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Liessa Bowen

Liessa started learning everything she could about plants, animals, and ecosystems at a young age. Since then, she's earned a Master’s degree in wildlife biology (Iowa State University) and a PhD in forestry (North Carolina State University), both with an emphasis on conservation biology and birds. She has worked as a greenhouse technician, wildlife biologist, educational consultant, and writer.

Jackmans Clematis Blooming on a vine in Deep Violet Color

Vines

How to Plant, Grow and Care for Clematis ‘Jackmanii’

Are you looking for a unique flowering vine to add to your garden this season? 'Jackmanii' Clematis might be just the right plant to liven up your gardening space! In this article, gardening expert Liessa Bowen shares all you need to know about growing 'Jackmanii' Clematis, including maintenance and care.

Grow a peach tree on your own

Fruit

How to Plant, Grow, and Care For Peach Trees

Are you thinking of adding some peach trees to your garden this season? These popular fruit trees can grow across a wide variety of different climates. In this article, gardening expert Liessa Bowen takes you through everything you need to know about growing peach trees, including their maintenance and care.

Vegetables

Can You Grow Tomato Plants and Strawberries Together?

Thinking of growing strawberries and tomatoes together as companions in your garden, but aren't quite sure if it's a good idea? In this article, gardening expert Liessa Bowen examines if these two popular garden plants can be grown together, or if they are better off paired with something else.

North Carolina native flower growing in garden

Plants

29 Native Plants For North Carolina Gardens

Live in North Carolina and need a few native plants for your garden this season? There are a number of native plants will thrive, depending on what part of the state you'll be planting them. In this article, gardening expert Liessa Bowen walks through her favorite native plants for North Carolina gardens!

Native Plant to New York Blooming With Pink Flowers

Plants

21 Native Plants For New York Gardens

Looking for a few native plants to line the beds of your New York garden? There are many different options to choose from, depending on which part of the state you live in. In this article, gardening expert Liessa Bowen looks at some of her favorite New York native plants!

Blueberries and Strawberries from Garden

Fruit

Can You Grow Strawberries With Blueberries?

Thinking of growing strawberries with blueberries in your garden this season? Companion planting is a common practice but can lead to stunted crops when you pair your plants incorrectly. In this article, gardening expert Liessa Bowen looks at if blueberries and strawberries make good companion plants in the garden.

Blue african violet varieties blooming in pot on countertop

Houseplants

31 Different Types of African Violet Varieties

Thinking of adding some African Violets to your garden but aren't sure which varieties to pick? There are many different types you can choose from, so picking just one can be tough! In this article, gardening expert Liessa Bowen looks at the different varieties of African Violets you can grow.

Gooseberry fruiting plant growing in partial shade

Fruit

17 Fruiting Trees, Shrubs and Vines That Grow in Partial Shade

Do you have a partially shaded area of your garden where you'd love to place some fruiting plants? If you aren't sure which types of fruiting trees, vines and shrubs thrive in shady areas, you've come to the right place! In this article, gardening expert Liessa Bowen looks at her favorite fruiting plants for shady garden spaces!

Gardener pruning blueberry shrub with red leaves

Fruit

How and When to Prune Blueberry Shrubs

Are you attempting to prune your blueberry bushes this season, but aren't sure where to start? Pruning can be more of an art form, especially with difficult shrubs like the blueberry. In this article, gardening expert Liessa Bowen walks through how to prune blueberry shrubs in just a few easy steps!

Pink African Violet Flower Being Eaten by Bugs

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5 Garden Pests That May be Eating Your African Violets

Does it look like something took a bite out of your African Violets? These popular houseplants can become victims to many different pests that will dine on their tender foliage and beautiful blooms. In this article, gardening expert Liessa Bowen examines the five most common pests that may eat your African Violets.

North Carolina perennial flower garden in full sun

Plants

21 Popular Perennials For North Carolina Gardens

Are you looking for some perennial plants to grow in your North Carolina Garden this season? With North Carolina's moderate climate, you have plenty of options to choose from! In this article, gardening expert Liessa Bowen walks through her favorite perennial plants for every North Carolina garden!

African Violet that needs repotting growing in a small container

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7 Signs You Need to Repot Your African Violets

If your African Violet is struggling, you may be wondering if it's time to repot your plant. While some common issues can be solved with a proper maintenance routine, other problems are more serious and will require repotting. In this article, gardening expert Liessa Bowen looks at the most common signs your African Violet needs to be completely repotted.

drought tolerant plants

Plants

45 Drought Tolerant Plants For Dry Climates

Are you looking for a hardy plant that can tolerate some drought? There are a number of different plants you can choose, depending on your hardiness zone. In this article, gardening expert Liessa Bowen looks at her favorite drought-tolerant plants for dry climates.

African Violet with small blooms sitting indoors up close

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7 Signs Your African Violets Aren’t Getting Enough Water

Are you worried that your African Violets may not be getting enough water? These popular houseplants can be picky about their moisture needs. In this article, gardening expert Liessa Bowen looks through the most common symptoms that your African Violets may show when they are lacking in moisture.

Amaryllis growing in container with white flowers that has red stripes

Flowers

How to Plant, Grow and Care For Flowering Amaryllis Plants

Thinking of adding some Amaryllis to your garden but aren't sure where to start? These popular plants can bring some extra color into your indoor or outdoor garden. In this article, gardening expert Liessa Bowen examines all you need to know about Amaryllis and their care.

low maintenance plants full sun

Plants

27 Low Maintenance Plants That Thrive in Full Sun

Looking for some low-maintenance plants that thrive in sunny conditions? There are many different sun-friendly plants to choose from, depending on your hardiness zone. In this article, gardening expert Liessa Bowen lists her favorite sun-loving plants that don't require much work from you in the garden.

Pink blooming clematis vine that was recently transplanted to a new garden location

Vines

How and When to Transplant Clematis Plants

Trying to transplant your clematis but aren't sure when or how to do it? Transplanting these popular vines is fairly straightforward. In this article, gardening expert Liessa Bowen takes you through each step of transplanting clematis, starting with when to do it, through how it's done.

Pink blooming clematis vine is in full season with a bright pink flower

Vines

When Does Clematis Bloom? Will it Bloom All Summer?

Did you plant flowering Clematis plants last season, but aren't quite sure when to expect them to bloom? There are a few factors that go into Clematis bloom times. In this article, gardening expert Liessa Bowen looks at when you can expect your Clematis to bloom this season, and beyond.