Ornamental Gardens

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

A close-up reveals hybrid perpetual roses boasting deep pink hues, their delicate petals unfurling gracefully. In the background, a soft blur highlights the verdant, lush green leaves, providing a verdant backdrop to the vibrant blooms.


What are Hybrid Perpetual, Bourbon, and Portland Roses?

Portland, Bourbon, and hybrid perpetual roses grace the landscape with old garden rose charm and history. As precursors to modern roses, these heirloom beauties bring prolific flowering, high fragrance, and vigor to the rose garden. Explore these special antique rose hybrids, deserving of a spot in today’s garden, with gardening expert Katherine Rowe.

A close-up of Eurasian Smoke Tree featuring clusters of small, delicate pink flowers amidst vibrant green leaves. The background showcases towering green trees, adding depth to the image. The contrast between the pink blooms and the lush foliage creates a captivating scene.


How to Plant, Grow, and Care for Smoke Trees

Add a billowy, whimsical backdrop to any landscape with smoke trees that flutter in every breeze. Garden expert Logan Hailey digs into how to grow and maintain the fluffy, smoke-like puffs of this intriguing ornamental.

flowers raised beds. Colorful flowers in a rustic raised bed. The bed is filled with vibrant purple-red Crested Cock's-combs, pink and yellow Primroses, orange and yellow Common zinnias and yellow Wedelias.


7 Tips for Growing Bountiful Flowers in Raised Beds

Raised beds are a low-maintenance and convenient way to add some intentionality to the flower garden. Getting started can seem like a complicated task, but it doesn't have to be. Cut flower gardener Melissa Strauss has some tips to make sure your raised bed flower garden gets off to a healthy start and adds beauty to your home for years to come.

Close-up of a Plumeria alba plant with tropical white flowers. The plant produces clusters of waxy, white flowers with yellow centers. The flowers are adorned with five delicate, overlapping petals, contrast beautifully against the glossy, dark green foliage.


9 Tropical Plants With White Flowers

Neutral white flowers create a refined and elegant statement on their own or can serve as a complementary canvas for colorful flowers and interesting foliage. Here, garden expert Christina Conner shares her 9 favorite white-flowered tropical plants for indoor jungles or outdoor gardens.

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.