Jennifer Benner

  • fall bouquet with annuals

    A Stunning Fall Bouquet with Annuals

    Annuals do more than just look good in the garden; they also make excellent cut flowers for floral arrangements—especially in fall as they give it their all and put out…

  • Design

    12 of the Best, Most Reputable Nature and Gardening Apps

    We live in an era when technology largely rules the roost. At every turn we’re bombarded by new electronic devices, apps, and functionality ­intended to make our lives better, or…

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    Planting Plan for a Landscape with Challenging Conditions

    Living and working in northwestern Oregon, garden designer Wesley Younie is no stranger to dealing with challenging environments. When presented with this garden’s elevation changes, drainage management, and extreme climate…

  • How-To

    How to Thin Herb Seedlings 

    Growing herbs from seed is an incredibly rewarding and inexpensive way to savor homegrown flavor fresh from your garden. Getting the seeds to sprout is generally the easiest step. However,…

  • 5 Things to Consider When Building a Walkway

    5 Things to Consider When Building a Walkway

    No matter if you are looking to navigate a small city lot or some rural acreage, there are a few rules of thumb to follow when building effective pathways. Keep…

  • garden pathways

    10 Tips for Picture-Perfect Garden Pathways

    Even though we gardeners are 100% focused on plants, we recognize the undeniable fact that pathways are an essential utilitarian element of a garden. They help us to navigate spaces,…

  • balance hardscape and plants

    Tour a Garden That Perfectly Balances Hardscape and Plants

    Margherita Fabrizio and her husband, Andy Jordan, live in a beautiful historic 1918 home in the heart of downtown Ithaca, New York. When they purchased their property in 2009, they…

  • How-To

    How to Direct-Sow Veggies

    Even though I consider myself a thrifty shopper, I often leave the grocery store feeling a lot lighter in the wallet. I just won’t compromise on some things, like healthy,…

  • How-To

    Putting Your Borders to Bed

    As much as I love gardening, I must admit that I look forward to putting my garden to bed at the end of the season. In the same way my…

  • container planting with red foliage and yellow flowers

    How to Properly Care for a Garden Container

    The right care and feeding are the secrets to keeping your pots lush and healthy all season long