Backyard Stories

Every garden has a story, and that's why we created Backyard Stories. Explore our collection of real-life gardening tales told from the backyards of gardeners we know and love, featuring all the ups and downs, trials and errors, hits and misses, and more.

  • Bright autumn leaves on trees around a pond
    Autumn is a season of change. The leaves explode into color, then fall. The botanical world closes up like an umbrella as flowers fade and . . .
  • Cactus covered in snow
    I have ruined plants in cold temperatures more than once. Some survived but most departed this world and became a lesson for me as a . . .
  • Plants grow in cold weather. I should know, growing up in central Alaska where temperatures regularly tumbled to -60 and even -70 degrees F. (-51 . . .
  • How cold can garden plants tolerate once we shift from summer into fall? It all depends on the plant and its location. But for me, . . .
  • General gardening wisdom says I must dig my gladiolus bulbs in the fall and overwinter them indoors if I want them to survive the winter. . . .
  • As homeowners, we battle a variety of pests that damage lawns and gardens. They eat our veggies, destroy our flowers, and wreak havoc on our . . .
  • The only similarity between my indoor and outdoor decorating style is that neither is too fussy. I don’t spend a lot on decorating, and I . . .
  • Although I usually divide my perennial plants in spring, fall garden division is the next best thing. And where I live (in NC), we have . . .
  • It’s no secret I love my edible garden. Nothing beats eating fresh from your own landscape. I also love my flowers. The perennials are currently . . .
  • Many people list spring as their absolute favorite season, and who can argue with that? New flowers after a long winter brighten the hardest heart. . . .
  • Chrysanthemums have long been one of my absolute favorite plants to grow in the fall. Dwarf potted chrysanthemums were among the very first flowers I . . .
  • Nothing beats chrysanthemum flowers for fall d├ęcor. I love them! Although I live in an area where these plants are hardy, I usually treat them . . .
  • I love spring when the newly greening plants erupt from the soil. Summer has its place with burgeoning temperatures and longer days, and winter is . . .
  • As a new, young gardener, I wanted to do everything right in the garden. That means, during my first year’s gardening, I did way more . . .