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One of the most anticipated rites of summer is harvesting the first homegrown tomato. Even if you have limited outdoor space, you can still grow tomatoes in containers on a deck, patio or apartment balcony.

Using good potting soil is a simple way to get your outdoor container gardens off to a great start.  

For unbelievable beauty anywhere you want it, pop a hydrangea in a pot and put it where you need it to go! Porch, driveway, balcony, sidewalk, deck. If you can dream it, chances are you can beautify it. No matter if your spot has full sun, dappled shade, or something in between, there’s a hydrangea you can display there.

Do you find dark plants intriguing? Could your garden use a little more mystery? A goth garden might be just your style. Check out these ideas for designing a goth garden and the enchanting elements one might include.

No one wants to see summer’s splendor end, but by growing the types of plants you’ll read about here, your garden can continue to be bursting with vibrant colors well into fall. A flourishing autumn garden includes a mix of many kinds of plants including fresh cool season annuals, grasses with prominent plumes, and perennials with fantastic fall foliage. Take your pick to see what kind of natural portrait you could paint in your own garden this season. 

You can learn more about using orange in your garden in our What’s Your Color? Orange article.

 

Here are 15 Combination Container Ideas that utilize analogous colors. These colors are next to each other on the color wheel and blend well together.  There are several different sets of analogous colors to consider and a wealth of ways to combine orange with similar colors to create vibrant options for your garden.

Orange may not be the most popular color for gardeners, but don’t hold that against it. 

Knowing a bit about color theory can help you design color combinations that really stand out. One color scheme is called a  color triad. This way of combining colors uses an equilateral triangle that is put in the middle of a color wheel. Choose the color that each tip of the triangle touches and you’ll have a color triad. In this case we used a very simple, 6-color color wheel, which yields one color triad composed of orange, violet and green.

Trying new flowers in my garden is one of my favorite things to do—the sheer possibilities make me a little giddy!

Think of any spot in your garden and there’s likely an ornamental grass to fit. This versatile group of plants suits all sorts of uses in landscapes and containers, even in water gardens. Though most prefer quite a bit of sunshine, some grasses can handle filtered shade. Let’s take a look at five ways to use ornamental grasses in your garden this season.

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