanup

    These sturdy tines can penetrate tough materials Tested by Matt Mattus A rake may be the most practical yet unexciting of garden tools. But as many gardeners know, some rakes…

  • How-To

    Watch for These Weeds in Late Summer and Early Fall

    As summer draws to a close, it is easy to fall into a passive and lethargic state. As we approach this somewhat idle period in the gardening calendar, we must…