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Cayla Leonard

Cayla Leonard


Cayla Leonard is a writer from North Carolina who is passionate about plants.  She enjoys reading and writing fiction and poetry of all kinds, playing dungeons and dragons, and putting together jigsaw puzzles.

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A basket of freshly harvested garlic

The best (and worst) garlic companion plants

Garlic is a delicious and beneficial plant to add to your garden. This guide to garlic companion plants will tell you which plants it can grow next to.
White fan flowers

Scaevola: How to grow these uniquely shaped fan flowers for a stunning summer garden

Fan flowers are wonderful tropical flowers native to Polynesia. Want to grow them yourself? Here's what you need to know about caring for fan flowers.
Growing watermelon

The best (and worst) watermelon companion plants

Watermelons are delicious treats. They can take up a lot of space, but you can still grow other plants with them. Here are the best watermelon companion plants.
Light pink gerbera daisy

Focus on color: Grow these peach-colored flowers to celebrate the Pantone color of the year

The Pantone color of the year for 2024 is Peach Fuzz, so here are some lovely peach flowers you can grow indoors or out to celebrate the new year.
Philodendron in a small peach colored flower pot

How to care for philodendrons, a decorative indoor plant

Philodendrons are low-maintenance and beautiful plants. This philodendron care guide will tell you everything you need to know to make sure yours thrives.
Pink hibiscus flower

Hibiscus care: Everything you need to know

Hibiscus flowers are beautiful and delicious tropical flowers! If you want to grow them in your yard or garden, then follow this hibiscus care guide.
White gardenia flower and flower buds

How to care for gardenia, a fragrant, heat-loving bloom

Gardenias are a beautiful classic garden flower that thrives in the summer. This is what you need to know to plant and care for gardenias in your garden.
Grass with dew on it

How often should you water your grass seeds? Here’s what we know

Growing grass from seed can be challenging — don't blow it by watering incorrectly.
Lotus flowers in a lake

Water lily vs. lotus: What’s the difference and which is right for you?

Water lilies and lotuses are beautiful, but how can you tell them apart? Which should you plant in your pond? We'll answer all your questions in this guide.
A heliotrope plant growing in a garden

Add heliotrope to your garden for stunning purple flowers all summer long

If you need a vibrant flower with an incredible smell, why not try growing heliotrope? Here's what you need to know about caring for this flower.
Gooseneck loosestrife flowers with a fly

Gooseneck loosestrife might be the perfect plant for your pollinator garden – here’s what to know

Gooseneck loosestrife is a delightful plant with a silly name that can bring joy and whimsy to your pollinator garden. Here's how to grow it for yourself.
A small jade plant in a pot with other succulents

Jade plant care: A complete grower’s guide

Jade plants are beautiful succulents that are surprisingly easy to care for. Want to add this charming plant to your home? This care guide will show you how.
Manicured lawn with flower beds beneath shade trees

5 essential spring lawn care tips you need to know

Preparing your lawn for the spring growing season doesn't have to be difficult. Here are five spring lawn care tips to help you ensure your greass thrives.
Cucumber vines flowering on trellis

How to pollinate cucumbers for your garden

If you’ve tried growing cucumbers, sometimes they don’t always produce so well. We'll tell you how to solve your pollination problems.
Dark pink bougainvillea flowers along a fence top

Protect your sanctuary with these amazing garden fence ideas

Garden fences are important for protecting your plants from pests and even just as decoration. Here are some garden fence ideas to get your started.
Harvesting broccoli

The best (and worst) broccoli companion plants

It can be tricky to find plants that grow well with broccoli, which is why we've assembled a list of nine broccoli companion plants to help you get started.
A field of black-eyed Susans

These are our favorite biennial flowers for a garden

Biennial flowers may not be as common as perennial or annual flowers, but they can be just as lovely. Here are our favorites to add to your garden.
Three pansy plants in terracotta pots

The do’s and don’ts of caring for pansies

Pansies are cheerful early spring flowers that fit practically any garden. Here's how to keep yours healthy and thriving through spring and summer.
Orange, red, yellow, and white gerbera daisies clustered together

How to care for gerbera daisies, vibrant flowers that everyone loves

Gerbera daisies are colorful, charming, and cheerful, so it's no wonder they're popular. Here's everything you need to know to grow them in your garden.
Close up of a bright blue cornflower

Spruce up your garden with these gorgeous blue flowers

Blue is a beautiful color, and there are many blue flowers to choose from. Here are our six favorites you can add to your garden this year.
Three small plants growing in kokedama moss balls on a blue background

Kokedama is an easy and elegant gardening trend that you can try today

Kokedama gardening is a technique from Japan that looks impressive, but is surprisingly easy to make and maintain. Here's what you need to know.
Elephant ear plant leaves

Elephant ear plant care guide: What you need to know

Elephant ear plants are large, leafy, and lovely, so it's no wonder they're such popular houseplants. Here's what to know about caring for them.
Quaking aspens in fall

6 beautiful, fast-growing trees you should plant in your yard

Trees are wonderful to grow, but they can also take a long time. If you're getting impatient, why not try one of these fast-growing trees instead?
White bacopa flower

Plant your bacopa now for a sweet-looking display through spring and summer

Bacopa is a beautiful plant with trailing stems that look great in containers and in gardens. Here's what you need to know to grow it for yourself.
Red and green rubber tree in a gray pot against a white background

How to propagate your own stunning rubber tree plant from a cutting

Rubber tree plants are small, indoor trees that are great for desks and windowsills. Here's how to start a rubber tree plant from a cutting.
Mulberries ripening on the bush

The complete guide to growing and caring for mulberry trees

Mulberries are delicious but difficult to find in grocery stores. Luckily, they're easy to grow! Here's what you need to know about growing mulberry trees.
Dark red and white nemesia flowers

Caring for nemesia, a cute and colorful perennial for your flower garden

Want to add colorful nemesia flowers to your home or garden? This nemesia care guide has answers to all your questions, from planting to pests.
A pair of morel mushrooms

How to grow morel mushrooms at home and save yourself tons of money

Here's everything you've ever wanted to know about morel mushrooms, as well as a guide on how to grow and care for them.
A propagation station in a wooden frame with three glass jars and plant cuttings.

Is your propagation station breaking the law? Everything you need to know about plant patents

Propagation is an easy way to fill your garden, but some plants are illegal to propagate. Here's what to know about plant patents and other legal protections.
Fiddle-leaf fig beside stairs

How to treat brown spots on fiddle-leaf figs to get your plant back in tiptop shape

Let's walk through how to treat brown spots on fiddle-leaf fig leaves and return your plant to a beautiful green.
Two cucumbers growing from a vine on the ground, with a yellow flower in front

Is a cucumber a fruit or a vegetable? The answer might surprise you

Most people know by now that tomatoes are technically fruits, but what about cucumbers? Here's what we know about this staple fruit/vegetable.
Pink carnation flowers

How to care for carnations, a gorgeous flower for your garden

Carnations are beautiful, and they're remarkably easy to grow. If you're looking to fill your garden with carnations, this is the care guide for you.
A tulip in a vase with water beads

Can you grow plants in water beads? Here’s what you need to know

Water beads are a fun and colorful way to grow plants hydroponically. If you want to give this method a try, here are the plants you should use.
A field of lavender flowers

How to grow lavender from seed to keep your garden and your home smelling fresh

Keep your garden and home smelling fresh by following this simple guide for growing lavender from seed.
A striped zucchini growing on the vine

The best (and worst) zucchini companion plants

Planning your next garden and not sure what to plant beside your zucchinis? This guide to zucchini companion plants has everything you need to know.