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These articles are the most popular over the last month.
Shrubs That Grow in Shade
Shrubs that grow in shade are a boon to folks who toil to find bushes to fill shady voids in the landscape. This top 10 list is designed with variety in mind.
10 Ways to Keep Cats Out of Your Yard
I'm often asked how to keep cats away from yards. The answer lies in cat repellents, whether by wire, water, or just plain understanding how feline pests think.
How to Keep Voles Out of Your Yard
Identification is a first step in vole control (they're distinct from moles). Then you can work on getting rid of these field mice or meadow mice.
10 Ways to Care for Your Lawn Before Mowing...
If you neglect spring lawn care, you'll pay for it the rest of the year. But while you shouldn't neglect it, spring lawn care doesn't require nearly as much time as mowing does in summer.
How to Get Rid of Crabgrass for Good
What's the best way of killing crabgrass? Using preemergent herbicide is one way to get rid of this weed, but proper ID must come first, so I provide pictures.
How to Get Rid of Moss in Lawns
How do you get rid of moss in a lawn? The real question is what causes it to grow there in the first place.
How to Control Dandelions
My pictures of dandelions will help you identify them. Then use my tips for their manual removal or killing them with herbicides.
What's a French Drain, and How Can You Install...
Installing French drains is an option for providing yard drainage on land where there is excess water. Learn how to make one in this piece geared to DIYers.
Fill in a Bare Landscape Fast with these...
Fast growing shrubs are great for homeowners needing quick privacy hedges. I list several bushes for those who need privacy in a hurry, linking to plant info.
16 Flowers that Bloom All Summer Long
Long-blooming perennials give continuous garden color, with just a little deadheading, dividing, etc. on your part. Discover some flowers that bloom all summer.
Attract Hummingbirds with These Flowers and...
Grow the top 10 flowers to attract hummingbirds to your yard. Besides attracting the winged jewels, these plants will excite the envy of other gardeners.
Easy and Cost-Effective Ways to Remove a Tree...
Removing tree stumps is possible without the aid of stump grinders. You can do it manually with mattocks or by applying nitrogen and waiting, which is cheaper.
Cultivate a Healthy Lawn by Following This...
Tips are provided in this resource for fertilizing lawns. I also give you a care schedule you can follow for spring, summer and fall.
How to Use Vinegar as a Natural Weed Killer
The organic gardener sometimes uses vinegar as a natural weed killer. It's non-selective, so be careful not to spray or pour it on your good plants.
Pictures of Poison Ivy
View my pictures of poison ivy and similar vines for identification. My photos show the plants at different stages of development in the course of the year.
Plan Your Garden with this Climate Zone Guide
The definition of planting zones refers to USDA hardiness maps, to which I link. I tell you how to use them but explain why you needn't follow them slavishly.
How to Build Beautiful (and Cheap!) Waterfalls...
A simple and cheap way to build outdoor waterfalls is to erect cascading stone spillways that hang right over your pond. I show you how in this tutorial.
Grow These Vibrant, Spring-Blooming Shrubs with...
Border forsythia bushes (often misspelled 'forcynthia') are shrubs renowned for ushering in spring. Learn how to care for these plants (including pruning) here.
Everything You Need to Know About Using...
'Emerald Green' arborvitae trees are evergreens. Technically shrubs, they have a foliage similar to Leyland cypress and are sometimes used as privacy screens or in other border plantings.
Everything You Need to Know about the Rose of...
Rose of sharon bush is a deciduous flowering shrub, sometimes thought of as a small tree. Learn about pruning it and other growing tips here.
Incorporating Red Twig Dogwood Shrubs in Your...
Red twig dogwood shrubs are so named for the color of their bark in winter. But these stunning bushes offer much more than just colorful winter bark.
What's the Difference Between Rhododendrons and...
Read this intro to learn how to care for azalea and rhododendron plants. I give tips on planting these popular flowering shrubs, including pruning azaleas. Page 3.
How to Grow a Lush, Green Lawn
Is the grass always greener on the other side (your neighbor's)? These tips for growing green lawns will remedy that, putting a green lawn within your reach.
How to Keep Dogs Out of Your Yard
A problem with dog repellents sprinkled on the soil is the need to reapply after rain. On the upside, 2 products in this class lie right on the kitchen shelf.
Landscaping Articles
Explore my landscaping articles for help on everything under the sun on beautifying yards. My mission is to bring easy-to-understand information to DIYers.
What Shrubs Make the Best Hedges?
Hedge plants serve the practical function of giving a property security and are also decorative. Here I discuss some of the best shrubs to use for hedges.
Weed Pictures
My weed pictures include photos of plants you probably know, but not by name. Here's some help in identifying common types of weeds.
Create Boundaries Around Your Property with...
In landscaping your property line, are you hoping to minimize maintenance, maximize privacy or enhance the beauty of your yard? I help you with all 3 here.
To Kill Ticks, Should I Spray My Yard? Is It...
One option for tick control in the yard is to spray to kill ticks. There are other options for organic gardeners; I help you pick one suited to your lifestyle.
12 Interesting Landscape Designs to Inspire...
Before you contemplate specific backyard landscaping designs, you have to ask yourself some basic questions.
The Top 10 Weeping Trees for Your Home's...
Of the weeping trees, some Japanese cherry trees are among the most spectacular. Such specimens give your landscaping a drooping habit and lovely blossoms.
Learn the Facts about Columbine Flowers
Columbine flowers come in numerous colors. Of even greater value than their bold colors is the exquisite shape of the blooms, as shown in my picture.
Give These 10 Perennials Sun and Let Them Shine!
The plants I've chosen as my ten best perennials for sun share 3 things. They thrive in a sunny spot, are hardy and bring marvelous color to the yard.
Build a Stone Retaining Wall in 15 Steps
This tutorial deals with building stone retaining walls 3 feet in height or less. When you build without mortar you have limitations but also some benefits.
Your 11-Step Guide to Transplanting Trees and...
I present 5 easy steps in teaching you how to transplant trees and shrubs. Learn how to dig the holes and move the plants; also learn about care after installation.
How to Incorporate English Ivy in Your...
I discuss growing English ivy plants (picture) as a groundcover here. But my tips come with a warning: they have fallen out of favor due to their invasiveness.
Planting Flower Beds
Practice layering when planting flower beds, plus preventative weed control. These are just 2 tips I offer here, as we go from back to front row of a sample bed.
Care Tips for Healthy, Lush Privet Hedges
Privet hedges (Ligustrum shrubs) are traditional favorites, being amenable to pruning. But these bushes are invasive plants in North America.
Landscaping Ideas for the Botanically Challenged
Front-yard landscaping ideas suited to suburbia may not work in rural areas, and vice-versa. But these basic design ideas will point you in the right direction.
Dandelion Greens
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Ornamental Grass: A Low-Maintenance Alternative
Use my pictures of ornamental grasses and my descriptions to learn more about one of the best examples of low-maintenance plants (deer and drought resistant).
10 Full-Sun Plants
Full-sun plants are often perfect for rock gardens, for example. Learn about some types of drought-tolerant perennials before you buy a plant for that hot spot.
What's the Difference Between a Mole and a Vole?
Garden pests include the mole and the vole, those subterranean, mouse-like garden pests. But what's the difference between a mole and a vole?
Flowering Shrubs: Andromeda
My picture shows andromeda shrubs with white flowers. The Latin name for this bush is Pieris japonica.
Beginner's Guide to Landscaping
Need some simple landscaping ideas? From designing front, back and side yards to how to start a garden, consult my tips to help with your yard makeover.
Flowering Quince Shrubs
Should you grow flowering quince shrubs? These spring-blooming bushes have their good and bad points, which I relate while telling you how to grow them.
How to Install Landscape Fabrics
Learn how to install landscape fabrics, a high-tech solution for weed control. Weed barriers suppress plant pests without suffocating everything under them.
Think You Know All about Living Privacy Fences?...
Options for privacy fences are divided into building hardscape structures vs. using shrubs in hedges as living screens. I list the pros and cons of each here.
Landscape Design Photos
If you need some ideas for the yard, study these landscape design pictures showing some basic principles and learn about the concepts the pros use.
Rock Garden Plants
My list of rock garden plants focuses on sun-loving perennials. I have organized my list according to plant size.
Install Landscape Timber Edging in 10 Easy Steps
Landscape timber edging installation is simple and looks spiffy. Using photos, I relate how to install it to build an attractive edging with minimal effort.
English Boxwood Shrubs
Plant Taxonomy of English Boxwood Shrubs: Plant taxonomy classifies English boxwoods as Buxus sempervirens
How To Build Dry Creek Beds for Landscape...
Learn how to build dry creek beds for landscape drainage. It's an easy landscaping project if the soil you'll be excavating isn't strewn with roots and rocks.
Woodchuck Control : How to Get Rid of Groundhog...
Learn about pest control for groundhog or woodchuck pests in gardens. Woodchucks (or ground hogs) are pests that emerge from a burrow to eat vegetables. Page 2.
Small Evergreen Shrubs: a Colorful List
I discuss 7 types of small evergreen shrubs perfect for owners of tiny yards who crave big-time color. Consult my list of compact bushes before you shop.
Mountain Laurel Shrubs and Bay Laurel Trees
My description of mountain laurel shrubs is supplemented by pictures. I distinguish between these shrubs and the bay laurel trees made famous by the Greeks.
Impatiens Flowers
Impatiens flowers are valued for the variety and vibrancy of their colors and their shade tolerance. The 'Super Elfin' series is one of the most popular.
Perennial Vines for Shade
Learn about perennial vines for shade, including that rarity, a cold-hardy, flowering one that grows in shady areas. I also warn about invasive vines.
Top 10 Trees and Plants That Love the Shade
My top 10 list of shade plants includes flowering dogwood trees, a wild bird favorite. My list is representative of the major categories of landscaping plants.
Creeping Phlox Plants
Creeping phlox plants (P. subulata) do best in full sun. Grow them as a groundcover on a slope with humus-rich, well-drained soil to prevent erosion.
How To Lay a Flagstone Patio
Laying flagstone patios in sand is not difficult, although the stone itself can be heavy. This DIY project is like building a puzzle; I show you how here.
Milkweed Plants
Learn facts about common milkweed plant (picture), including its uses and growing requirements. Learn what these host plants for Monarch butterflies look like.
Pictures of Flowering Trees
Why view these pictures of flowering trees? Not only will they give you ideas, but I also supplement the pics with links to resources on growing them.
Sky Pencil Holly
Sky Pencil holly presents an option for small spaces. These narrow, columnar shrubs lend themselves to usage near house foundations, especially at the corners.
Dwarf Trees
Dwarf trees (evergreen and deciduous) are popular in small yard design. You can plant them with the knowledge that they won't quickly spike out of control.
10 Best Perennials for Shade
My best perennials for shade run the gamut from flowering floozies to subtle foliage plants. See what they look like here and learn how to grow them.
Wild Violets: How to Get Rid of a Common Lawn...
Learn how to get rid of the wild violets in your lawn. These weeds are violas, making them relatives of such flowers as pansies and johnny-jump-ups.
Spring Flowers
Spring flowers cheer us up after we've survived the long winter! But before selecting posies for your vernal garden, learn which ones are the earliest bloomers.
Hinoki Cypress
Slender Hinoki cypress trees are semi-dwarfs, being more compact than the species trees but not as short as 'Nana Gracilis,' the true dwarf.
Climbing Hydrangea Vines
Climbing hydrangeas solve a problem for people with shady areas to plant, being shade-tolerant vines. But they'll flower better if they receive some sunlight.
How to Determine When to Plant Your New Trees
I am often asked when to plant trees. To answer the question, we first have to know if we're talking about the best time for deciduous or evergreen types.
8 Tips for Landscaping With Dogs
Landscaping with dogs means compromise. You must alter plans you'd otherwise have for a yard, e.g., avoiding extensive lawns that will only be stained by urine.
Canadian Hemlock Trees
Eastern or 'Canadian' hemlock trees are long-lived evergreens. Many cultivars have been developed for landscape usage, including more compact ones useful in privacy hedges.
Emerald 'N' Gold Euonymus Shrubs
Emerald and Gold euonymus shrubs are low-mounding, evergreen bushes. The plants have variegated leaves on stems that stick straight up.
Flowering Ground Covers
Flowering ground covers combine beauty and functionality, giving floral color while fighting weeds and erosion. These pictures help you with selection.
Growing Zones
Growing zones are not meant to be restrictive; they serve, rather, as guides. The USDA provides these zone maps, broken down by region.
Mowing Lawns
This FAQ provides tips on mowing lawns and is geared to newbies. Included is information on turf care and the best and worst times for cutting grass.
Shrubs With Golden Foliage: False Cypress
The false cypress group (or 'falsecypress') has some shrubs with fantastic golden foliage. Learn about growing 'Gold Mops,' 'Gold Thread' and others.
How to Kill Grass
Organic gardeners wonder how to kill grass and eliminate lawns without using herbicides. There's a natural way to get rid of it before opening up planting beds.
Japanese Yews and English Yew Bushes
English yew bushes are widely used for foundation plants or in hedges, while a number of cultivars of Japanese yews exist and can serve similar functions.
How to Build Floating Decks
It's easy for DIYers to build floating decks, because they are not attached to a building. This tutorial (includes pictures of the small structure constructed) shows you how it's done.
How to Grow Elephant Ear Plants
Elephant ear plants are tropical but can be overwintered in cold climates in containers. Keep your plants in a cool, but not freezing basement or garage.
Poison Sumac Pictures
Consult these poison sumac pictures for identification purposes. My photos include closeups showing what the leaves, etc. of these plants look like.
How to Build Great Rocks Gardens for Small Spaces
This tutorial illustrates how to build rock gardens. Their is enhanced if attention is paid to color choices (both for the stones and for the plants).
Pictures of Flowering Shrubs
Pictures of flowering shrubs can give you ideas for your own landscaping. Browse my shrub pictures to view photos of some of the finest blooming bushes of spring and summer.
Plants Poisonous to Dogs
Many plants poisonous to dogs are very common in back yards. These bad plants may be only mildly toxic or cause more serious canine health problems.
How to Install Pavers
Learn how to install pavers, from selection to laying a base to making cuts. In this guide, you'll find instructions for all the steps required, right up to cleaning.
"Stella de Oro Daylily" or "Stella d'Oro Day...
Individual Stella de Oro daylily flowers last only a day. Why is the plant so popular, then, with those seeking summer-long color? Find out here.
Purple Ice Plant
Purple ice plant (Delosperma), despite its South African origins, is a hardy flower. Delosperma cooperi is one of the most popular flowers from this group and is used as a ground cover.
Japanese Rose
Japanese rose (Kerria japonica) shrub blooms (single or double) in spring and has a pretty branching pattern. Its attractive bark affords winter interest.
How Do You Drain Water Off Lawns?
In answering how to drain water off lawns, you need to know not only about water drains, but also what to do with the runoff (dry wells being 1 option).
Mock Orange
Mock orange (Philadelphus coronarius) is a deciduous flowering shrub. This article discusses growing both P. coronarius and Minnesota Snowflake plants.
What the Young Leaves of Poison Ivy Look Like
See my picture of poison ivy leaves to learn what they look like when young. Their appearance in spring is different from what it is in summer or fall.
How to Seal a Deck With Thompson's Water Seal
Thompson's Water Seal is one of the deck sealers used to protect against rot. Learn how to use this sealant to guard against damage to your decking.
Deer-Resistant Shrubs
Deer-resistant shrubs aren't Bambi's favorite foods, although he'll eat anything if hungry enough. Consult this list of bushes if you're not anxious to draw Bambi to your landscape.
How to Get Rid of Grass
Want to learn how to get rid of grass? The answer depends on your situation, so I guide you through several scenarios. One of these ways will be right for you.
Russian Sage
Russian sage plants (Perovskia atriplicifolia), though often treated as perennials, are woody sub-shrubs. Perovskia bears silver leaves and tall flower spikes.
How To Start Lawns From Seed
Using seed for starting new lawns is cheaper than using sod. Learn the steps required for properly seeding lawns.
Blue Rug Juniper Plants
Blue Rug juniper plants are sturdy groundcovers for sunny slopes. This article contains growing tips and information on their use as groundcovers.
Ajuga or "Bugleweed"
Plant Taxonomy of Bugleweed: Taxonomy classifies bugleweed (sometimes misspelled "bugle weed") or "bugle"
Why Is My Arborvitae Turning Brown?
If your arborvitae's turning brown, it may be winter burn. The combination of wind, sun and lack of available water in winter can cause this. Here's what to do.
Blue Fescue Grass
Blue fescue grass (Festuca glauca 'Elijah Blue') is drought-tolerant. This colorful ornamental grass is grown in zones 4-8. Learn how to grow it here.
Leyland Cypress Trees
Leyland cypress trees are often planted for fast-growing privacy screens. These slender trees are generally grown by those seeking a mass of evergreen foliage and who are in a hurry.
How To Lay Sod to Start New Lawns
Laying sod to start new lawns begins with soil preparation. This method of grass installation has the advantage over seeding of being quicker.
How to Plant Boxwood Hedges
This step-by-step tutorial walks you through the steps in planting hedges. Through pictures I show you how to plant boxwood shrubs in a straight row.
Pictures of Poisonous Plants
Pictures of poisonous plants can help you to identify and avoid them. My list includes more than just toxic leaves, berries, etc. that you shouldn't eat.
Border Grass: Liriope Spicata
Liriope spicata, AKA lilyturf or border grass, is a deer-resistant ornamental grass. This plant can, indeed, be used as a border grass in areas of dry shade.
List of Flowers With Pictures
The lists of flowers (with pictures) here are organized by color. Browse these galleries to gain ideas for creating colorful landscape designs.
How Much Slope is Needed in Land Grading Near...
Will you be doing any land grading near a foundation to correct drainage issues? To grade properly, you must first know how much slope you need.
Gerbera Daisy Flowers
Taxonomy of Gerbera Daisy Flowers: Plant taxonomy classifies gerbera daisy flowers as Gerbera jamesonii
Mole Control in Lawn and Garden
Mole control is an one element of lawn care and garden pest control. But before you can get rid of them, first learn the difference between moles and voles.
Daphne Shrubs
Daphne shrubs are plants that bear fragrant flowers. Carol Mackie plants have white to light pink blossoms and variegated foliage.
Blue Star Juniper
Blue Star juniper shrubs bear bluish-silver foliage. This slow-growing bush is a dwarf, forming a compact mound with densely packed foliage.
Hosta Plants
Hosta plants do bloom but are grown for their foliage. Leaf color, as shown in my pictures, is quite varied. Learn about some varieties and how to care for them.
Growing Mountain Laurel Plants
Learn how to plant and care for mountain laurel plants. Kalmia latifolia grows best in acid soil and part shade. Page 2.
Types of Maple Trees: Best Varieties for Fall...
Read this intro, with pictures, to discover some common types of maple trees. I focus on the best varieties for fall color, including red ones.
How To Build a Stone Walkway
Learn how to build stone walkways, if you need to create a sturdy, attractive path from Point A to Point B. You can build a stone walkway that is either curved or straight.
Plants for Wet Areas
Use plants for wet areas as a solution to drainage problems. Vegetation (native plants are often a great choice) has the advantage of offering good looks.
What Does Poison Ivy Look Like?
What does poison ivy look like? Pictures do the best job of answering the question, thus this photo gallery. Use it for positive identification. Page 5.
Vinca Minor Vines
Vinca minor vines are a popular choice of plants for with dry-shade areas. Vinca minor vines bear a bluish flower in spring.
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Burning Bush Shrubs: Illegal Aliens
Learn about burning bush shrubs, those popular but invasive plants. Colorful shrubs with spectacular fall foliage, the plants are classified as illegal aliens.
Dwarf Alberta Spruce Trees
Dwarf Alberta spruce trees will eventually reach 6' tall but only over a long period of time. The green needles have a tight, densely-packed growth habit.
American Holly Trees and Other Holly Plants
Holly plants vary in size and shape. Some are bushes, but the focus of this article is on the growing requirements and uses of American holly trees, Ilex opaca. Page 2.
Planting Easter Lilies
You can plant Easter lilies outside and enjoy their flowers yearly. Learn what it takes to save them after the holiday.
Lantana Plants
Lantana plants are a tropical shrub and a symbol of Florida landscaping, their salt-tolerance making them a favorite flower in seashore communities.
How To Get Started Lawn Mowing
It's okay if you're a novice at cutting grass: it's easy to learn how to mow a lawn. Mowing doesn't take a lot of strength or skill -- just follow these tips.
Virginia Creeper
Learn about killing Virginia creeper here if you don't want it on your land. Also discover the pros and cons of the vine here, including whether it's poisonous.
Home Landscaping Pictures
Home landscaping pictures give numerous ideas for creating your own beautiful yard. My photos illustrate components found in the best landscapes.
Annual Plants
What is an annual? In distinguishing between annual plants and perennials, it's all a matter of the life cycle; I explain the difference here.
How to Get Rid of Poison Ivy
Need tips on how to get rid of poison ivy? Ortho Brush-B-Gon is one effective herbicide, but you can also get rid of the plants using organic methods. Page 3.
Problem: Perpetual Groundhog Day in the Garden
Learn the advantages of live-trapping woodchucks as a pest control measure. Use groundhog traps to avoid a nightmare in the garden. Page 3.
Japanese Maple Trees
In my intro to red Japanese maple trees, I discuss Bloodgood and Crimson Queen, plus one that isn't a red-leaf type. Learn about their fall foliage colors.
Pictures of Evergreen Shrubs
Evergreen shrubs are best for privacy hedges, as they afford screening for all 12 months of the year. These pictures will help you with plant selection.
How to Start a Garden From Scratch
To start a garden from scratch, take stock of the conditions where you'll be opening up the new bed. I supply all the basic info you need here.
Salt Tolerant Plants for Beach Landscaping
Salt-tolerant plants are prized in seashore communities and for roadside plantings in areas where roads are salted in winter. Learn about a variety of examples here.
Yellow Alyssum Flowers: Aurinia Saxatilis
Yellow alyssum flowers are perennial plants suitable for rock gardens. Aurinia saxatilis likes sun and tolerates drought.
Trumpet Vines
Trumpet vines are invasive plants, with showy blooms often of an orange color. Campsis radicans climbs trellises, and its salmon flowers attract hummingbirds.
Arrowwood Viburnum Shrubs
Arrowwood viburnum shrubs grow in wetlands in the wild. This makes these versatile bushes a good choice for wet areas in the landscape.
Bleeding Hearts
Bleeding hearts are perennial flowers and favorites in shade gardens. Give these plants of romance liberal doses of water after flowering to extend their life.
Landscaping Ideas and Pictures
My landscaping ideas and pictures give design help to novices looking to perform yard makeovers. It's just the boost you need for your yard improvement project.
Foxglove Plants
Foxglove flowers will thrive in shade and tolerate dry soil but prefer moderate moisture. Digitalis purpurea plants are poisonous but are also used medicinally.
10 Plants for Dry Shade
Plants for dry shade meet a dual challenge: little water and little light. The tough plants discussed in this article will tolerate these difficult conditions.
Kwanzan Cherry Trees
Kwanzan cherry trees are deciduous flowering specimens. These Japanese specimens flower in spring, when they put on a terrific color display.
List of Shrubs
Consult this list of shrubs before you shop at the nursery. This list describes popular and more unique kinds of bushes for the yard.
What Is Polymeric Sand?
Learn what polymeric sand is and why it is used in working with pavers. Links are also provided to other articles dealing with pavers.
Lilac Bushes
Common lilac bushes bloom in late spring, while forsythias bloom earlier. Plant both to extend the period of spring color in your yard.
How to Get Rid of Poison Oak Plants
How do you get rid of poison oak plants? Although you can kill them with the herbicides described here, eradication can also be accomplished by manual removal.
Fence Pictures
These fence pictures illustrate some of the different materials and styles available. Among these landscaping photos are examples of fence plantings.
Loropetalum Plant
Chinese loropetalum plant (fringe flower) is a shrub. The pink flowers on such types as 'Burgundy' and 'Ruby' betray it as a witch-hazel family member.

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