Raised beds offer many benefits for vegetable garden design. You can fill them with any type of soil you want (an advantage if your ground is full of clay, sand, or rocks). Raised beds also warm earlier in the spring so you can get a jump on the planting season. And, if you build them 3 to 4 feet wide -- so you can easily reach the middle from both sides -- you'll never compact the soil by stepping on it./

Essential Tips to Planting an Eye-Pleasing Vegetable Garden

Raised beds for a dream garden. I love the function meets style of this beautiful vegetable garden. I especially love the white fence.

One of the toughest plants that grow in the shade garden, bigroot geranium (Geranium macrorrhizum) doesn't mind heat or drought. And, deer and rabbits typically pass it by in search of tastier morsels. This shade plant puts on a spring show with pink or white flowers; some varieties also offer outstanding fall coloration in their woodsy-scented foliage. Bigroot geranium is hardy in Zones 4-8 and grows 2 feet tall. Top Picks: 'Album' offers white flowers; 'Ingwersen's Variety...

Our Favorite Shade Garden Perennials

Geranium - One of the toughest plants in the shade garden, bigroot geranium (Geranium macrorrhizum) doesn't mind heat or drought. Plant it with: Add height and interest to your shade garden by planting bigroot geranium in front of toad lilies.

There's little wonder why old-fashioned bleeding heart (Dicentra spectabilis) is a favorite of plants that grow in shade. In late spring and early summer, it produces pink or white heart-shaped flowers that hang from elegant, arching stems. This top-notch shade plant is hardy in Zones 3-9 and grows up to 4 feet tall. Test Garden Tip: By midsummer, old-fashioned bleeding heart usually goes dormant and loses its foliage. Plant it with astilbe or hosta so you don't end up with a bare...

Our Favorite Shade Garden Perennials

Old-Fashioned Bleeding Heart SHADE garden favorite. In late spring and early summer, it produces pink or white heart-shaped flowers that hang from elegant, arching stems. This top-notch plant is hardy in Zones and grows up to 4 feet tall.

Pay attention to foliage texture, as well as color. Here, for example, purple heuchera makes a lovely contrast against 'Burgundy Glow' ajuga and gray-blue stones./

21 Easy Ideas to Beautify Your Yard

21 Easy Ideas to Beautify Your Yard - Play Up Texture Pay attention to foliage texture, as well as color. Here, for example, purple heuchera makes a lovely contrast against 'Burgundy Glow' ajuga and gray-blue stones.

We often think of a pergola as a square structure that provides privacy when you're underneath it. But change the shape and a long, narrow pergola can provide just as much privacy -- but more interest -- than a fence./

Add Interest to Your Yard with a Pergola

Give Yourself Privacy. We often think of a pergola as a square structure that provides privacy when you're underneath it. But change the shape and a long, narrow pergola can provide just as much privacy -- but more interest-- than a fence.

You won't believe what this garden looked like before! Using the original wide flagstone path, planting beds, and large American elm as starting points, the homeowners better defined the space by adding several large boulders and lighted walking paths. Fortunately, the bald lawn was an easy fix, though it required patience./

Before-and-After Cottage Garden Makeover

Using the original wide flagstone path, planting beds, and large American elm as starting points, the homeowners better defined…

The best garden tips from Better Homes and Gardens./

Our Top 10 Garden Tips

Good gardening tips are essential to any healthy harvest. If youre looking for the most efficient way to enjoy your garden, here are 10 top garden tips to garden smarter, prettier, with more flavor, and with less expense.

Every garden needs a focal point -- and this potting shed provides the perfect finishing touch for a half-acre Kansas garden abloom with perennials and annuals. We love that the homeowner built it himself from recycled windows and lumber he had collected over the years. Trailing blooms cascade from the shed's rain gutter, bringing additional bursts of color to the green and blue facade. Test Garden Tip: Try an easy-to-build garden-shed kit to match the style and architecture of...

Top Backyard Country Gardens

Recycled Treasure - Top Backyard Country Gardens by bhg. Adorable garden shed.

Enjoy colorful blooms in your garden from spring to fall with these 17 easy-to-grow perennials.

Flowering Perennials from Spring to Fall

Enjoy colorful blooms in your garden from spring to fall with these 17 easy-to-grow perennials.

It's easy to fall in love with lavender -- the plant features attractive foliage, beautiful flowers, and a great scent. Plus, it's resistant to drought, deer, and hungry bunnies. The key to success is knowing which type is right for your yard. Here are some of our favorites.

A Gardener's Guide to Lavender

It's easy to fall in love with lavender -- the plant features attractive foliage, beautiful flowers, and a great scent. Plus, it's resistant to drought, deer, and hungry bunnies. The key to success is knowing which type is right for your yard. Here are some of our favorites.

This perky pink-on-pink combination features the bold talents of two rosy hydrangeas: ball-like 'Cityline Berlin' and lacecap 'Shamrock'. A pink Oriental lily gives the bouquet additional texture and a stunning fragrance./

Beautiful Bouquets Fresh from the Garden

This perky pink-on-pink combination features the bold talents of two rosy hydrangeas: ball-like 'Cityline Berlin' and lacecap 'Shamrock'. A pink Oriental lily gives the bouquet additional texture and a stunning fragrance.

These plants were made for the shade! Add color to shady areas with our easy plant-by-number window box ideas.

Easy Recipes for Window Boxes in Shade

from BHG A. Impatiens 'Accent Pink Picotee' -- 2 B. Hosta 'Golden Tiara' -- 1 C. Jacob's Ladder (-- 1 D. Fuchsia 'Thalia' -- 2 E. Ground ivy (-- 3 F. Sweet potato vine -- 1 G. Plectranthus 'Zulu Wonder' -- 2 H.

If you want long-lived tulips, pick the species types. Species tulips are especially suited for growing in rock gardens or tucked into beds and borders. Find out more about the different varieties of tulips to add to your garden.

If you want long-lived tulips, pick the species types. Species tulips are especially suited for growing in rock gardens or tucked into beds and borders. Find out more about the different varieties of tulips to add to your garden.

Weeds are troublesome pests and can be hard to eliminate. Use our guide to identify the common varieties and learn how to remove them safely.

Weed Identification Guide

Guide to Identify Weeds: We get it. Weeds are obnoxious and hard to eliminate. Use our guide to identify the common varieties and know how to remove them safely. Need help now? See our video on how to control weeds in the garden.

Whether you're looking to plant thyme, oregano, chives, or mint, here's the basic herb care you should know before you get planting.

Herb Care Guide

Whether you're looking to plant thyme, oregano, chives, or mint, here's the basic herb care you should know before you get planting.

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