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Laura Elsner

Laura Elsner lives the garden life! She is a certified master gardener and has been gardening professionally for over 15 years. When she’s not out in the dirt running her own gardening business (Calgary Gardener), she can be found reading and writing about gardening, out in her own garden, or fussing over her houseplants. Laura specializes in growing lush and visually stunning gardens, focusing on bloom times and plant choice.

A collection of diverse coleus plants with vibrant foliage in shades of pink, green, orange, and purple, displaying a spectrum of colors. Each leaf showcases a unique blend of hues, creating a striking contrast.

Ornamental Gardens

31 Garden Perennials With Colorful Foliage

Want to add more color and interest to your garden? While flowers steal the show while in bloom, they aren't always blooming. The secret to creating an interesting garden during any point in the season is to add perennials with colorful foliage. Certified master gardener Laura Elsner will walk you through 31 perennials that provide colorful foliage.

pink and white baby's breath in a bouquet.


How to Plant Grow and Care for Baby’s Breath

Whether you are looking to add whimsy to your garden or grow your own cut flowers, baby’s breath is a welcome addition to most gardens. It is a hardy, drought-tolerant perennial that does not require much maintenance. Let Master Gardener Laura Elsner walk you through how to grow and care for baby’s breath.

A close-up captures the pink Nicotiana flowers amidst lush green leaves. The delicate petals gracefully unfold, catching the warm rays of sunlight as they bask in nature's embrace, showcasing their beauty and serenity.


How to Plant, Grow, and Care for Nicotiana

Nicotiana flowering tobacco is a beautiful flower to add to your garden or into container arrangements. The trumpet-shaped flowers come in many colors, and the smell is intoxicating. Certified master gardener Laura Elsner will walk you through how to grow nicotiana.

A close-up of a daffodil field, showcasing vibrant blooms with white outer petals and sunny yellow centers, radiating warmth. The slender, green stems gracefully support each blossom, swaying gently in the breeze. Lush, emerald leaves provide a verdant backdrop, completing the picturesque scene.


31 Daffodil Varieties to Brighten Up Your Spring Garden

How can you tell spring is in the air? Daffodils! When these bright flowers start to bloom it is a sure sign spring is here. But you don't need to choose only plain yellow ones (although those are great too!). Daffodils come in many shapes, sizes, and colors. Let Master Gardener Laura Elsner shows you 31 daffodil varieties that will brighten up your spring garden.

This close-up captures the vibrant beauty of a mass of Calibrachoa flowers. Their delicate petals come in a variety of shades, including red, purple, white, and orange with some blooms even bi-colored, adding to the visual interest. Tiny green leaves provide a subtle contrast to the bright blossoms.


19 Gorgeous Varieties of Calibrachoa (Million Bells)

Thinking about growing calibrachoa, also known as million bells, this garden season? They are a great choice to add bold colors to any of your container arrangements. They also don't require as much deadheading as petunias, and they are much hardier. Calibrachoa comes in so many different colors and patterns. Let certified master gardener Laura Elsner introduce you to 20 different varieties of calibrachoa that will spice up all of your containers this garden season.

This close-up features a cluster of vibrant orange and yellow black-eyed Susan flowers. Their dark, almost black, centers stand out against the cheerful petals. The flowers are clustered together, with delicate green tendrils winding around them.

Gardening Inspiration

How to Plant, Grow, and Care for Black-eyed Susan Vines

If you are looking for a fast-growing vine filled with flowers that bloom all summer, look no further than Black-eyed Susan vine. This attractive vine can be grown in containers, up fences, and up and around other structures in your garden. Certified master gardener Laura Elsner will walk you through how to grow versatile and beautiful black-eyed Susan vine.

A close-up captures the stunning beauty of a luxurious redbud tree in full bloom. The majestic tree boasts a vibrant green canopy overflowing with delicate pink flowers. Flowers form small, tightly packed clusters that resemble tiny puffs of cotton candy.


How to Plant, Grow, and Care for Redbud Trees

Thinking about adding a feature tree to your garden? Have you considered a rescue tree? With its stunning spring flowers and beautiful shape and foliage, it is a striking tree to add to your landscape. Master Gardener Laura Elsner will walk you through growing and maintaining redbud trees.

This close-up features a succulent aloe vera plant called ‘Minnie Belle’. Its fleshy leaves sprawl outwards, each rimmed with a fringe of frosty white spikes, a surprising contrast to the typical smooth aloe edge.

Cacti & Succulents

How to Plant, Grow, and Care for Minnie Belle Aloe

Looking for a fuss-free plant to grow in your home or cactus garden? While there are many aloes, ‘Minnie Belle’ is a small and unique aloe variety. It is a great starter plant for new gardeners and an interesting addition to experienced growers’ collections. In this article, master gardener Laura Elsner will walk you through how to grow ‘Minnie Belle’ aloe.