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Kelli Klein

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Gardening Tips

What is the Chop-and-Drop Gardening Technique?

Gardening has its own language and verbiage, which can sometimes be intimidating, especially for beginner gardeners. So, while you may have heard the phrase “chop- and -drop” you might be wondering: What is it? And why do it? Gardening expert Kelli Klein explains how chop-and-drop can benefit your garden.

A line of triangular arborvitae trees stretches along the roadside, their lush green foliage creating a natural barrier. In the distance, a serene cloudy sky paints the backdrop, adding depth to the peaceful rural scene.

Trees

How to Plant, Grow, and Care For Arborvitae

Arborvitae are all the rage for adding a luxurious living fenceline to your landscaping. But what are the care requirements, and how easy or difficult are they to grow? Gardening expert Kelli Klein walks you through the steps to provide optimal growing conditions for your arborvitae hedge.

Shasta daisies bloom with white petals surrounding yellow centers, radiating cheerfulness under the warm sunlight. Lush green leaves serve as a lush backdrop, accentuating the daisies' bright hues and adding depth to the scene.

Flowers

How to Plant, Grow, and Care For Shasta Daisies

Shasta daisies are a stunning and unique hybrid variety that has become an heirloom after over a century of being grown in gardens across North America. They are easy to grow and care for, and this perennial can spread through your garden via rhizomes and seeds. Gardening expert Kelli Klein walks you through the steps of planting, growing, and caring for these tough plants so that you can enjoy them in your garden for years to come!

A serene landscape unfolds, adorned with lush evergreen trees and verdant shrubs, creating a picturesque scene of natural beauty. The background dissolves into a gentle blur, hinting at the vast expanse of dense forest beyond.

Trees

19 Arborvitae Types for Home Landscapes

Arborvitae are wonderful ornamental trees for your landscaping needs, specifically if you want to add a windbreak or living fence line. However, there are tons of types and varieties! So, which variety should you plant? Gardening expert Kelli Klein reviews 19 arborvitae types for home landscaping to help you decide.

A close-up reveals the delicate beauty of Munstead lavenders, showcasing their vibrant purple petals. Against a blurred backdrop of lush greenery, these flowers stand out, their intricate details inviting closer inspection in the serene garden setting.

Herbs

How to Plant, Grow, and Care for Munstead Lavender

'Munstead' lavender is a hardy perennial known for its alluring and calming fragrance. It is easy to grow and drought-tolerant once established. Its beautiful blooms will attract a host of bees and beneficial pollinators to your garden. Gardening expert Kelli Klein walks you through how to plant, grow, and care for 'Munstead' lavender.

White clusters of 'Renhy' hydrangeas adding a soft elegance to the scene. Vibrant green leaves form a lush backdrop, enhancing the purity and elegance of the blossoms, creating a serene garden scene.

Shrubs

13 Beginner-Friendly Hydrangea Varieties

Hydrangeas can be tricky to grow, especially for a beginner gardener. Some varieties are sensitive to poor soil drainage, incorrect soil pH, too much sun, pruning at the wrong time, over-fertilizing, and too much water. Luckily, these 13 beginner-friendly hydrangea varieties will reward you with stunning blooms and low maintenance needs. Gardening expert Kelli Klein describes each variety in detail so you can choose the right one for your garden.

A close-up of a lush flower bed of moss roses, showcasing vibrant pink, red, and yellow blossoms. Each moss rose boasts intricate petal details, creating a visually stunning array. Surrounding the flowers, lush green leaves provide a contrasting backdrop.

Flowers

How to Grow Moss Roses (Portulaca) From Seed

Moss roses are a beautiful flowering succulent ground cover. They are heat and drought-tolerant and easy to grow. In this article, gardening expert Kelli Klein shares all you need to know about growing moss roses from seed!

A cluster of delicate blue flowers blossoming on vibrant rosemary branches. Each petal unfurls gracefully, creating a visually captivating display. Surrounding the blossoms, slender green leaves add an extra layer of freshness to the herbal landscape.

Herbs

How to Grow Rosemary From Seed

Rosemary is a beautiful flowering evergreen perennial that can be grown as both an edible and an ornamental in the garden. It is drought-tolerant once established. It has a moderate level of difficulty when started from seed, but gardening expert Kelli Klein is here to walk you through all the tips and tricks. Starting rosemary from seed is a great way to level up your seed-starting skills.

Close-up of a growing lemongrass from seed plant in a sunny garden. Lemongrass is characterized by its tall, slender stalks that grow in clumps. They have a pale green color and are cylindrical with a slightly bulbous base. Lemongrass leaves are long and linear, resembling blades, and grow in a tuft at the top of the stalks.

Edible

How to Grow Lemongrass From Seed

Lemongrass can be propagated by taking cuttings or by division, but why not try starting it from seed? It is easy and rewarding and will boost your seed-starting confidence! Gardening expert Kelli Klein walks you through the steps.

A close-up of the Octopus Agave plant, showcasing its unique leaves with curled edges and spiky tips. The vibrant green foliage creates a striking contrast against the background of lush greenery and the facade of a sunlit house.

Cacti & Succulents

13 Agave Varieties for Your Indoor or Outdoor Garden

Agaves are often synonymous with deserts and hot, arid climates. But a few varieties can survive winter temperatures as low as 10 degrees Fahrenheit. Whether you want to grow agave indoors in containers or outdoors in your gardens, there is an agave variety for you! Gardening expert Kelli Klein dives into 13 varieties for your indoor or outdoor garden.

A blue-tinged agave forms a large rosette on a backdrop of red rock mulch.

Ornamental Gardens

How to Plant, Grow, and Care for Agave Plants

Do you live in the desert and struggle to grow flowering plants? Or perhaps you want to be more water-wise with your garden. Maybe you’re looking for a plant that will come back year after year with little to no outside maintenance or intervention. Well, look no further than agave. Gardening expert Kelli Klein walks you through how to plant, grow, and care for agave plants.

A coleus plant rests on a gray outdoor table, displaying vivid pink leaves edged in green and deep purple. Adjacently, brown paper pots are neatly stacked, accompanied by a yellow watering can, poised for gardening tasks.

Ornamental Gardens

How to Propagate Coleus Plants

Coleus is popular for its ability to be grown as both an indoor houseplant and an outdoor annual ornamental. They are also easy to propagate, which means one plant can give you an endless supply. Gardening expert Kelli Klein takes you through the steps necessary to have perpetual coleus plants.