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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.

Ornamental Allium with Purple Flower Petals

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22 Beautiful Varieties of Ornamental Allium

Thinking of adding some ornamental allium to your garden this season, but aren't sure which type you should plant? There are many different types to choose from, depending on your goals and climate. In this article, certified master gardener Laura Elsner shares her favorite ornamental allium varieties to add to your garden this season.

Lush Green Growing Hosta Plant in Garden

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15 Tips For Lush, Beautiful Hosta Plants This Season

Are you thinking about adding some hostas to your garden this season? While they can be a little picky about their growing conditions, these beautiful plants can make the perfect addition to any shade garden. In this article, certified master gardener Laura Elsner shares her top tips for lush, beautiful hostas this season.

Astilbe flower blooming in a green garden in the spring

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How to Plant, Grow and Care For Astilbe

Thinking of growing some Astilbe in your garden this season? This shade garden favorite has beautiful blooms in many different colors. In this article, certified master gardener Laura Elsner takes you through every aspect of growing astilbes in your garden, including maintenance and care.

Perennial Flower Growing in Minnesota Garden

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21 Flowering Perennial Plants For Minnesota Gardens

Are you looking for a few perennials to add to your Minnesota Garden this spring? There are a number of cold climate perennials you can grow in the land of 10,000 lakes. In this article, certified master gardener Laura Elsener looks at some of her favorite Minnesota-friendly perennial plants.

Pink Peony blooming in the garden with bright pink petals

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37 Different Pink Peonies to Grow This Season

Are you looking for some pink peonies to add to your flower garden this season, but aren't quite sure where to start? These popular flowers can be intimidating due to the sheer amount you have to choose from. In this article, certified master gardener Laura Elsner looks at her favorite varieties of Pink Peonies, with names and pictures of each.

Many different colored astilbe varieties blooming in the garden

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19 Different Types of Beautiful Astilbe Varieties

Thinking of growing some Astilbe in your garden this season? There are many different types of astilbe that bloom in a variety of different flower colors. In this article, certified master gardener Laura Elsner takes you through her favorite varieties of astilbe to try this season.

Coral Bells Growing with Purple Foliage in Garden

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How to Plant, Grow, and Care For Coral Bells (Heuchera)

Thinking of adding some coral bells to your garden this season? Also known as heuchera, these low growing plants are a garden favorite for their colorful foliage. In this article, certified master gardener Laura Elsner takes you through each step of growing coral bells, including their maintenance and care.

cold hardy ground cover

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15 Cold Hardy Ground Cover Plants For Cool Weather

Looking for a cold hardy ground cover plant to dress up your garden in cooler weather? There are plenty of different options to choose from, even in colder hardiness zones. In this article, certified master gardener Laura Elsner looks at her favorite cold hardy ground cover plants, with names and pictures of each!

Ornamental Allium growing in garden with purple spike like flowers

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How to Plant, Grow and Care For Ornamental Allium

Thinking of adding Allium to your garden this season, but aren't sure where to start? Allium can act as a lovely ornamental, but also a wonderful companion plant. In this article, certified master gardener Laura Elsner walks through everything you need to know about Allium, including tips for maintenance and care.

winter plants for pots

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27 Perfect Plants For Winter Container Gardens

Are you looking for some cold-hardy plants for your winter container garden? There are plenty of different options to choose from, no matter your hardiness zone. In this article, certified master gardener Laura Elsner walks through her favorite plants for winter container gardens.

Different varieties of coral bells growing together in a garden. The foliage has many colors.

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31 Different Coral Bell (Heuchera) Varieties

Heuchera, also known as Coral Bells, have many different-looking plants to choose from within the genus. Many are acclimated across different climate zones, giving you plenty of options no matter where you plan to grow them. In this article, certified master gardener Laura Elsner takes you through her favorite varieties of Coral Bells to try in your garden this season.

Blossoming Purple and Blue Delphinium Flower on Tall Plant Stalk

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How to Plant, Grow and Care For Delphinium Flowers

Are you thinking of growing delphinium flowers, but aren't quite sure where to start? These tall and beautiful perennials are a garden mainstay for flower beds all over the world. In this article, certified master gardener Laura Elsner takes you through everything you need to know about delphiniums and their care.

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15 Common Problems With Flowering Peonies

Do your peonies look a little more rugged than normal? Peonies are some of the most popular flowers grown each season. However, they aren't without some common issues that can impact their growth. In this article, certified master gardener Laura Elsner looks at the most common problems you'll likely encounter with peonies, and how to fix them!

A container plant combination idea filled with flowers of different colors. There are blooms of bright red, pink, and white in a gray pot. Behind the pot are other flowers planted on steps cascading down.

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25 Beautiful Plant Combination Ideas For Container Gardens

Are you looking for some container gardening ideas to test out this season? There are plenty to try, depending on your climate! In this article, certified master gardener Laura Elsner takes a deeper look at her favorite container arrangements you can try this season!

peonies

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How to Plant, Grow and Care For Flowering Peonies

Are you thinking of growing some peonies in your garden this season? These flowering favorites are beloved by gardeners all over the world. In this article, certified master gardener Laura Elsner takes you through each step of growing beauriful peonies in your garden as well as their care.

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11 Common Problems With Flowering Begonia Plants

If your begonias are struggling this season, you've come to the right place! Begonias can have many common issues during their lifespan, so it's important to identify common problems early and remedy them as fast as possible. In this article, certified master gardener Laura Elsner looks at the most common issues that plague begonias, and how to fix them.

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!