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Melissa Strauss

Melissa is a writer, hobby gardener, beekeeper and homemaker. She can be found working in her extensive pollinator garden, trolling the local nurseries for unique plant specimens, and tending to the many fruit-bearing plants on her property. Melissa hopes to inspire other gardeners to delve into the rich and fulfilling world of pollinator gardening.

A vibrant, colorful garden border curves around a manicured lawn, creating a visually appealing contrast. The border is packed with a variety of flowers in shades of pink, purple, red, and white, including petunias, impatiens, and verbena.

Flowers

How to Start a Flower Garden From Scratch: 7 Expert Tips

If you see a flower garden in your future but aren’t sure where to start, we have some great advice to set you on the path to success. In this article, gardening expert Melissa Strauss shares some of the hurdles to creating a flower garden and how to get on the right road to a garden filled with color and life.

anthurium varieties

Houseplants

33 Beautiful Varieties of Anthurium

Have you caught the Anthurium bug yet? Houseplant enthusiasts love this exotic plant for its gorgeous leaves and long-lasting flowers. Here are 47 different varieties of stunning Anthurium plants.

Close up of white dogwood tree in full bloom.

Trees

21 Dogwood Tree Varieties for Your Garden

If you are considering adding a dogwood to your garden, it can be difficult to decide upon just one variety of these stunning trees. Here, gardening expert Melissa Strauss shares 21 beautiful varieties to choose from.

Sunlit pink cherry blossoms, a sight of ethereal beauty. Their delicate petals catch the sunlight, casting a soft pink hue. In the backdrop, a blurred canvas of more flowers against the serene expanse of a clear, blue sky.

Trees

27 Spectacular Spring-Blooming Trees

Are you looking for the perfect splash of color to add to your spring garden? In this article, gardening expert Melissa Strauss shares 27 of the most stunning spring-blooming trees for your landscape.

Towering above the lush foliage, the slender stems of baptisia flowers stretch towards the sky, creating a striking vertical presence in the garden. Clusters of vibrant purple blossoms gracefully drape from the stems, adding a burst of color.

Flowers

15 Beautiful Varieties of Baptisia for Your Garden

If you are looking for a long-lived, flowering shrub that can tolerate a wide range of conditions, baptisia is a widely hybridized and beautiful option. In this article, gardening expert Melissa Strauss shares 15 of her favorite varieties.

In a soft glow, delicate white Orlaya flowers blossom amidst lush green stems. The petals exude an ethereal charm, capturing the essence of purity and grace. The interplay of light highlights the intricate details of each bloom.

Flowers

How to Plant, Grow, and Care for Orlaya

If you’re looking for a wonderful new flowering plant for your cottage, wildflower, or cutting garden, Orlaya is a stunner that will certainly fit the bill. In this article, gardening expert Melissa Strauss shares how to grow this amazing annual in your garden.