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Laura Elsner

Laura Elsner lives the garden life! She is a certified master gardener and has been gardening professionally for over 15 years. When she’s not out in the dirt running her own gardening business (Calgary Gardener), she can be found reading and writing about gardening, out in her own garden, or fussing over her houseplants. Laura specializes in growing lush and visually stunning gardens, focusing on bloom times and plant choice.

A beautiful pink peony blooming in a container next to the wall. You can see bricks on the right side of the wall, and the basket is wicker with bright pink flowers blooming in season.

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15 Tips For Growing Beautiful Peonies in Pots or Containers

Thinking of growing peonies in pots or containers? These popular flowers make great container plants, but can be a little picky about their growing conditions. In this article, certified master gardener Laura Elsner shares her favorite tips for beautiful blooming peonies in your container garden this season!

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15 Common Problems With Flowering Pansies

Are your pansies struggling this season? Pansies can fall victim to many different issues, so it's important to identify them early and treat them if possible. In this article, certified master gardener Laura Elsner walks through some of the most common problems with pansies, and how to fix them!

delphinium varieties

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29 Different Delphinium Varieties You Can Plant This Season

Are you looking to add some delphinium to your garden but aren't sure what variety to pick? There are many different options, depending on the flower colors and plant type you are looking after. In this article, certified master gardener Laura Elsner walks through her favorite types of delphinium that you can grow!

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15 Common Problems With Coleus Plants

If you are running into problems with your coleus plants this season, you aren't alone! These plants can be tricky, depending on where they are grown. In this article, certified master gardener Laura Elsner walks through the most common problems with Coleus plants, and how to fix them!

Peonies and Hosta Companion

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Peony Companion Plants: 21 Plants To Grow With Peonies

If you are looking for some plants to grow with your peonies this season, you've landed in the right place! Peonies are a garden favorite, and with their beautiful blooms, it's easy to see why. In this article, certified master gardener Laura Elsner examines her favorite companion plants to grow with peonies this season.

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14 Common Problems With Hosta Plants

Curious what kind of problems hostas can carry with them once they are planted? Hostas can run into several issues, but many of them are preventable or treatable. In this article, certified master gardener Laura Elsner walks through the most common problems with hosta plants and how to prevent or fix them.

Garden in Heatwave

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15 Tips For Keeping Plants Alive in Hot & Dry Conditions

Looking for some tips to help your garden beat the heat this season? With many places around the world setting records in both heat and with lack of moisture this summer, your plants may start to struggle. In this article, certified master gardener Laura Elsner walks through her top tips for keeping your plants alive in hot and dry conditions.

container hostas

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15 Tips For Planting Hostas in Pots or Containers

If you are struggling to properly plant hostas in pots or containers this season, you've come to the right place! Hostas are a shade garden favorite, and grow spectacularly in pots or containers. In this article, gardening expert Laura Elsner provides her top tips for growing beautiful container hostas this season!

begonia blooming tips

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11 Tips to Keep Your Begonias Blooming all Season Long

Are you constantly struggling with shorter begonia blooms? You've landed in the right place! In this article, certified master gardener Laura Elsner walks through her top tips for extending the bloom time if your begonias in order to help you keep yours blooming all season long!

Container Grown Delphinium

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How to Grow Delphiniums in Pots or Containers

Are you thinking of growing delphiniums in containers this season but aren't quite sure where to start? Container grown delphiniums are a great option for gardeners that have limited space. In this article, certified master gardener Laura Elsner walks through eight simple steps to grow beautiful delphiniums in pots or containers this season!

Container Holding Pansies

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15 Tips For Growing Pansies in Pots or Containers

Thinking of growing pansies in pots or containers this season? Anyone can throw pansies in a pot, but how do you get them to thrive? In this article, certified master gardener Laura Elsner walks through her top tips for growing beautiful pansies in pots or containers this season!

Beautiful Grown Delphiniums

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14 Tips For Growing Beautiful Delphiniums This Season

Looking to grow some beautiful delphiniums this season but aren't sure where to start? Garden grown delphiniums can be a beautiful addition to any garden. In this article, certified master gardener Laura Elsner shares her top tips for growing beautifully blooming delphiniums!

Delphiniums Growing With Garden Mistakes

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13 Mistakes to Avoid When Growing Delphinium This Season

Are you growing delphinium this season, but want to make sure you have absolutely beautiful blooms? In this article, certified master gardener Laura Elsner walks through the most common mistakes both novice and experienced gardeners make when it comes to growing delphinium in their garden!

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How to Plant, Grow, and Care For Begonias

Begonias are beautiful flowers that are quite hardy and can be grown in a variety of different locations. If you've decided to add begonias to your garden this season, there are some important factors to consider when maximizing their growth. In this article, certified master gardener and begonia enthusiast Laura Elsener provides exact steps to plant, grow, and care for Begonias.

zone 4 perennials

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21 Perfect Perennials For Hardiness Zone 4

If you live in USDA hardiness zone 4, finding the perfect perennial can be a challenge because of the colder temperatures. But there are still plenty of perennials that can grow quite well in this hardiness zone with proper care. In this article, certified master gardener Laura Elsner walks through her favorite perennials plants for zone 4 gardens.

Coleus Blanketing Garden

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Is Coleus an Annual, Biennial or Perennial Plant?

Want to start planting some coleus this season, but aren't sure if it's an annual, biennial, or perennial plant? The answers to these questions will largely depend on your geographic location. In this article, certified master gardener Laura Elsner breaks down the life cycle of the coleus plant.

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Do Deer Eat Hostas? Will They Attract Deer to My Garden?

Are you thinking of planting some hostas this season, but want to make sure they won't end up as deer chow before you start? In this article, certified master gardener and hosta enthusiast Laura Elsner walks through what you can expect from your local deer population if you decide to start adding hostas to your garden this season.