Whether you’re a novice or veteran gardener, we’ve got a collection of easy ways to help create the garden of your dreams, without a lot of work. All it comes down to is some careful planning, digging in (literally!) and having fun.
Do some homework
If you’re new to gardening, check the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map
to see which type of plants will flourish in your region. For veterans, analyze your results from last year and chat with neighbors to learn from their mistakes or successes or visit popular, reputable online message boards such as the Helpful Gardener
or visit the National Gardening Association’s Facebook page
Compost like crazy
Any level of gardener needs some serious compost. Create your own with cut grass, leaves and kitchen scraps. Or buy a ready-made bag at a garden store. Then, dig about 2–4 inches deep, put the compost in the dirt and mix with the rest of the soil before planting.
Turn heads and noses
Why spend time planting a so-so garden when all it takes is a little more effort to create one with WOW power? Consider color (think baptisia, goldenrod, purple coneflowers and day lilies), fragrance (how about lavender and Russian sage?) and texture (we like ornamental grasses like blue wheat grass, sedum or foxtail, which are quite easy to grow).
Plants and flowers love a big drink in the morning before temperatures begin to rise. Give your greenery a good soak because light watering doesn’t encourage deep root growth. For more detailed advice, see our article Plant Watering 101