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The Willow tree features slender, flexible stems and long, narrow, lance-shaped leaves with finely serrated edges that flutter in the breeze.


How to Plant, Grow, and Care For Willow Trees

Willow trees have a graceful, almost magical look to them. They are well suited to moist locations near ponds and wetland borders. In this article, gardening enthusiast Liessa Bowen introduces the diverse world of willows and how to best grow these trees in your landscape.

A group of fresh cucumbers with their vibrant green skins gleaming brightly in the light.


7 Reasons You Have Misshapen Cucumbers

Are your cucumber plants producing stubby, C-shaped, or curvy fruits? Do you wish to trade these misshapen fruits for straight cucumbers? In this article, farmer Briana Yablonski will share some common reasons why cucumber plants develop funny-looking fruits.

The Astrantia plant showcases deeply lobed, palmate leaves and intricate, pink, star-shaped flowers surrounded by papery bracts.


How to Plant, Grow, and Care For Astrantia

Sometimes, you’re looking for a flower that’s showy but not gaudy, delicate looking yet hardy, likes a partially shaded location, and perhaps even makes an excellent cut flower. Astrantias certainly fit this description with their sturdy pincushion-like flowers and neat clumps of vegetation. In this article, gardening enthusiast Liessa Bowen will discuss everything you need to know to grow a beautiful, long-lasting astrantia patch in your moist, shaded garden plot.

A large white Labrador sits on a raised bed in a garden with growing tomato bushes next to a white basket filled with freshly picked tomatoes.


Are Tomato Plants Toxic To Dogs and Cats?

Keeping your pets safe from garden dangers is a top priority. If you’re afraid of your dog or cat munching on tomato plants, here is the science on whether or not tomatoes are toxic to animals, plus tips for keeping pets away from your tomato patch.

A close-up of a spotted bee balm flower, vivid purple petals in focus against a softly blurred backdrop of green leaves.

Ornamental Gardens

How to Plant, Grow, and Care for Spotted Bee Balm

Spotted beebalm is a perennial that goes by many names. You might hear it referred to as horsemint, monarda, or just beebalm. Whatever you choose to call it, spotted beebalm is the superior beebalm for your pollinator patch or medicinal herb garden. Not to mention, it is drought-tolerant and native to North America. Gardening expert Kelli Klein talks all about establishing horsemint in your garden.

A spacious wooden raised bed overflowing with vibrant green squash plants.


How to Grow Squash in Raised Beds: 9 Pro Tips

If you want to grow tender green zucchini or sweet butternut squash in a raised bed, take a minute to learn some tips from a pro. In this article, farmer Briana Yablonski shares how to deal with pests, prevent diseases, and choose the right type of squash for your garden.

The Endless Summer Hydrangea features large, glossy green leaves and abundant, rounded clusters of vibrant blue and pink flowers.


How to Plant, Grow, and Care for ‘Endless Summer’ Hydrangeas

Endless Summer hydrangeas showcase the classic mophead hydrangea blooms we need in our gardens. This hardy collection of hydrangeas spans growing zones with reliable reblooming and long-lasting seasonal color. Explore the merits of an ‘Endless Summer’ with gardening expert Katherine Rowe.