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Kelli Klein

Two vibrant agave flowers, with sunshine yellow and lime green color, reach skyward against a canvas of clear blue sky. Their long, slender stems stand tall and proud, topped with whimsical, spiky blooms that resemble colorful bottle brushes.

Cacti & Succulents

Do Agave Plants Bloom?

Agave is a beautiful drought-tolerant plant adept at surviving the harsh conditions of the desert. It needs little in the way of outside care, maintenance, or water to thrive. They can make a stunning border plant in your landscaping. But do they bloom? Gardening expert Kelli Klein answers this question for you!

Growing oak from acorn. Close-up of several sprouted acorns in the soil. The sprouted oak acorn, the seed of an oak tree, exhibits a remarkable transformation as it begins to germminate. And small, pale shoot emerges from the top. This shoot gradually elongates into a slender stem, bearing the first set of tiny, delicate leaves.

Trees

Can You Grow Oak Trees From Acorns?

Oak trees are a beautiful, long-lived tree that provides food for both animals and humans (yes, you can eat acorns, too, once they have been properly prepared). But you might be wondering, can you grow oak trees from acorns? Garden expert Kelli Klein answers this question for you!

A close-up of a snowberry shrub showcasing green leaves and brown stems, bearing clusters of pristine white snowberries. In the background, a soft blur unveils a profusion of ethereal pink snowberries, gently enhancing the scene with a subtle palette shift.

Shrubs

How to Plant, Grow, and Care for Snowberry Bushes

Snowberries are beautiful perennial shrubs known for their clusters of small pink and white flowers and snow-white berries. And the best part? They're native to North America! In this article, gardening expert Kelli Klein shares how to grow snowberry bushes successfully.

Close-up of a flowering Hylotelephium telephium plant covered with a layer of snow in the garden. The plant receives snow benefits. Hylotelephium telephium, commonly known as stonecrop or sedum, is a perennial succulent that features fleshy, succulent leaves arranged in rosettes. It produces flat-topped clusters of star-shaped flowers that are pink in color.

Gardening Tips

7 Benefits of Snow in the Garden

As the winter solstice approaches, you might be surprised to learn that there are some benefits to a layer of snow for your garden. Garden expert Kelli Klein walks you through some reasons why you might want to wish for a snowy winter.

A cluster of orange calla lilies gracefully reaching towards the sky. Each flower exhibits a unique curve and contour, showcasing the intricacy of its petals as they unfold, creating a mesmerizing dance of color and form.

Flowers

How to Plant, Grow, and Care for Calla Lilies

Have you ever seen a beautiful bouquet of calla lilies and thought they must be time-consuming or difficult to grow? Well, they are very easy to care for. Gardening expert Kelli Klein walks you through how to plant, grow, and care for this flowering perennial. Even if you live in a growing zone where the ground freezes, you can still grow calla lilies!

A close-up of a dogwood tree reveals its intricate branches, gracefully reaching for the sky. Adorning these branches are delicate pink blooms, like nature's own confetti, celebrating the arrival of spring.

Trees

How to Plant, Grow, and Care for Dogwood Trees

If you live in North America, chances are you’ve noticed beautiful spring-flowering dogwood trees. But did you know that they are just as at home in your landscaping as they are in the forest? Gardening expert Kelli Klein walks you through how to plant, grow, and care for dogwood trees.

Close-up of Iris sibirica 'Black Joker' flower against a blurred green garden background. The falls, which are the lower petals, are deep maroon-purple with prominent, intricate veins of a lighter purple and golden hue. These falls have a velvety texture and a slightly recurved shape. The standard petals are often slightly lighter in color.

Flowers

15 Varieties of Siberian Iris for Your Garden

Siberian irises are smaller than bearded irises but still produce stunning blooms! These hardy perennials make a great border in your flower garden. But which variety should you choose? Gardening expert Kelli Klein will introduce you to 15 of our favorite varieties of Siberian iris that deserve a spot in your garden.

Full, bright green arugula sprouts from rich garden soil.

Vegetables

How and When to Harvest Arugula 

You’ve sown the seeds and nurtured your seedlings. Your arugula plants look great, but when do you harvest? Gardening expert Kelli Klein explains not only when to harvest your arugula but also how to keep the plants producing and creating future food.

A gardener prepares biodegradable seed pots for planting and surface sows seeds.

Gardening Tips

Starting Seeds vs. Buying Plants: Pros and Cons

It’s likely one of the first questions on a new gardener’s mind. Should you buy plants at the local nursery or big box store? Or sift through a catalog, picking out packets to start your plants from seed? Gardening expert Kelli Klein reviews the benefits and drawbacks of each.

A gardener uses red-handled bypass pruners to deadhead a withered yellow rose bloom.

Gardening Tips

How to Deadhead Flowers for Repeat Blooms

You may have heard the term deadheading, but do you know what it means and why it's important? Gardening expert Kelli Klein walks you through the benefits of deadheading and how to successfully complete this regular maintenance to produce more blooms.

start strawbale garden

Gardening Tips

11 Tips for Starting a Straw Bale Garden

In gardening, there are many options for growing plants, including in-ground, containers, raised beds, and hydroponic systems. Why choose to plant in a straw bale garden? Gardening expert Kelli Klein shares the benefits of straw bale gardens and how to build your own!