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If You See a Purple Porch Light, This Is What It Means

People use colored lights to bring awareness to a plethora of different issues. Here's the meaning of purple porch lights.


If You See a Green Porch Light, This Is What It Means

What does a green porch light mean? You may see them around your neighborhood for a very specific reason.

What’s a Bottle Tree—and How Do I Make One?

Bold, recycled and ideal for anyone with a not-so-green thumb, bottle trees are a Southern tradition with deep roots.


How To Garden with Perlite Potting Soil

Perlite, a natural wonder born from volcanoes, is an inexpensive soil additive that will help your garden plants grow faster...

This Is Why Southern Homes Have a “Joggling Board” on the Front Porch

These rocking benches have a rich history in South Carolina.


How to Propagate Succulents from a Cutting, Leaf or Pup

Ready to grow your collection of houseplants? Learn how to propagate succulents to create brand-new plants for free.


Spray-Painted Mums Make Gorgeous Christmas Decorations—Here’s How

Don't toss out your dead mums from October. You can transform them for the holidays with a can of spray...


How to Prepare Your Garden for Winter in Two Days

For a healthy spring landscape, spend a fall weekend preparing your garden for winter. It's easy with our straightforward, how-to...

How To Close Down Your Vegetable Garden for the Winter

While fall winds down, there's still some garden winterization to do. Here's how to handle your final harvest, plus tips...


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7 Perennials You Should Divide in the Fall

Get more plants for less by dividing perennials at the right time.


17 Holiday Door and Porch Decorating Ideas

The most wonderful time of year is (almost!) here. Prepare to welcome guests to your home with these dazzling holiday...


Do Bees Need Water in Winter?

We're bee-lovers here! Learn how to help thirsty bees in winter so pollinators make it through to spring.


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10 Perennials You Should Cut Back Every Fall (And 5 to Let Be)

Winterizing your garden includes trimming back some perennials and leaving others until spring. Our experts tell you what to do...

How to Identify and Fix Common Vegetable Garden Problems and Pests

You spend all summer tending your garden, waiting for that perfect harvest. But plenty of common vegetable garden problems and...


Everything You Need to Know About When to Plant Peonies

This guide explains what you need to know about when to plant peonies—plus, we're sharing the peonies that people can't...


These Red Double Tulips Are Our No. 1 Pick for Fall Planting

A fiery cross between a peony and tulip? We're planting it across our whole yard!


Why Do Tomatoes Split? Here’s Your Answer, Plus How to Prevent It

No matter how knowledgeable the vegetable gardener, everyone has asked "Why do tomatoes split?" at least once in their gardening...


This Is Why Some People Put Netting Over Trees

Have you noticed this around your neighborhood?


How to Grow a Chinese Lantern Plant—the Mesmerizing Bloom You Need in Your Garden

Few plants are as easy to grow as Chinese lantern. They ask for little, but deliver a splash of late-season...


How to Deadhead Hydrangeas, According to an Expert

Deadheading hydrangeas is a cinch with these pro tips.


Myths and Facts About Butterfly Host Plants

It takes more than nectar to increase the variety of species in your garden. Learn about butterfly host plants and...

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How to Plant a Moon Garden for a Dazzling Midnight Display

It's easy to plant an out-of-this-world moon garden. Here's what to do!


Why Is There Mold on My Houseplant Soil and How Do I Fix It?

White, fuzzy growths can appear at the base of your plant seemingly overnight. Salvage your houseplant and prevent moldy soil...


If You See Metal Wrapped Around a Tree, This Is What It Means

Those metal bands, also known as baffles, strapped around trees are not holding the tree together, but they do have...


20 Smart Ways to Boost Curb Appeal

These clever curb appeal ideas will beautify your home, whether you're ready to put the house on the market or...


6 Plants That Attract Dragonflies

Some of the most beautiful of garden bugs, skimmer dragonflies eat pest insects, making them great additions to your garden.


16 Succulent Pots Our Stylists Love

Show off that aloe and agave! These succulent pots and planters chosen by our very own stylists dress up your...