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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.

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11 Tips For Beautiful Peony Blooms This Season

Did you plant some peonies this season, but want to find out how to get the most out of their blooms? These prolific bloomers can be the star of any garden, with proper care. In this article, certified master gardener and peony enthusiast Laura Elsner walks through her top tips for big, beautiful, and blooming peonies!

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27 Deer Resistant Perennial Plants For Your Garden

Thinking of adding some perennials to your garden, but live in a place where deer roam freely? Fear not! There are are actually a number of different perennials that deer will avoid. In this article, certified master gardener Laura Elsner shares her favorite deer-resistant perennials that you can add to your garden!

Plants in Containers in Shade

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17 Tips For Container Gardening in The Shade

Thinking of using some containers in your shade garden but aren't quite sure where to start? Using containers or pots in shady areas can be a great way to transform lesser used spaces. In this article, certified master gardener Laura Elsner gives you her top tips for using pots or containers in the shade this season.

Begonia Varieties

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Begonia Varieties: 49 Different Types of Begonia You’ll Love

Begonias are a favorite plant of many, and with good reason. Their hardy nature and beautiful blooms can transform any outdoor or indoor garden space. In this article, certified master gardener and begonia enthusiast Laura Elsner examines some of the top begonia varieties for your indoor or outdoor garden space.

Hosta with Pansy

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11 Great Container Companion Plants For Hostas

Thinking of planting some hostas in pots or containers, but aren't sure what to plant them with? Hostas can companion plant well with many different options, but which ones will perform in a tight space like a pot, or container? In this article, certified master gardener Laura Elsner walks through her favorite hosta companions when container planting in your garden.

Tips for Pansies

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11 Tips To Keep Your Pansies Blooming All Summer Long

Looking to maximize the length of time your pansies bloom this season? Pansies are a welcome addition to any garden, but their blooms may fade depending on the situation. In this article, certified master gardener Laura Elsner walks through her top tips to keep your pansies blooming for as long as possible this season!

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How to Plant, Grow, and Care For Pansies in Your Garden

Thinking of adding some pansies to your garden this season? Pansies can be the perfect compliment to many different flower combinations and make an easy-to-care for flower in your flower garden. In this article, certified master gardener Laura Elsner walks through how to plant, grow, and care for pansies this season!

grow coleus in containers

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15 Tips for Growing Beautiful Coleus Plants in Containers or Pots

Thinking of growing coleus in pots, but aren't sure where to start? Coleus love to be grown in pots or containers, and do quite well in a variety of different spaces. In this article, certified master gardener Laura Elsner provides 15 tips for growing beautiful coleus plants in containers this season!

Grow Coleus From Seed

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When Should I Plant Coleus From Seed? Does Variety Matter?

Are you thinking of planting some coleus by seed this season but aren't sure when to start planting? Maybe you aren't sure if the coleus variety you've chosen impacts when it should be planted? In this article, certified master gardener and coleus enthusiast Laura Elsner examines when you should be planting coleus, and if the variety you've chosen makes any difference.

peony varieties

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Peony Varieties: 41 Different Types of Peony Cultivars

Thinking of planting some peonies, but aren't sure which ones to plant? There are many different types of peonies, that have different colors and growing conditions. In this article, certified master gardener Laura Elsner walks through her favorite peony varieties to add to your garden this season.

Hosta Companion Plants

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27 Hosta Companion Plants For Shady Garden Areas

Hostas are extremely versatile plants, and can add some lovely ground cover to your yard or garden. But what plants grow best with them in the garden? Which ones look the best together? In this article, certified master gardener and hosta enthusiast Laura Elsner examines the best companion plants for hostas in your garden.

Grown Coleus Plant

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How to Plant, Grow, and Care For Coleus Plants

Coleus is a versatile shrub, that grows well in shady areas/ Some varieties that can grow quite well in sunny spaces. Growing coleus in your garden can provide that additional "pop" of color that you may be missing. In this article, certified master gardener and coleus enthusiast Laura Elsner teaches you how to plant, grow, and care for coleus!

Shade Garden With Hostas and Flowers

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17 Tips For Planting The Perfect Shade Garden

Thinking about planting a shade garden but aren't sure of the best way to do it? It's important to plan out your shade garden properly, and make sure you have the right selection of plants. In this article, certified master gardener Laura Elsner shares her 17 tips for creating the perfect shade garden!

Sun Friendly Coleus Variety

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11 Full Sun Coleus Varieties For Sunny Gardens

Thinking of planting some coleus in your garden, but aren't sure if they can take full sun? The good news is, there are several coleus varieties that can handle more sunlight than others, despite what you may have heard. In this article, certified master gardener Laura Elsner takes a look at her favorite sun-friendly coleus varieties.

Coleus in Garden Without Deer

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

Thinking of planting some coleus in your garden, but aren't sure if they will attract deer or not? While they may not attract deer like a hosta, there's still some steps you'll need to take if you want to keep deer away from your coleus. In this article, certified master gardener Larua Elison walks through if this plant will bring deer into your garden.

Perennials in Zone 3 Shade Garden

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27 Shade Loving Perennials For Zone 3 Shade Gardens

Looking for some perennials to plant in your zone 3 shade garden? Yes, there are several fantastic perennials that can grow in cold and shady climates. In this article, certified master gardener Laura Elsner walks through some cold weather shade garden tips, as well as listing out her favorite perennial plants for shade gardens in zone 3.

Unique Coleus Variety Type of Plant

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Coleus Varieties: 35 Different Types of Coleus Cultivars

Thinking of planting some coleus but aren't sure which variety to pick? There are over 300 different coleus species, and over 1500 different varieties, so choosing the right one can be a bit of a challenge! In this article, certified master gardener and coleus expert Laura Elsner walks through some of her favorite types of coleus plants!

Coleus Plant Before Winter

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Do Coleus Plants Come Back After a Winter Freeze?

Do coleus plants come back after winter freezes? Can they handle cold temperatures? Will they die in colder weather and need to be replanted? These are questions most first time coleus owners have. In this article, master gardener and coleus expert Laura Elsner walks through what you can expect.