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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 regal crown of thorns adorned with slender thorn stems, showcasing nature's intricate design. Delicate pink flowers bloom amidst the thorny crown, adding a touch of softness to the resilient structure.

Shrubs

How to Plant, Grow, and Care for Crown of Thorns

Crown of thorns plants are eye-catching and exciting to look at, as well as easy to care for, and make great houseplants. In this article, gardening expert Melissa Strauss tells you all you need to know to care for your own crown of thorns.

Vibrant pink blooms of the Purple Bell Vine glisten with moisture, creating a vivid and refreshing sight. The blurred background showcases lush greenery, enhancing the beauty of the delicate blossoms.

Vines

How to Plant, Grow, and Care for Purple Bell Vine

Purple Bell Vine is a stunning climber that blooms for a long time and won’t crowd out other plants in the garden. In this article, gardening expert Melissa Strauss shares all you need to know to grow this eye-catching vine in your own space.

Numerous tall purple and white blazing star flowers stand tall, their delicate petals catching sunlight amidst lush green foliage. The vivid hues create a striking contrast against the backdrop of deep green trees.

Flowers

9 Varieties of Blazing Star for Your Native Garden

Looking for a stunning, vertical addition to your native garden? Blazing Star adds color and personality to flower beds and attracts tons of wildlife. Join gardening expert Melissa Strauss as she shares her favorite varieties of this US native flower.

In a beautiful garden, an array of wildflowers bloom among lush green foliage, painting a picturesque scene with nature's brushstrokes. Delicate petals in shades of pink, purple, and white dance in the gentle breeze.

Flowers

20 Gorgeous Wildflowers for Shade Gardens

If you’re hoping for a wildflower aesthetic in the shade garden, many beautiful flowering plants are perfectly happy growing in low-light conditions. In this article, gardening expert Melissa Strauss shares some of her favorite shade-loving wildflowers.

A billowing nasturtium plant with coral red flowers tumbles over a brick wall.

Seeds

15 Fast-Growing Annuals to Start From Seed

If you’re anxious to get your garden growing and blooming again as early as possible, go all out with these fast-growing annuals. Join gardening expert Melissa Strauss as she shares the plants that will get you kicking off the growing season in Epic fashion.

In a vibrant backyard, tall plants and blooming flowers stretch toward the sun, painting a lush and colorful scene. Amidst this tapestry of greenery, the purple coneflowers steal the spotlight with their striking, vivid hue.

Seeds

25 Easy-to-Grow Wildflowers for Your Garden

Building a wildflower garden is a wonderful way to attract pollinators and create a stunning space to enjoy for many years. In this article, gardening expert Melissa Strauss shares 25 easy-to-grow wildflowers that look beautiful in the home garden.

Close-up of female hands about to divide succulents on a blurred background. She is holding a Jade Plant in her hand. It is a popular succulent that features thick, fleshy, oval-shaped leaves that are glossy and vibrant green, tinged with red along the edges.

Cacti & Succulents

How to Divide Succulents in 6 Easy Steps

Dividing succulents doesn’t have to be a stressful process. It just takes a gentle hand and an eye for the health of your plant. In this article, gardening expert Melissa Strauss will go over methods of dividing your succulent for the best outcome.

beginner bonsai. Close-up shot of a gardener making Juniper bonsai in the garden on a wooden table. He holds a toothbrush in his hand. The gardener is dressed in a checkered shirt of beige and red shades, on his wrist there is a modern watch, and on his finger there is a gold ring. The Juniper bonsai features a distinctive and elegant appearance. Its small, needle-like foliage forms dense clusters along delicate branches, creating a refined and intricate silhouette.

Ornamental Gardens

A Beginner’s Guide to Bonsai

If you’ve ever considered cultivating a Bonsai tree, you might be surprised and delighted by what an interesting and involved practice this is. From choosing a tree to styling and pruning, Melissa Strauss walks through the basics of getting started with this fascinating art form.