Ornamental Gardens

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

Close-up of watering lavender bushes with woody stems, narrow, gray-green leaves, and spikes of fragrant, purple-blue flowers using a blue watering can in a sunny garden.


How Much Water Does Lavender Need?

As we glide into the heat of summer, lavender’s bloom sprays, silvery foliage, and refreshing aroma reenergize the garden. To ensure efficient watering and the healthiest plants, it is helpful to look at how much water these drought-tolerant beauties need. Here, garden expert Katherine Rowe explores lavender’s water needs and the variables to consider for flourishing herbs.

Close-up of a woman's hands deadheading a rose bush with large, pale lilac, lush double flowers using red pruning shears in a sunny garden.


How To Deadhead Roses For More Blooms

Deadheading roses is a simple way to promote plant health. It also lets us lay eyes on our plants and enjoy their blooms in the process. Explore the benefits and best way to deadhead with gardening expert Katherine Rowe to ensure healthy roses across the seasons.

A pineapple sage plant showcasing red tubular flowers amid lush green leaves.

Ornamental Gardens

How to Plant, Grow, and Care For Pineapple Sage

Are you looking for a showy perennial to attract hummingbirds and add some summer flare to your flower garden? Pineapple sage is a vibrant, showy flower that’s perennial in warmer climates and easily grown as an annual in cooler zones. In this article, gardening enthusiast Liessa Bowen will discuss the proper care and maintenance of these spectacular plants.

Close-up of a flowering Clematis plant characterized by a large, star-shaped pink flower with wilting stems and leaves.


Why Is My Clematis Wilting?

Awaiting the exotic blooms of clematis only to have its delicate stems mysteriously wilt is disconcerting. With some sleuthing, taking the best action to correct or reverse the causes is within reach. Explore common causes of wilting in these perennial flowering vines with gardening expert Katherine Rowe.

Lavender flowers, supported by delicate stems, gently sway in the sunlight.


Why Is My Lavender Wilting?

We associate lavender with waves of purple blooms, silvery foliage, and a sweet herbal scent wafting in the air. Wilting or drooping plants dash our expectations. With some easy inspection, we can take the best action to correct the causes. Explore common causes of wilting in these herbaceous perennials with garden expert Katherine Rowe.

A close-up of a dark butterfly with outstretched wings, sipping nectar from vibrant red pentas flowers.


How to Plant, Grow, and Care For Pentas

Charming and vibrant, pentas light up the garden and lure pollinators with their abundance of nectar. Beekeeper Melissa Strauss has the information you need to grow this bee and butterfly favorite.

Blooming Gaillardia perennials, planted in sunny July, feature lance-shaped, gray-green leaves and vibrant, daisy-like flowers with red centers and yellow tips.

Ornamental Gardens

21 Beautiful Perennials to Plant in July

With summer in full swing, the garden is alive with colorful flowers and dynamic foliage. Winged visitors are frittering from bloom to bloom. The temptation may arise to add plants to our beds, borders, and container arrangements. Join gardening expert Katherine Rowe in exploring heat-loving and showy perennials to supplement the garden in July.

A close-up of violet bigleaf hydrangea flowers nestled among lush green leaves, with additional blooms visible in the soft-focused background.


How to Plant, Grow, and Care For Bigleaf Hydrangeas

Bigleaf hydrangeas bring luscious blooms in dreamy pinks, blues, and whites with bold hues and blushes. After plants rest quietly in winter, lacecap and mophead flower clusters burst among attractive, large leaves for a warm season show. Explore these traditional summer hallmarks with contemporary twists with gardening expert Katherine Rowe.

Purple coneflowers in full bloom, surrounded by lush green foliage and orange milkweed flowers in a garden setting.

Ornamental Gardens

Are Native Plants Better Than Cultivars?

When you look at plants, do you ever wonder where they came from? Every plant originated somewhere but some have been bred to enhance certain characteristics. In this article, gardening expert Liessa Bowen takes a closer look at the differences between native plants and cultivars and attempts to answer the question, “Which is better?”