Ornamental Gardens

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

Close-up of a gardener pruning blooming red roses using long-handled loppers, avoiding common mistakes.


5 Rose Pruning Mistakes To Avoid This Season

With a few key cultural practices and a bit of seasonal maintenace, roses grace the garden for many years. Basic pruning is easy and important for preventing diseases, directing growth, and increasing air circulation for overall rose health - but it doesn’t have to be intimidating. Avoid common pruning mistakes with gardening expert Katherine Rowe to ensure healthy roses across the seasons.

Wood betony flowers, featuring tall stems adorned with purple and lavender petals, contrast beautifully against a backdrop of lush green leaves.


How to Plant, Grow, and Care For Wood Betony

Are you looking for a showy, long-lasting flower for your perennial garden? This easy-to-grow plant adds plenty of color to your garden and attracts pollinators, too! In this article, gardening enthusiast Liessa Bowen introduces the allure of wood betony and how to grow these spectacular plants.

The Brunnera plant features heart-shaped, silver-green leaves with prominent dark green veins and delicate, small blue flowers resembling forget-me-nots.

Ornamental Gardens

How to Plant, Grow, and Care for Brunnera

Brunnera is a strikingly beautiful plant that is perfect for the shade garden. In this article, gardening expert Melissa Strauss talks about how to grow and maintain this easy-going plant for beautiful spring flowers and striking shade-friendly ground cover.

Pink and orange roses grow with panicle hydrangeas in the border


7 No-Fail Rose and Hydrangea Combos for Your Garden

Under the right growing conditions, roses and hydrangeas grow together to create an all-season bloom spectacle. Garden expert Katherine Rowe shares winning rose and hydrangea combinations based on visual appeal, garden performance, cultural requirements, and disease resistance.

Rows of pink and purple hydrangeas bask in the sunlight; their petals glowing with vibrant hues.


The Best Hydrangeas for Your Climate: Tips for Your Zone

Hydrangeas signal summer with their glorious blooms and colorful display. With a broad growing range, gardeners in cold and hot climates enjoy these summer beauties with multi-season appeal. Join gardening expert Katherine Rowe in exploring the best hydrangeas for your climate and gardening zone.

Clusters of hydrangeas in varying shades of purple, pink, and yellow, vividly bloom above lush green foliage.


When Do Hydrangeas Bloom?

A hydrangea in flower is the hallmark of summer. Different types bloom at varying times of the season for a long-lasting display. Here, gardening expert Katherine Rowe explores when hydrangeas bloom and the factors influencing their bloom time.

Wild Petunias display slender, lance-shaped green leaves and a delicate, funnel-shaped lavender flower with slightly ruffled edges.


How to Plant, Grow, and Care For Wild Petunias

You are probably familiar with the colorful petunia flowers commonly sold as annuals at your local garden center. Did you know there are also wild petunias? In this article, gardening expert Liessa Bowen introduces these beautiful and easy-to-grow native wildflowers.

Ginkgo biloba is a tree with unique fan-shaped leaves of glossy green color.


29 Trees With Unique Foliage

Are you looking for a tree to add structure and diversity to your yard? Consider a tree with showy, unique leaves that will really stand out in your landscape! In this article, gardening expert Liessa Bowen introduces 31 tree species with uniquely different foliage.

The Willow tree features slender, flexible stems and long, narrow, lance-shaped leaves with finely serrated edges that flutter in the breeze.


How to Plant, Grow, and Care For Willow Trees

Willow trees have a graceful, almost magical look to them. They are well suited to moist locations near ponds and wetland borders. In this article, gardening enthusiast Liessa Bowen introduces the diverse world of willows and how to best grow these trees in your landscape.