Ornamental Gardens

Learn how to cultivate beautiful ornamental gardens and how to troubleshoot common pests, diseases, and growing problems!

native beautiful flowers. Close-up of a flowering columbine plant (Aquilegia) on a blurred green background. The plant has slender, erect stems rising from basal clumps of delicate, fern-like leaves. Slender stems bear clusters of unique spurred flowers, each featuring five distinctive red petals. The intricate blooms, resembling elaborate bonnets or lanterns, hang from the stems.


19 Native Plants With Beautiful Flowers

Native plants shower landscapes each year with their gorgeous, seasonal blooms. No matter what zone you live in, there are flowering natives nearby. Native plant enthusiast Jerad Bryant takes you across the country to discover 19 of the prettiest flowering plants native to the United States.

Vivid red cardinal flowers stand tall against lush green foliage, their petals unfurling gracefully in the gentle breeze. A warm cascade of sunlight illuminates the intricate petals, enhancing their crimson hue.


How to Plant, Grow, and Care For Cardinal Flower

Are you looking for an easy-to-grow plant for a moist plot in your garden? A cardinal flower will certainly brighten up your landscape with its vibrant, scarlet-red flowers. In this article, gardening expert Liessa Bowen will discuss the proper care and maintenance of these spectacular plants.

View of various types of Conifers in the garden. Conifers, a group of cone-bearing trees and shrubs, are known for their iconic appearance characterized by needle-like or scale-like leaves, typically evergreen and often arranged spirally around the branches. These trees boast a wide variety of shapes and sizes, from towering pines with sturdy, straight trunks to graceful firs with sweeping branches. Their needle-like and scale-like leaves come in bright green, dark green and bluish-gray shades.


What is a Conifer?

Conifers are all around us, but what exactly are they? These trees play an important role in the ecosystem and the economy. In this article, gardening expert Liessa Bowen gives a brief introduction to coniferous plants.

water roses. Close-up of a female gardener in a striped white shirt and beige apron watering bushes of blooming roses from a blue watering can in a sunny garden. The rose bushes bloom with delicate pastel lilac and rich red flowers with double petals in the shape of a classic rose.


How Much Water Do Roses Need?

It’s rose-growing season! As we move further into spring and closer to the heat of summer, it’s helpful to look at our roses and their water needs to ensure that we water efficiently and for the healthiest plants. So, how much water do roses need? Here, gardening expert Katherine Rowe explores the basics of rose watering and the variables to consider in your garden.

Orange calendula flowers blossom, their delicate petals unfurling under the sunlight. Tall, sturdy green stems stand proudly, providing a strong foundation for the flourishing blooms to showcase their radiant beauty to the world.


21 Beautiful Calendula Varieties

Are you thinking of adding calendula to your garden? Maybe you’ve researched this beautiful flower and discovered that it does double duty as a pollinator attractant and edible medicinal herb. Most commonly, yellow and orange varieties are available, but there are many, many more! Gardening expert Kelli Klein lists 21 beautiful calendula varieties for your garden.

White mountain mint flowers bloom in clusters, their delicate petals catching the sun's rays. Linear leaves stretch towards the light, creating a harmonious scene against a backdrop of lush, blurred greenery.

Ornamental Gardens

How to Plant, Grow, and Care for Mountain Mint

When you think of mint, you probably imagine refreshing herbs like peppermint and spearmint. Plants known as mountain mint act as pollinator magnets and make a great addition to meadows and pollinator gardens. Join gardener Briana Yablonski to learn how to plant and care for these low-maintenance perennials.

Vibrant flowers bloom in a compact raised bed, their petals bursting with colors, complemented by lush green foliage. Surrounding this floral oasis, other raised beds thrive with verdant plants, creating a lively and harmonious garden scene.


9 Tips For Growing a Cutting Garden in Raised Beds

Whether small or large scale, cutting gardens delight the grower with bundles of color, fragrance, form, and texture for floral arranging throughout the growing season. Growing cut flower gardens in raised beds sets the stage for flourishing, productive plants. Join gardening expert Katherine Rowe for tips on producing a bounty of blooms in raised beds.

Close-up of a flowering Pelargonium x fragrans ‘Nutmeg’ plant, one of the popular species of scented leaved geraniums. It is a charming cultivar distinguished by its compact growth habit and fragrant foliage. Its leaves are deeply lobed and rich green, with a distinctive nutmeg scent. Delicate clusters of small, white flowers adorn the plant.


How to Plant, Grow, and Care for Scented-Leaved Geraniums

Scented-leaved geraniums are dynamic plants to delight the senses. Fill the garden or home with aromatic foliage in citrus, rose, mint, and fruit fragrances - just to name a few. Bold leaves in varying shapes, colors, and textures add interest to the planting display and floral arrangement. Explore how to plant, grow, and care for scented-leaved geraniums with horticulturist Katherine Rowe.

Close-up of Madame Ernest Calvat Roses blooming in a garden against a blurred green background. These hybrid tea roses produce large, double blooms with a high-centered form. The petals are a rich, velvety crimson hue, providing a striking contrast against the dark green foliage.


How to Plant, Grow, and Care for ‘Madame Ernest Calvat’ Roses

‘Madame Ernest Calvat’ roses enchant the garden with old-fashioned pink blooms and a delicious old rose fragrance. A short climbing rose or graceful shrub, ‘Madame Ernest Calvat’ boasts the hardiness, disease resistance, and vigor of its Bourbon rose parentage. Explore the true beauty of this rose with garden expert Katherine Rowe.