How-To GardenLearn how to plant and care for vegetables, flowers and more, even if you're a beginning gardener
Gardening is about finding the right combination of sunlight, fertile soil and water that makes your plants thrive and it's about fulfilling your passion — so select plants you love. It’s not about the color of your thumb, whether you sing to your plants, or how in tune you are with Mother Nature and it isn’t as hard as you may believe. However, when you’re a beginner it can be nice to have how to advice for growing the best tomato or an overview of how to plant a rose. Use the resources here as a starting point and in no time you’ll have a beautiful garden.
First-time gardeners are often intimidated by the process—after all there's a lot involved. From amending soil to pruning shrubs, you'll find answers and advice for essentail gardening tasks.
Make your plants healthier and more productive by mastering these four basic techniques.
Flourishing gardens begin at the roots. Here are the ground rules for preparing your soil.
Containers are as complicated as they are chic - and worth every minute of your effort.
HOW TO GROW VEGETABLES & HERBS
Many beginning gardeners find the process of growing their own food rewarding, and not as difficult as they anticipated. Whether you’re looking to start with just a few tomatoes or you’re planning to create a full-fledged kitchen garden, doing your homework on how to plant, care for and harvest your crops will be valuable.
Tomato expert Craig LeHoullier shares his secrets to growing and harvesting the superstars of the summer garden.
Expert tips about where and how to grow microgreens in your own garden.
Our columnist Kevin Lee Jacobs shows us how to build a raised bed garden and explains why it's easy to grow vegetables, flowers, and herbs in these convenient elevated beds.
Gathering and preserving herbs at the end of the season is vital to keeping supplies available after the garden has gone quiet for the winter.
An organic kitchen garden in Healdsburg, California, nourishes body, soul and the local community.
As we head into these last few weeks of summer, lots of garden vegetables are ripe for picking. But what if you have too many vegetables? Kevin Lee Jacobs shows us his no-canning tips for how to preserve beans, herbs, leafy greens, onions, and garlic for up to a year by using the freezer and some pantyhose!
Of all the root vegetables I grow, it is the potatoes that give me the biggest thrill at harvest time. I love to stick my hands in the soil and retrieve the buried bounty, with a yield of eight to ten potatoes for every one that I plant.
HOW TO GROW GORGEOUS FLOWERS
Starting a flower garden doesn’t have to be daunting. Learn how to plant roses, care for camellias and much more. Soon you’ll have lovely flowers everywhere.
Learn how to start a flower garden with advice from top pros on soil testing, color choices, and planting flowers for cutting.
The experts weigh in on properly caring for camellias.
In two videos, David JC Austin from David Austin Roses teaches how to plant a bare root climbing roses and potted shrub roses.
Ever wondered how to grow petunias that will be the envy of your neighborhood or garden club? Here are 10 tips from Wave Petunias to help you grow perfect petunias.
Artist Frances Palmer, famous for her vases and pottery, is also a passionate dahlia gardener. May is a great time to plant dahlia tubers and Palmer gives step-by-step instructions, along with photos of her beautiful dahlia garden in bloom and her beautiful vases.
In our latest column from Marigold and Mint, Katherine Anderson shows how to plant and harvest sweet peas (including how to create a lattice wall) and how to arrange these delicate flowers into sassy summer centerpieces.
How to grow rhododendrons in your garden. And remember, a rhododendron needs three things above all else: drainage, drainage, and drainage.
Our slide show is all about how to grow rose-scented geraniums in the winter and in the summer, indoors and out; how to propagate cuttings into new plants; and how to use the fragrant leaves in cocktail and dessert recipes. Plus: How to perfume your bath with the leaves!
HOW TO GARDEN INDOORS
When winter arrives, your gardening doesn’t have to stop. Try your hand at growing a few plants indoors and you’ll find that it isn’t too hard. Learn how to keep your houseplants happy with proper care and placement.
Get the basics on houseplants: How to water, where to buy, and what to put them in
The ladies of Brooklyn's Twig Terrariums give detailed how-to instructions for making your own moss terrarium.
If you enjoy the company of houseplants, consider cultivating a window garden, which is ideal for showing off plants in the winter. Creating a window garden is easy-you need only to extend the existing sill, and then mount, on the window frame, glass shelves, brackets (if you want them), and lengths of wire (for training vines). In my window garden, I paint horticultural portraits to emphasize the seasons. In this slide show, I'll show you the many different window gardens I've created in my house.
It's easy to fool Mother Nature in these early days of spring-we teach you how to trick the branches of flowering trees and shrubs into blooming early in just four easy steps.
Now is the time to get forced bulbs ready-we show you how! Plus: How a gin cocktail keeps paperwhites short and manageable.
HOW TO CREATE STUNNING FLORAL ARRANGEMENTS
Floral arranging doesn’t have to be left to the florists. With a few tips you can create stunning arrangements with plants and flowers you’ve grown yourself.
Creating striking arrangements doesn't take a genius-or a florist. Our step-by-step guide about how to DIY flower centerpieces at home.
How to make arrangements using herbs and spring flowers that are perfect for the Passover or Easter table.
In our latest column from Marigold and Mint, she takes us to the peony farms of Washington State, highlighting these majestic blooms and pairs the flowers with garden roses for arrangements and bouquets that are the delight of every summer bride.
Ideas from Marigold and Mint about how to make a modern arrangement for mom with cheerful muscari and poppies. Plus: Tips for growing and harvesting muscari for arrangements.
How to make posies and small bouquets for Valentine's Day.
Now that Labor Day is behind us and the kids are heading back to school, Katherine Anderson of Marigold and Mint creates a few late summer flower arrangements with three favorite flowers of the season: sunflowers, zinnias, and dahlias.
Katherine Anderson, our flower columnist, goes to Paris, and comes back with lots of design inspiration. Here, she shows some photos from her trip and shows us how to make a beautifully layered flower arrangement, inspired by her Parisian sojourn.
Inspired by a family trip to Palm Springs, our floral columnist creates fresh arrangements using succulents. Mixed with seasonal flowers and displayed in old silver containers, this is a whole new take on a trendy group of plants.
Our latest Notes from a Flower Farm column, by Marigold and Mint, is a beautiful series of bouquets, all made with purple flowers. Whether arranged in groupings of single specimens or layered in a hand-tied bouquet in a range of tonal hues, these purple flowers are showcased in all of their glory in these gorgeous arrangements. Plus: Tips and tricks for keeping violet flowers at their best.
Our step-by-step slide show explains how to make three different types of yellow flower arrangements, including a spiral hand-tied bouquet and a traditional arrangement in a vase, by using roses, tulips, and other seasonal flowers.
Florist-to-the-hipsters Kathleen Hyppolite of Kat Flower displays her gorgeous arrangements at the Brooklyn Flea, a flea market in Brooklyn, NY. In our slideshow, she shares some great tips about how to condition flowers before arranging and how to load your containers with textures and pops of color.
Our own Anna Stockwell, editorial assistant at GardenDesign.com, shows how to make a tabletop wreath.
Notes from a Flower Farm goes on vacation and gets inspired by the seashore's shells for her latest flower arrangements.
GARDEN-INSPIRED DIY PROJECTS
Looking for a fun project? Get how to info for using flowers, branches and other items from your garden to create clothing, décor and more.
Sun printing on fabric lets you use the plants in your garden to create beautiful patterns, and the resulting fabric can be made into clothing or a framed work of art. We teach you how to make a cyanotype with step-by-step instructions.
Artist Karen Robertson, known for her nature-inspired designs, shows how to transform seaweed into artwork that will remind you of the ocean's beauty for years to come.
Anna Laurent gives step-by-step instructions for how to turn found wood into a magnificent floor lamp that's easy, inexpensive, and super stylish.
A silhouette of springtime tulips to enjoy in winter, an airplant perch, and a glass tube vase-a little vintage, a little rustic, these three wooden plaque projects would be at home in a Victorian sun room or a woodland lodge.
MORE HOW TO INFORMATION
When it comes to gardening your options are unlimited. Learn about special techniques for sowing seeds, get ideas for container gardening and much more.
Mulch: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly. We discuss it all.
Our how-to for using milk and water jugs to create your own planters to sow seeds in the snow. Yes, you can start sowing seeds now, even if you're snowed in, and be rewarded with hardy vegetables and flowers in the summer.
Fresh combinations for container plantings from Seattle landscape designers Glenn Withey and Charles Price.
In a series of guest posts, San Francisco's Academy of Art University will lend its landscape architecture knowledge to Garden Design. Its first post is a handy one-tips on how to help revive a struggling garden.
Photos of Jacqueline van der Kloet's gardens around the world, showing her artful mix of fall bulbs in bloom in public gardens in New York and Holland and at her home.
Our basic guide to growing moss, with photos of our four favorite varieties.