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Use contrasting colors to create drama in your container for gardening. Here, shades of purple mix well together -- and make a stunning contrast for a salmon geranium. This planting grows best in full sun. A. Lobelia erinus -- 3 B. Petunia 'Blue Velvet' -- 1 C. Geranium (Pelargonium 'Fantasia Salmon') -- 2 D. Viola 'Sorbet Purple Duet' -- 2 E. Lavender pink Petunia -- 1/

Great Containers for Gardening

A Gallery of Beautiful Container Garden Ideas A- Lobelia.B- Petunia "Blue Velvet".C- Geranium "Fantasia Salmon".D- Viola " Sorbet Purple Duet.E- Petunia " Lavender Pink"

The secret to cultivating intrigue in the garden? "Always have a curve," Brian says. "You want to keep them guessing -- What's up ahead? What will I discover? You don't need a lot of space to achieve that." Stroll to the other end of this vine-festooned arbor and you'll come upon a 110-foot-long, 15-foot-high wall of water that pours over Roman pillars to create a misty veil for viewing the garden beyond./

21 Easy Ideas to Beautify Your Yard

Pergolas are commonly freestanding structures -- but you can attach a pergola onto the side of your house, shed, or garage, too. It's a great way to save space and add interest to an otherwise ordinary wall./

Add Interest to Your Yard with a Pergola

Enhance an existing structure with a pergola! They are commonly freestanding structures, but you can attach a pergola onto the side of your house, shed or garage, too. It's a great way to save space and add interest to an otherwise ordinary wall.

The most popular ornamental grass, feather reedgrass offers a distinct upright habit that looks fantastic all winter long. Like many grasses, this tough plant tolerates a wide range of conditions. Name: Calamagrostis 'Karl Foerster' Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil Size: To 6 feet tall Zones: 5-9 Plant This Grass Because: It has a nice architectural shape. Native to North America: No/

17 Top Ornamental Grasses

Feather Reedgrass The most popular ornamental grass, feather reedgrass offers a distinct upright habit that looks fantastic all winter long. Like many grasses, this tough plant tolerates a wide range of conditions. Name: Calamagrostis 'Karl Foerster'

Blanket flower (gaillardia) is a drought- and heat-tolerant perennial wildflower that provides long-lasting color in a sunny border with poor soil. In red, gold, or brown, its daisy-like, 3-inch wide, single or double perennial flowers bloom through the summer and into the fall. Although often short-lived, it is easy to grow and will flower the first year from seed./

26 Best Perennial Varieties for Your Garden

Blanket Flower, drought and heat tolerant perennial wildflower that provides long-lasting color. In red, gold, or brown. Summer to Fall.

Spread mulch over the paths between your raised vegetable garden beds and your feet will stay clean, no matter how wet the weather. Because you won't walk on the raised garden beds, you'll be able to run out to grab a handful of fresh basil for dinner without worrying about compacting the soil./

Raised Vegetable Garden Bed Tips and Benefits

Raised vegetable garden beds make vegetable gardening less work. Learn the benefits of raised-bed gardening, how to build a raised garden bed, and raised vegetable garden design tips.

Sweeping fabric shades -- made from yardage, sheets, or other suitable material -- add elegance and beauty to a backyard patio space. Plus, they can be used to shield family and friends from intense rays at key times of the day. In place of a more expensive light fixture, repurpose vintage elements into decorative backyard focal points. Here, nonworking chandeliers are outfitted with candles and trailing vines. /

15 Cheap Backyard Ideas

Sweeping fabric shades -- made from yardage, sheets, or other suitable material -- add elegance and beauty to a backyard patio space.

Give any pergola a makeover with a set of curtains. Here, a black-and-white color scheme blends well with the faded silvery-gray patina of the wood. The outdoor-friendly fabric is easy care, too./

Add Interest to Your Yard with a Pergola

Moonflower (datura) is a beautiful, fragrant trumpet-shaped flower that unfurls its beauty in the evening. While these plants are heat, drought and deer resistant, they are also poisonous.

Datura aka Moonflower-best in smell-Like nicotiana, this annual is perfect for evening gardens as the big, pure white trumpet-shaped flowers are most fragrant as the sun goes down. It's gorgeous and easy to grow as it thrives in hot, sunny weather

Lavatera is an easy-growing annual that will add a romantic feel to your garden. This low-maintenance flower is good for containers or the back of a border and attracts birds.

Get detailed growing information on this plant and hundreds more in BHG's Plant Encyclopedia.

Japanese beetles can devastate your beautiful garden. Our handy guide shows you how to get rid of them.

Stop Japanese Beetles

Japanese beetles can devastate your beautiful garden. Our handy guide shows you how to get rid of them.

Here are 13 of the best summer blooming shrubs that will keep your flower garden looking beautiful all season.

The 13 Best Summer-Blooming Shrubs

Amp up your curb appeal with our easy landscape ideas.

Easy Landscaping Ideas

Easy Landscaping Ideas Landscape design is easy when you break it down into individual ideas. Check out some of favorite landscape ideas and strategies for making a beautiful yard.

This handy list will help you determine which water plants will work best in your water garden. Plus, get design ideas and tips to help your water plants flourish in your landscape.

This handy list will help you determine which water plants will work best in your water garden. Plus, get design ideas and tips to help your water plants flourish in your landscape.