Ornamental Gardens

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

Clusters of delicate white ammi flowers; their petals opening to reveal intricate patterns.


How to Plant, Grow, and Care for Ammi

Ammi is a lovely little plant that looks great in the garden with its feathery foliage and lacy flower umbels. It's also a wonderful addition to the cutting garden. Gardening expert Melissa Strauss has the lowdown on growing this pretty plant in your garden.

A woman arranges a bouquet of stunning cut hydrangea flowers in pink and purple hues in a white vase, placed on a white table in the kitchen.


5 Tips for Long-Lasting Cut Hydrangea Blooms

Hydrangeas delight us in the garden and fresh floral arrangements all summer long. Their stunning blooms, in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors, offer boundless options for elegant and easy-going fresh flower displays. Drying hydrangea blooms makes the beauty last even longer. Join garden expert Katherine Rowe in exchanging simple tips for long-lasting cut hydrangeas.

The PeeGee Hydrangea features sturdy, woody stems, dark green, serrated leaves, and large, conical clusters of white flowers that turn pink as they mature.


How to Plant, Grow, and Care for ‘PeeGee’ Hydrangeas

For a classic, reliable hydrangea with old garden grace, look to the splendid ‘PeeGee’ panicle hydrangea. In cultivation for over 150 years, ‘PeeGee’ hydrangeas grow in a wide range of garden conditions. Here, garden expert Katherine Rowe explores the appeal of growing this old-fashioned, big-blooming hydrangea.

Solomon's seal presents gracefully arching stems adorned with alternating, lance-shaped leaves and delicate, bell-shaped white flowers dangling beneath the foliage.

Ornamental Gardens

How to Plant, Grow, and Care For Solomon’s Seal

Are you looking for a beautiful native plant for your shade garden? Solomon’s seal is showy, low-maintenance, hardy, and loves the shade. In this article, gardening expert Liessa Bowen introduces one of her favorite spring wildflowers, Solomon’s seal, and how to help these plants thrive in your woodland shade garden.

Tussock Sedge sedge variety is characterized by clumps of stiff, upright stems, long, narrow leaves, and inconspicuous, brownish spikelets.

Ornamental Gardens

19 Sedge Varieties for Your Garden

Sedge makes a beautiful addition to many landscapes. This sturdy and semi-evergreen ornamental has a wide native range and is a low-maintenance alternative to ornamental grasses. Here are 21 of gardening expert Melissa Strauss’ favorite varieties.

A sunlit Japanese barberry showcases vibrant foliage and clusters of red fruits, basking in the warm glow


21 Showy Shrubs to Plant Instead of Japanese Barberry

Are you searching for some shrubs to fill your landscape? You may be tempted to grow Japanese barberry because it is familiar and widely used commercially, but know that there are many showy and better-behaved alternatives to this invasive species. In this article, gardening expert Liessa Bowen offers 21 fantastic alternatives to growing Japanese barberry in your landscape.

Close-up of a female gardener propagating by dividing a perennial hosta plant in the garden using a garden trowel.

Ornamental Gardens

How to Divide Perennial Plants

Dividing your plants in spring and fall is a great way to increase the number of plants in your yard and help your perennials thrive by alleviating overcrowding. Garden expert Christina Conner provides a step-by-step guide on dividing and caring for perennials before and after division.

Weigela Florida is one of the shrubs that grows in acidic soil, features oval, deep green leaves and clusters of trumpet-shaped flowers in shades of pink, adorning its arching branches.


17 Beautiful Shrubs That Love Acidic Soil

You’ve discovered that your yard has acidic soil and are wondering what you can grow. Luckily, many beautiful plants love acidic soil conditions, including many showy shrubs and longtime garden favorites. In this article, gardening expert Liessa Bowen introduces 17 of her favorite shrubs that thrive in acidic soil.

Hibiscus schizopetalus presents slender, arching stems adorned with deeply lobed green leaves and a pendulous, fringed tropical red flower with long, thread-like petals.

Ornamental Gardens

13 Tropical Plants With Red Flowers

Red is the color of many things - and a popular color for tropical plants. Scarlet hues attract pollinators like hummingbirds and butterflies and make a bold addition to the garden or sunny window indoors. Garden expert Christina Conner lists her favorite tropical red flowers and how to grow them.