Ornamental Gardens

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

A vibrant field bursts with an array of purple, orange, and yellow flowers, their petals swaying gently in the breeze. The sunlight dances across the blooms, casting vivid hues and creating a mesmerizing tapestry of nature's palette.


How to Plant & Grow a Wildflower Garden from Seed

Wildflowers enliven the garden with colorful blooms and swaying textures. They are an essential source of food and shelter for pollinators and wildlife and provide valuable ecosystem services. With a few sound steps to prepare, you can create a flourishing wildflower garden from seed. Explore best practices for growing a wildflower garden with garden expert Katherine Rowe.

A close-up of purple flowers adorning the climbing chocolate vine, nestled among lush green leaves. The intricate blooms showcase delicate petals with intricate patterns and vibrant hues. Sunlight gracefully illuminates the scene, highlighting the plant's natural beauty.

Ornamental Gardens

11 Beautiful Alternatives to Chocolate Vine (Akebia quinata)

Love the look and smell of chocolate vine but not allowed to grow it in your region? Wondering what vines you can grow safely that will mimic the desirable traits of this polarizing, herbaceous perennial? Certified master gardener Liz Jaros has 11 beautiful options for you. Read on for a look at their unique characteristics and growing preferences.

In a city park, a row of young trees stands in neat alignment, each one carefully tied to pegs for support and growth. Towering trees in the background provide a striking contrast.


How Much Water do Trees Need?

Trees rarely need extra watering once they are established and can rely simply on rainwater. In areas of scarce water resources, understanding the variables and type of tree you choose will go a long way to reducing the need for gallons of water. In this article, gardening expert Wendy Moulton explores how much water trees really need.

This close-up captures the radiant beauty of daylilies in full bloom. Their delicate petals unfurl in a blaze of vibrant orange, with veins of deep crimson radiating outwards from the center. The daylilies stand amidst a lush green carpet of grass, their vivid hues contrasting beautifully against the earthy backdrop.


Are Daylilies Invasive?

Are your daylilies taking over your garden? Are you worried they could be invasive? Invasive species harm pollinators and the local ecosystem. In this article, gardening expert Jill Drago discusses the invasiveness of daylilies and what you can do about it!

A close-up of a snowberry shrub showcasing green leaves and brown stems, bearing clusters of pristine white snowberries. In the background, a soft blur unveils a profusion of ethereal pink snowberries, gently enhancing the scene with a subtle palette shift.


How to Plant, Grow, and Care for Snowberry Bushes

Snowberries are beautiful perennial shrubs known for their clusters of small pink and white flowers and snow-white berries. And the best part? They're native to North America! In this article, gardening expert Kelli Klein shares how to grow snowberry bushes successfully.

Close-up of female hands about to divide succulents on a blurred background. She is holding a Jade Plant in her hand. It is a popular succulent that features thick, fleshy, oval-shaped leaves that are glossy and vibrant green, tinged with red along the edges.

Cacti & Succulents

How to Divide Succulents in 6 Easy Steps

Dividing succulents doesn’t have to be a stressful process. It just takes a gentle hand and an eye for the health of your plant. In this article, gardening expert Melissa Strauss will go over methods of dividing your succulent for the best outcome.

A vibrant meadow stretches out, adorned with pink, red, and yellow wildflowers swaying gently. Lush foliage thrives under the warm embrace of sunlight, creating a picturesque scene of nature's beauty and tranquility.


31 Spring Wildflowers You Can Grow From Seed

Spring wildflowers are about the joy of gardening, and growing from seed makes them affordable. Everyone dreams of a wild meadow full of flowers buzzing with bees and butterflies, and it's totally possible to achieve. In this article, gardening expert Wendy Moulton shares gorgeous wildflowers you can grow from seed!

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Ornamental Gardens

31 Recommended Native Plants For the Midwest

Are you a Midwestern gardener looking for great native plants to add to your landscape? There is a wide variety of beautiful and ornamental native plants that you can grow to enhance the beauty of your yard and encourage birds and pollinators to visit. In this article, gardening expert Liessa Bowen introduces 31 of her favorite Midwestern native plants that work well in the home garden.

Close-up of a flowering Liriodendron tulipifera tree, commonly known as the Tulip Tree, in a sunny garden. The unique, lobed leaves are glossy green and shaped like tulip flowers, showing a distinctive silhouette. The tree produces tulip-shaped flowers with greenish-yellow petals and orange markings.


How to Plant, Grow, and Care for Tulip Trees

Are you curious about tulip trees? Tulip trees are beautiful, fast-growing shade trees with tall, straight trunks, broadly conical crowns, and beautiful flowers. They are easy to grow and adaptable to a variety of growing conditions. In this article, gardening enthusiast Liessa Bowen will discuss the proper care and maintenance of these spectacular trees.