Create a great place for potting plants and gardening chores by building this tough, good-looking potting bench. This one is built from cedar to hold up to years of use outdoors. It looks so good that you might decide to use it as a serving station on your deck or patio, too. FREE PLANS at buildsomething.com



In general, remove dead, damaged or diseased stems as soon as you see them. Find out the best time to trim hydrangeas, fruit trees, clipped hedges, roses, deciduous shade trees, evergreens, pines, shrubs, annual and perennial flowers, and berry plants. Also, check out our tips on how to prune different plants!

Alliums for the flower garden. How to grow alliums, what variety to choose. Hardy. Easy. Not susceptible to any serious plant diseases or pests and even ornamental alliums are deer and rodent resistant because they are technically members of the onion family.

The newspaper will prevent any grass and weed seeds from germinating, but unlike fabric, it will decompose after about 18 months. By that time, any grass and weed seeds that were present in the soil on planting will be dead. It’s green, it’s cheaper than fabric, and when you decide to remove or redesign the bed later on, you will not have the headache you would with fabric.

Echinacea ‘Baja Burgundy’ Coneflowers are staple garden perennials that no full-sun border should be without. Like other colors in the Sombrero series, the brand new ‘Baja Burgundy’ lights up the garden with vibrant, alluring flowers. Sturdy and compact in habit, ‘Baja Burgundy’ grows vigorously in well-drained soils and branches to form powerhouse clumps of high-impact flowers all summer.