Garden Planning

8 Plants You’ll Barely Need to Water

Two experts share their favorite drought-tolerant plants that will make your life easier (and help you save water)!

9 Gardening Tips for Beginners

Four experts tell you everything you need to know to get growing—even if you don’t have a green thumb.

8 Basic Gardening Tools Every Newbie Needs

Get your green thumb ready with these picks.

7 Eye-Catching Outdoor Lanterns

Get a beautiful glow—no juice cleanse required! Just display one of these lanterns and let the flickering light add ambience to your space (and your face).

8 Gorgeous Garden Stools

Use one of these multi-purpose stools as a stylish seat, a sweet display for blooms, or a perch for a platter of hors d’oeuvres.

How to Compost

Composting reduces your home’s waste, helps the environment, and refreshes your flower beds.  Get started with these FAQs.

Month-by-Month Guide to Vegetable Gardening

How to prep, plant, and maintain your garden for a bountiful harvest every season.

 

8 Steps to a Vegetable and Herb Container Garden

Flowerpots on a windowsill, a terrace, or a patio can provide delicious food all summer long. Here are the simple how-tos for growing a container garden.

Readers’ New Gardening Uses for Old Things

Real Simple readers share their secret double-duty gardening tools.*

How to Create a Cutting Garden

Here’s a step-by-step guide that’ll have you in centerpiece heaven before you can even say “Snip.”

How to Plant a Garden by Color

A simple way to choose plants (issues of sun and soil aside) is by color. Even the most basic approach yields gorgeous results, as seen here.

10 Gardening Mistakes You May Be Making

Digging up flowers instead of weeds. Drowning the tulips. Real Simple readers reveal their growing woes and garden design pros plot out the solutions.