Great Plants and Gardens Start Here

This site is full of how-to, no-nonsense growing guides and I hope you'll be able to have a better garden after reading them.  From annuals to right through to vines, I've written an article about it (or will if I've missed one you want covered). :-)

Perennials are not covered here, see the side navigation links for their own site.

I'm Doug Green, a semi-retired nurseryman who used to produce 1600 varieties of perennials and 6-800- varieties of annuals every spring in my nursery and garden center.  I stopped doing that to write and have written 8 paper books and a growing number of e-books. Not to mention my three websites.

My objective here is to help you have a better garden so I've put forms on all main pages so you can ask for clarification about the articles or suggest changes. I hope you use those.


Tis a gift to be simple. Tis a gift to be free.
Tis a gift to come down where we ought to be.
And when we find ourselves in a place just right
T'will be in the valley of love and delight.

Shaker Hymn

My nursery was named Simple Gifts Farm for this Shaker song and I kept the name for my plant website.  Call me sentimental. :-)

vegetable pumpkin

Organic Vegetable Gardening With Q&A forms

vine clematis

Vines: From Great To Terrible.  Realistic Answers

tulip prinses irene
Flower Bulbs you can have bulbs in bloom from spring to fall
herb borage
Herb Gardening From fragrance to culinary to downright useful, here's how to grow them.
Biological Pest Control we identify your insects here (hundreds of pics of identified insects already) and we tell you how to control some of the worst ones.
Houseplants Practical tips on growing houseplants you'll be able to use on almost all plants.
raspberry fruit
Growing Fruit in the Backyard Garden covering the common small fruit you'll be likely to grow
red rose
Roses I've grown them for years, written two book and here's what you need to know.
Garden Pictures Some of my favorite as well as some reader submitted pics.
plant disease botrytis
Basic Plant Diseases in the Home Garden These are the basic diseases that almost everyone will see sooner or later.
annual impatiens
Annual Flowers are easy long-blooming plants for simple gardening.
shrubs - spirea
Shrubs in Your Backyard The basic tips for success with growing shrubs in the landscape

Fall Crocus