Discover How to Grow Better Plants and Flowers!

(No matter your experience level)

In our book “The First-time Gardener: Growing Plants and Flowers“, you’ll learn tips for selecting the best plants and flowers, best planting techniques, mulching, pruning, and so much more!

There are no stupid questions here. Everyone has to start somewhere, after all. In The First-Time Gardener: Growing Plants and Flowers, we answer all of your questions and more.

Caring for outdoor plantings can be intimidating, especially if the process is completely new to you. Before running to the hardware store to stock up on plastic bags of mulch and tools you don’t really need, arm yourself with the know-how to plant and tend outdoor areas correctly and safely. Doing so saves you time, money, and energy—and helps make the process a whole lot more fun!

With help from this easy-to-follow beginner gardening guide, you’ll learn:

  • Tips for selecting the best plants and flowers for your growing conditions 
  • The best planting techniques for different types of plants
  • How to mulch trees, shrubs, and garden beds correctly 
  • Pruning dos and don’ts for common garden plants
  • Ways to keep weeds out of outdoor areas—without using synthetic herbicides
  • How to recognize and manage different pests and diseases naturally
  • Insider tips on everything from the difference between annuals and perennials to choosing the best organic fertilizer
  • Plus, you’ll find time-management advice and tips for effective, resource-conscious gardening

By the end of our book, you will not only know how to care for your home’s outdoor plantings using earth-friendly methods, but also know the satisfaction of creating and caring for your beautiful, all-natural landscape.


This book is part of The First-Time Gardener Guide series from Cool Springs Press, which also includes The First-Time Gardener: Growing Vegetables. Each book, The First-Time Gardener: Raised Bed Gardening, and The First-Time Gardener: Container Food Gardening. The First-Time Gardener Guide series is aimed at beginner gardeners and offers clear, fact-based information that’s presented in a friendly and accessible way, including step-by-step instructions and full-color illustrations throughout.

1st Time Gardener

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Also, for you bulb-enthusiasts (we LOVE bulbs!) checkout our bulb eBook’s, on our Etsy shop!

  • Be immediately inspired by our eBook “21 Spring-Planted Bulbs For Fantastic Summer Color“! Full of great design and planting information, along with 21 fun and colorful bulb flower pictures. See how to pick, handle, space, plant, and enjoy each of these 21 fantastic summer-flowering bulbs!



  • The perfect basic bulb primer eBook! Our “How To Plant Bulbs” is our foundation eBook for any new flowering bulb gardener out there who just wants the bare-bones-basics on how to get bulbs planted. It’s a quick and easy read chalked full of tips and skills to immediately apply out in your garden right after your read it OR take it out into your garden to follow step by step.