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10 Houseplants That Can Survive in Even the Darkest Corner

These low-light varieties won't want anything to do with your already crowded windowsill. Calathea Its patterned leaves (in colors like rose, white, and yellow) make this plant a welcome addition to any room — and too much direct light might actually...

12 Houseplants That Purify Your Home’s Air

We don't need to give you the hard sell on houseplants: They instantly add color, vibrancy, and a breath of fresh air to your space, no matter the size. As it turns out, these greens — ferns, palms, and ivy...

30 Indoor Plants That Are Almost Impossible to Kill

Green thumb or not, these plants are tough enough to withstand (almost) any neglect from their owners. If your home ends up with one of these nearly indestructible greens, just try to remember to tend to its low-maintenance needs and you...

How to Defend Your Garden Against Japanese Beetles

Eastern gardeners are all too familiar with how Japanese beetles (Popillia japonica) skeletonize leaves and demolish plants, especially roses and grapes. Even the larvae feed on organic matter and grass roots, potentially causing a great deal of damage to your lawn. Help protect your...

How to Control Pesky Cucumber Beetles in Your Garden

You know you might have a cucumber beetle problem if your plant leaves are yellowing, wilting, or have holes appearing on them, or if your seedling stems are being chomped on. (Whether you're starting your first garden or switching to...

7 Indoor Plants That Can Actually Purify the Air in Your Home

All plants release oxygen through photosynthesis, but some special species may have built-in air-filtering systems, too. A famous 1989 NASA study found that several common houseplants may actually remove carcinogenic chemicals like benzene and formaldehyde from the air in a controlled lab setting. While...

The Garden Anyone Can Care For

A terrarium is an easy way to add some green to your home, even if you're lacking a green thumb. DIY your own with these step-by-step instructions from the new book, The House Gardener. Step 1 Put a layer of clay gravel,...

How to Plant a Fall Garden and Grow Late-Season Crops

You may be in full summer-harvest mode, picking zucchini, tomatoes, and basil every night; or, maybe you got sidetracked this spring and your plans to get the vegetable garden going just never quite materialized. Either way, it’s already almost August, and in...

How to Grow Hardy Boxwood Hedges That Resist Blight

According to a survey of 4,000 landscape professionals, boxwood (Buxus) is the most popular shrub in America. And yet, about a decade ago it was nearly impossible to find boxwoods at home-improvement stores. Why the sea change? Boxwoods were...

How to Build a Simple Raised Garden Bed

There are a whole lot of reasons to build raised vegetable gardens — the kind that sit above ground within a frame made of wood or other material. If your land has sandy, claylike, or hard-packed soil (or if you don’t...