Don’t spend cash on gardening magazines because every garden website on this list of 22 is free, and will suit beginning gardeners and expert and professional horticulturists alike.
Magazine-related garden websites
Organic Gardening – This garden website of the popular magazine of the same name is dedicated to living an organic lifestyle. It mostly caters to food growers, but it also has information about flowers, birds, and landscape design.
Better Homes and Gardens – Better Homes and Gardens is very mainstream, and their articles encompass everything about a home, including decorating ideas, pet care, entertaining, and gardening. Despite covering so many topics, BHG’s gardening section is still extensive. It contains information about flowers, regional gardening, landscaping, and lawn and yard care. It boasts a plant encyclopedia, as wells as interactive tools for designing a garden or deck.
Garden Design – Ideas abound on this garden website. It is well-organized, offers new and unique landscaping ideas, and even offers a free newsletter.
Fine Gardening – Fine Gardening is a popular magazine among gardeners, and their garden website is a glorious incarnation of the magazine. The website shares tons of articles and videos loaded with useful gardening information. Also included are a discussion forum, photo gallery, and links to gardening blogs.
Vegetable Gardener – From the creators of Fine Gardening, this garden website was specifically made for veggie growers. Included are growing tips, but also recipes and videos.
Television-related garden websites
HGTV – This cable network, owned by Scripps Network, LLC (of Travel Channel, Food Network, HGTV and DIY Network fame), features a section on their website for outdoor living. Not only do they offer up advice about decorating yards, decks, and patios, but they also have a lot to say about gardening and landscaping. Some topics that they cover include composting, weeds, trees, mulching, and so much more.
HGTVGardens – An extension of HGTV, this garden website is part of Scripps Network, LLC. It has a plant finder, free newsletter, and plenty of uploads from users.
DIY Network – Another Scripps Network, LLC offering, this is the garden section of DIY Network’s website. It has do-it-yourself garden projects, and garden and landscape how-to’s.
Forum-style garden websites
GardenWeb – GardenWeb calls itself “The Internet’s Largest Home and Garden Community.” This is truly a place where you can interact with gardeners from all over the world. This garden website’s users can share their knowledge and expertise by answering questions posted by other members. There is also a huge plant and seed exchange that is categorized by plant and state or region. GardenWeb also has the HortiPlex Database for users who want to search for specific plant information. It is free to join GardenWeb.
Garden Guides – According to Garden Guides, the mission of their garden website “is to be the best online resource for gardening enthusiasts.” They state that they “have been a popular internet resource for many years, due to [their] collection of top-quality gardening information, including gardening how-to’s by top garden writers, plant fact sheets and guide sheets, seasonal tips and garden techniques, garden recipes, and much more.” This is the garden website to go to for those who enjoy watching videos because they have tons of them!
Hometalk Gardening – According to Hometalk, “Gardening is one of the hottest topics on Hometalk. Whether you’re gardening as a profession, or as a hobby, you’ll find awesome gardening inspiration on Hometalk. Users can find photos, advice, and do-it-yourself projects on this forum-style garden website.
Gardening Club – The Gardening Club’s website has changed to be part of a digital media group called Scout. It has an attractive interface with magazine-style articles combined with striking photos. Their Gardening How-To magazine is also available for download. It’s a nice garden website for gardening beginners.
Blog-style garden websites
You Grow Girl – Organic gardener, Gayla Trail, has been online since 2000, according to You Grow Girl. It also states that it is “a place for gardeners, plant lovers, explorers, cooks and eaters, readers and writers, walkers, lookers, wonderers and wanderers, collectors, creators, tinkers, savers, builders, and those born curious.”
Garden Rant – According to Garden Rant, it has been “uprooting the garden world” since 2006, when a group of gardeners got together to tell their stories, opinions, and garden tips and tricks to the world. Their posts are known to be funny and witty, yet informative.
A Way to Garden – According to this garden website, its creator Margaret Roach is an expert who was a garden editor for Martha Stewart Living. She is a proponent of organic gardening, and shares gardening tips, photos, recipes, and more on the website.
Life on the Balcony – Gardening guru, Fern Richardson, gives advice and ideas on this garden website about container gardening and gardening in small spaces. She is also the author of Small Space Container Gardens, according to this garden website.
Urban garden websites
Urban Organic Gardener – This is a garden website that provides inspiration to start gardens in small urban settings.
Urban Gardens – Their tagline is “Unlimited thinking for limited spaces.” What makes this garden website unique is that it features many urban garden settings from around the globe. Its founder, Robin Plaskoff Horton, says the Urban Gardens website is “ where [she shares her] love affair with urban style, design, and nature.”
Photo-filled garden websites
Houzz Outdoor Living – This section of Houzz is impressive. Like in all sections of Houzz, users can save photos in their own ideabooks. Users can also rate, review, and comment on the services, products, and ideas shown in the photos. Users can upload, share, and give advice to other gardeners and landscapers.
Casasugar Outdoor Living – This garden website is a small part of Popsugar. It’s not as extensive as other garden websites, but it has great photos and articles on luxurious outdoor lifestyles.
Apartment Therapy Outdoor – This section of Apartment Therapy is the place for bargain shoppers and people who live in small spaces. They show gardeners how to make the most of their patios, balconies, and side yards. The photos are beautiful, and the before-and-after photos are a fun addition.
Gardenista – This garden website has large beautiful photos that link to informative, professionally-written articles. The photos make it easy to find inspiration on this garden website. In fact, Gardenista calls itself “The Sourcebook for Cultivated Living.”
The author of this article, Anna Sanchez, also has a garden blog of her own called Tiny Garden Adventures.