Photo by: Barbara Ries

How to Plan an Heirloom Vegetable Garden

An organic kitchen garden in Healdsburg, California, nourishes body, soul and the local community

Photo by: Sharon Kingston / Shutterstock

Garden Soil 101

Flourishing gardens begin at the roots. Here are the ground rules for preparing your soil.

Photo by: Tim Street-Porter

Planning an Outdoor Kitchen

Expert advice on planning and designing an outdoor cooking space.

Photo by: Abbie Allardyce.

Winter Planning

While your garden lay asleep for the winter, take a step back and spend some time on planning you garden. Landscape designers in Los Angeles, Connecticut, and Chicago share helpful insights on what you can do now to enjoy your garden this summer.

Photo by: Kevin Lee Jacobs

How to Design a Window Garden

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.

Photo by: Tom Mannion

Tips for a Kitchen Garden

Award-winning international garden designer Arne Maynard shares six tips for getting a kitchen garden started.

Versatility of Espaliers

Providing interest and life to an otherwise dull visual space, espaliers can work in almost any garden type: big and small, formal and informal, grand and modest. In this article, Nick McCullough presents a list of recommended fruit-bearing and ornamental trees that work great as espaliers, tips and tricks for training them, and photographs that display their versatility.

Photo by: Kevin Lee Jacobs

My Garden: From Parking Lot to Rose Garden

Kevin Lee Jacobs shares how he transformed his backyard from a parking lot to a spectacular rose garden, using a mix of cuttings, new plants, and of course, blood, sweat, and tears.

Photo by: John Chaffetz

Urban Gardening: All You Need to Know to Get Started

In a series of guest posts, San Francisco's Academy of Art University will lend its landscape architecture knowledge to Garden Design. Its second post provides tips on how to build an urban garden.

Photo by: Bill Marken

Stretch the Season with Container Plantings

Fresh combinations for container plantings from Seattle landscape designers Glenn Withey and Charles Price.

8 Tools for the Beginner Gardener

The basic tools that every gardener-beginner or advanced-needs in their shed.

Designing a Backyard Shed

Ten design tips for creating the backyard shed of your dreams

Photo by: Brenda Weaver

Walkways: Lay Your Own Path

Given enough patience and back strength, anyone can install a basic garden path, says landscape designer Michael Donnellan of Summerhill Landscapes in Sag Harbor, N.Y. Learn more about walkway design on

Photo by: Denis Vrublevski/Shutterstock.

Shape Shifters

The artful pruning known as topiary has captured imaginations for centuries

Photo by: Rob Cardillo.

The Craft of Interplanting

Dutch garden designer Jacqueline van der Kloet knows-and shows-how to mix it up

Photo by: Giles Barnard.

Grow Your Own Rhododendrons

How to grow rhododendrons in your garden. And remember, a rhododendron needs three things above all else: drainage, drainage, and drainage.

Photo by: Todd Coleman

Greens Glossary

Our photo glossary of 14 types of lettuce (and other spring greens), including romaine, mache, and bibb.

Photo by: Michael Kraus

Set In Stone

Long overlooked, gravel is finally being recognized for its enduring beauty.

Photo by: Jason Dewey

Hamptons Haven

A bountiful, four-season Oehme, van Sweden garden on Long Island breathes new life into an 18th-century farmstead

Photo by: Philippe Perdereau

Magic Number: Piet Blanckaert's Textural Garden

In Belgium, proof that a restrained palette of just eight plants can have exuberant results

Photo by: William Geddes

Mara Seibert's (Seibert & Rice) Garden

Two sloping Short Hills, New Jersey, acres play stage to a graduation party

Where Do New Plants Come From?

Either by making or finding them, new plants are constantly arriving on the scene - here's how to get a sneak peek

Planning Tips for a Garden Remodel: Tips on remodeling your backyard from scratch

Gardening Advice: Starting Seeds Under Fluorescent Lights: How to grow seeds under fluorescent light

Using Moss as a Design Element: Moss creeps westward, from traditional-style Japanese gardens into our own backyards

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