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Katherine Rowe

Katherine is a garden professional with a background in design, conservation, and public horticulture. She holds a master’s degree in landscape architecture and a love of gardens, parks, and natural lands alike. Katherine enjoys exploring gardens and wild spaces through work and travel and designing gardens with nature at the helm.

A close-up reveals the vibrant 'Nellie R. Stevens' holly tree, adorned with glossy, emerald leaves contrasted against ripe, red berries. Each leaf features pronounced, jagged edges, adding texture and depth to the tree's lush foliage.

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How to Plant, Grow, and Care for ‘Nellie Stevens’ Holly

Looking for a vigorous evergreen with multiseason impact? ‘Nellie R. Stevens’ holly grows quickly with attractive form, foliage, and fruits. Loads of bright red berries shine against glossy green leaves in winter. Explore how to plant, grow, and care for Nellie Stevens holly with gardening expert Katherine Rowe.

A close-up reveals a cluster of vibrant yellow Banksia roses, their delicate petals unfurling gracefully. Surrounding them, lush green leaves provide a verdant backdrop, enhancing the brilliance of the blossoms in this natural arrangement.

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17 Roses With Extremely Long Lifespans

Roses bring history and charm to the garden, and many grow for decades with long lifespans in favored locations. Explore rose selections to become long-lasting hallmarks of the garden with gardening expert Katherine Rowe.

A gorgeous open blooming magenta rose climbs a brick wall.

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21 Roses That Will Cover a Wall in a Single Season

Climbing roses and their large, shrubby counterparts bring lush beauty and vertical interest to the garden. They soften structures, brighten corners, and envelop seating areas. They immerse us in color and fragrance. And many of them grow so vigorously that we’ll quickly reap their rewards. Gardening expert Katherine Rowe explores fast-growing rose selections to fill your garden spaces in short order.

A vibrant field of sunflowers stretches towards the sky, their golden petals catching the sunlight in a radiant display of nature's beauty. These cheerful flowers follow the sun's path throughout the day, basking in its warm embrace.

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29 Flowers That Thrive in Full Sun

Full sun in the garden offers endless options for colorful blooms. The sun-soaked landscape improves flowering and vigor for plants needing six or more hours of sunlight daily. Using a blend of perennials and annuals, bring full color to the sunny garden spot with gardening expert Katherine Rowe.

april flowers. Close-up of blooming Primula 'Crescendo Pink and Rose Shades' in a sunny garden. Primula 'Crescendo Pink and Rose Shades' is a delightful variety characterized by its compact growth habit and vibrant, multi-colored blooms. The plant forms low-growing rosettes of oval or lance-shaped leaves with a slightly wrinkled texture, creating a lush backdrop for the flowers. Rising above the foliage on sturdy stems, the blooms showcase shades of pink and rose. These Primula flowers have a classic five-petaled form and a delicate, papery texture.

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15 Flowers to Start Planting in April

Spring is here and the garden is ready for April planting. To bridge the fluctuating temperatures and seasonal conditions of early spring, opt for flowers that thrive in cool conditions. They’ll kick off the garden display with a flourish of cool-season blooms. Here, garden expert Katherine Rowe explores spring annuals and perennials to plant this month.

Numerous dahlias and lush green foliage illuminated by the sun's warm glow. The dahlias boast soft pink petals arranged in multiple layers, creating a delicate and inviting display of natural beauty.

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How to Plant, Grow, and Care for Dinnerplate Dahlias

Once you start growing dahlias, you might not be able to stop. Their long bloom season and spectacular flowers make the extra care they require worthwhile. Look to dinnerplate dahlias for high impact in the garden, with huge flowers measuring up to 14 inches! Explore how to grow dahlias the size of literal dinner plates with garden expert Katherine Rowe.

A vibrant row of pink Piedmont azalea bushes bursts into full bloom within a sun-dappled forest garden. Towering trees, their bark veiled in emerald moss, cast dappled shadows on the colorful display, while other forest plants peek through in the background.

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9 Native Azalea Varieties for Your Shade Garden

Native azaleas make gorgeous specimens in woodland and naturalized gardens. From blush pink to vibrant scarlet, a profusion of spring and summer blooms bring color and fragrance to the early-season garden. Pollinators can’t resist the nectar and pollen. Explore native azalea species with garden expert Katherine Rowe.

A vibrant display of Annual Phlox blooms in shades of pink, white, and lavender. The delicate petals gracefully unfurl, contrasting against lush green leaves. Basking in the sun, these colorful flowers create a lively garden spectacle.

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43 Most Fragrant Flowers to Grow in Your Garden

Fragrance in the garden engages our senses, heightens our garden experience, and deepens our connection to our natural surroundings. Fragrant flowers also serve as a plant superpower, attracting specialized pollinators to each perfumed bloom. Here, we’ll explore top-performing fragrant flowers to incorporate into the garden for lovely scents year-round. Join garden expert Katherine Rowe in collecting fragrant flowers to delight your garden.

A close-up revealing pineberries, small white berries with red seeds, showcasing their unique appearance. These strawberries exhibit an intriguing combination of pale hues and vibrant red seeds, creating a visually distinctive fruit. Atop the berries, delicate green leaves add a touch of freshness to the composition.

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How to Plant, Grow, and Care for Pineberries

Have you tried pineberries? They’re the white strawberries that taste like pineapple and are as pretty as they are tasty. Grow them in your garden with your favorite scarlet strawberries to spice up the collection. Explore how to plant, grow, and care for the lovely pineberry with garden expert Katherine Rowe.

View of English Cottage garden styles. Close-up of an old English cottage with old wooden doors, abundantly covered with climbing Clematis in bloom. Around the house there are flowering hydrangea bushes and an apple tree with ripe fruits. On the porch there are two flowerpots with African daisies in bloom and begonia in bloom. There is a wreath of fresh carnation flowers hanging on the door.

Ornamental Gardens

19 Beautiful Garden Styles for Your Outdoor Landscape

Garden styles bring boundless inspiration, whether designing a new garden, reimagining an existing space, or daydreaming about adding a few new elements. Recognized styles show us what works to create dynamic spaces, with countless opportunities for adding our combinations and preferences. Garden designer Katherine Rowe explores prominent garden styles to inspire beautiful, functional landscapes.

irish plants. Close-up of blooming Shamrocks in a sunny garden. Shamrocks, also known as clover plants, are charming and petite perennial herbs with trifoliate leaves that resemble hearts. These distinctive leaves are a vibrant shade of green and have a delicate mottling, variegation pattern. Shamrocks produce clusters of tiny, star-shaped flowers on slender stems that rise above the foliage.

Ornamental Gardens

13 Irish Plants to Grow this Saint Patrick’s Day

There are many ways to celebrate Irish heritage and culture this Saint Patrick’s Day, including in the garden! Enjoy a breath of fresh air as we explore garden selections inspired by Irish landscapes, folklore, and namesakes. These beauties ensure a verdant garden and maybe even a little luck and fairy mischief.

Close-up of Frosted Explosion grass in a garden. This ornamental grass prized for its unique appearance is characterized by delicate, arching foliage with a frosted, silvery-blue hue. The grass features thin, thread-like leaves that radiate outward from the center in a graceful, fountain-like manner. The grass produces feathery, plume-like flower heads.

Ornamental Gardens

How to Plant, Grow, and Care for ‘Frosted Explosion’ Grass

Frosted explosion grass bursts into the warm season garden with feathery plumes that shine in the summer sun. Its fine texture and showy seeds are prized in floral arrangements. Grow frosted explosion grass quickly from seed to enjoy its unique “filler” qualities in the garden bed, planted container, or floral design. Garden professional Katherine Rowe explores the captivating features of Panicum ‘Frosted Explosion’ - an easy-care annual to brighten the garden this summer.