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The Return of the Mum (Maybe)

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Every fall, magazines show picture-perfect scenes of lush fall mums perking up front porches. And every year, people ask us whether they can plant mums in the garden as a perennial. Our answer is—maybe. Mums fall into two main camps: florist

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Sunflower Days

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A sure sign of late summer is the appearance of sunflower heads—both in gardens and on door wreaths! With their radiant color and sun-disc shape, sunflowers just seem to go with the hazy days of late summer. While sunflowers may

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Hardy Annuals for Abundant Gardens

If the only annuals you plant are the bedding plants that come in plastic packs from the nursery, you’re missing an inexpensive way to make your garden look lush. Annuals grown from direct-sown seeds provide a huge return on very

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Pansies Are for Thoughts (and Cool Weather!)

Viola tricolor, Shakespeare's heartsease.

Pansies are appearing by the truckload in nurseries and gardens alike! Why do we love them so? From their sweet little faces to their multitude of colors, pansies are an ideal choice for perking up a winter-weary landscape.

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Great Containers for Fall

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By late summer, summer pots and window boxes are usually a little crispy, and we know those summer annuals won’t last past mid-October. Fortunately, a whole new crop of fall plants is available for perking up our containers. By planting them

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True-Blue Garden Plants

Blue is a tricky color in the garden. Nearly all the plants we refer to as “blue” are in fact some shade of lavender or purple. But with a little sleuthing, you can turn up plants that will add that

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Annuals and Perennials: What’s the Difference?

Annuals and Perennials: What's the Difference?

One of the first questions new gardeners ask is, “What’s the difference between annuals and perennials?” The short answer is that annuals complete their life cycles—from seed to plant to flower to producing more seed—in one year, and then they die.

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Butterflies in the Borders

If you’d like to bring more butterflies to your garden, plant the flowers they love! Adult butterflies prefer flowers that are either daisy-like with tight centers—daisy, coneflower, yarrow, sunflower, sedum—or have spikes or umbrels—butterfly bush, lavender, mint. They’re particularly attracted

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Bringing the Tropics to Indy

We live in zone 5,  home to summer humidity, wild temperature swings, and frigid winters. Our gardens reflect that reality. But what if you want something that reminds you of your Tahitian vacation? What if you like plants that look

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Super Summer Pots: Warm-Weather Container Gardens

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What could be more cheery than a windowbox overflowing with colorful blooms? Ge the most form your summer pots with our tips.

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