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Even though the official first day of summer isn’t for another few weeks, the kickoff to outdoor entertaining begins this weekend! Make sure you and your garden are ready with plants to help keep the bugs away, gorgeous paths to wander down, colorful flowers, tasty herbs for summer meals, and more! Whether you’re planning backyard barbecues, evening gatherings, or lazy afternoons with friends, let’s make this summer in your garden the best one yet! 

Mosquito Repellent plants, lavender, lemon grass, basil, catmint, marigold

There’s not much that will ruin an evening in the garden quicker than an invasion of mosquitoes. Discover 12 plants that add color to your garden and patio, plus help keep mosquitoes at bay. Also, learn other natural remedies to make your outdoor areas a no-fly-zone! 


Stone path in garden

As you prepare for summer gatherings and outdoor entertaining, don’t overlook the importance of garden pathways. These essential features connect your garden rooms, provide easy access, and integrate your outdoor space with your home. Learn how to create functional and attractive garden paths, perfect for summer entertaining. Photo by: Janet Loughrey. Designer: Jenn Ferrante.


Supertunia petunias

If you’re looking to add vibrant color to your garden this summer, you have to try Supertunia® petunias! These flowers are amazing—it’s no wonder they’ve won over 1,400 awards! They’re perfect for containers, hanging baskets, or in your landscape beds and borders. And, the best part is, they don’t need any deadheading to keep them looking great. Pictured: Supertunia® Vista®Jazzberry, the 2024 Annual of the Year from Proven Winners. 

Herbs growing in clay pot

Herbs picked straight from the garden add so much flavor and freshness to summertime recipes: add just-picked rosemary to potatoes cooked on the grill, muddle mint in a glass for a refreshing mojito or iced tea, or use fresh basil to make pesto for a light pasta dinner or strawberry basil agua fresca (recipe here). Learn how to start your own herb garden and add some fresh-from-the-garden flavor to your favorite summer recipes. 

Need ideas for what to grow? 15 Easy Herbs


Powdery mildew on squash leaf

Powdery mildew thrives during the warm days and cool nights of late spring and early summer. If you’re not sure what to do when it strikes, we’re here to help! Learn what steps you can take to treat and prevent outbreaks, plus which plants are more susceptible than others.