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Liz Jaros

Liz Jaros is a professional writer and gardener who calls the Midwest home. She divides her time between running a small landscape design business, writing garden content and volunteering as a Certified Master Gardener. Formally educated in both horticulture and journalism, Liz is either working with plants or writing about them. She specializes in urban yard restoration and small property landscaping for metro area homeowners.

A close-up of vibrant green, meticulously manicured round boxwood bushes. Each leaf displays a glossy, deep green hue, reflecting optimal health. These boxwoods are nestled within a meticulously maintained garden, surrounded by a diverse array of plants and towering trees in the background.

Shrubs

Boxwood Shrub Fertilization: 5 Fertilizer Tips

Are your boxwood shrubs looking a little sad and pale? Wondering if a shot of fertilizer might help perk them up? Boxwood shrubs tend to become nitrogen deficient over time, and a proper fertilizer application can help restore their vibrant green glory. But how much and how often should you feed them? In this article, certified master gardener Liz Jaros talks about the boxwood shrub’s specific nutritional needs and offers 5 tips for fertilizing them properly.

A spanish style home with beautiful gardens on a sunny day.

Ornamental Gardens

25 Plants For Spanish-Style Home Gardens

Wondering what to plant outside your Spanish-style home? Want to learn more about Spanish architecture and garden design? In this article, certified master gardener Liz Jaros explores this exotic garden style and profiles 25 plants that will help you get the look.

A modern home is surrounded by a terraced garden filled with diverse plants.

Ornamental Gardens

21 Plants For Mid-Century Modern Home Gardens

Wondering which plants are right for your mid-century home garden? Interested in learning more about the principles of mid-century architecture and landscape design? Certified master gardener Liz Jaros has you covered with this breakdown of mid-century style and a look at the plants that embrace its philosophy.

Close-up of a stunning dark pink dahlia in full bloom, bathed in warm sunlight. Velvet-like petals unfurl, some delicately curled at the edges. The blurred background hints at a charming wooden country house.

Ornamental Gardens

21 Plants for Victorian Home Gardens

Want to know more about Victorian gardens and landscape design? Wondering which trees, shrubs, and flowers will go best with your home’s ornate English architecture? In this article, certified master gardener Liz Jaros takes a look at the principles and philosophy of Victorian garden design and suggests 21 plants that will hit Victorian notes in your yard.

A beige, blue, and rock-walled home features beautiful rock bed gardens.

Gardening Tips

How to Find the Right Plants For Your Home’s Style

Looking for plants that are right for your home but not sure where to begin? Wondering what style of architecture you have and what kind of plants will best enhance it? In this article, certified master gardener Liz Jaros takes a look at the home styles that apply to most residences and suggests plants that are well-suited to each.

A majestic Sugar Maple tree stands tall, its bark displaying intricate patterns and textures. The vibrant orange leaves shimmer in the sunlight. Against a clear blue sky, surrounding lush greenery completes a tranquil forest scene.

Trees

11 Trees That Boost Property Value

Looking for a tree to enhance your property value? Wondering which one is right for your unique landscape? Certified master gardener Liz Jaros has you covered with this look at why trees are a good investment and a profile of 11 trees that will give you the most bang for your buck.

A close-up of Agapanthus plants showcases their vibrant blue flowers with delicate petals, gracefully attached to sturdy stems. The lush Agapanthus plants create a beautiful and lively display, contributing to the overall garden's aesthetic.

Flowers

How to Plant, Grow, and Care for Agapanthus

Wondering if agapanthus might grow well in your garden? Looking for a little more information on this little-known niche plant? In this article, certified master gardener Liz Jaros dishes the dirt on this low-maintenance garden gem and gives you the information you need to plant some yourself.

A close-up of purple flowers adorning the climbing chocolate vine, nestled among lush green leaves. The intricate blooms showcase delicate petals with intricate patterns and vibrant hues. Sunlight gracefully illuminates the scene, highlighting the plant's natural beauty.

Ornamental Gardens

11 Beautiful Alternatives to Chocolate Vine (Akebia quinata)

Love the look and smell of chocolate vine but not allowed to grow it in your region? Wondering what vines you can grow safely that will mimic the desirable traits of this polarizing, herbaceous perennial? Certified master gardener Liz Jaros has 11 beautiful options for you. Read on for a look at their unique characteristics and growing preferences.

A selection of perennial pots features asters, mums, dichondra and Japanese forest grass.

Flowers

21 Perennial Flowers for Your Balcony Garden

Looking for some perennials you can grow on a balcony? Tired of spending money on annuals year after year? In this article, certified master gardener Liz Jaros proposes 21 perennial flowers that are well-suited to container growth and life on the balcony.

A vibrant orange Turk's cap lily blooms magnificently, showcasing deep spots against its petals. The sturdy stem gracefully supports the flower, while a soft blur highlights lush greenery in the backdrop.

Flowers

How to Plant, Grow, and Care for Turk’s Cap Lilies

Want to know a little more about Turk’s cap lilies? Thinking of planting some but not sure if they’re a good fit for your yard? In this article, certified master gardener Liz Jaros breaks down this much-coveted lily species and offers suggestions for growing Turk’s cap lilies like a pro.

Close-up of blooming Stargazer lilies in a garden, against a blurred green background. It features large, upward-facing blooms with recurved petals that display a rich, deep pink or crimson hue, adorned with prominent dark spots and a contrasting white edge.

Flowers

How to Plant, Grow, and Care for Stargazer Lilies

Curious about stargazer lilies but slightly overwhelmed? Hoping to work some into your yard this year, but not sure if you have the right conditions? In this comprehensive guide, certified master gardener Liz Jaros breaks down this much-sought-after lily cultivar and gives you the know-how you need to grow stargazer lilies like a pro.

Close-up of Calanthe orchid discolor flowering plants in a garden against a blurred background. Its robust, pleated leaves form an attractive basal rosette with a glossy, dark green hue. Rising from the center of this foliage are tall, slender spikes bearing clusters of enchanting flowers. The blossoms, which have burgundy-brown petals and sepals, and white petals and labellums, feature a distinctive lip with intricate patterns.

Houseplants

How to Plant, Grow, and Care for Calanthe Orchids

Interested in working some Calanthe orchids into your landscape or container garden next season? Want to know how to care for the Christmas orchid houseplant you received as a gift? In this article, certified master gardener Liz Jaros offers a detailed look at the novice-friendly Calanthe orchid genus.