Emily Rosedale-Kousoulis is the granddaughter of Monrovia founder Harry Rosedale, Sr. Based in Southern California where Monrovia began, Emily has had a passion for plants ever since her first visits to the nursery as a child. As a Monrovia Ambassador, she combines her keen eye for style and design with her love of plants to suggest ways to refresh your garden this season.
Emily's Holiday Plant Picks
'Tis the season to bask in the joy and magic of plants! Emily brings us creative holiday ideas and top picks for holiday décor and gifts. Find her favorites below.
"I always try to do something fun and festive on my porch, something easy to grow in containers and that lasts all of winter and beyond. This year I am adding our Yuletide Camellia. I love its eye-catching red flowers and bright green foliage. Bonus: They make gorgeous cut flowers for festive holiday vases!" Up to 10' tall and wide. Zones 7-10.
"Have you seen our gorgeous tabletop topiaries in terracotta pots? If you ever spot one at a garden center, grab it immediately! I promise it won't be there the next day. Look for Little Ollie® Dwarf Olive, Lavender, and Little Ragu® Sweet Bay. These are my favorite hostess gifts." Up to 8' tall and wide in the landscape. Zones 8-11.
"This year I'm ordering my mom a Nuccio's Bella Rossa Camellia from our holiday shop! It has an abundance of gorgeous 4" crimson red blooms that bloom over a long period of time. They are the gift that will keep giving. I cannot wait to surprise her and have it arrive on her doorstep." Up to 8' tall and wide. Zones 8-10.
Emily's October Plant Picks
Emily loves to get creative with plants, and this is the perfect time to experiment with colors and unexpected autumn combos. We asked Emily about ways to transform the porch for Halloween, plants that look great with pumpkins, and fun ways to bring the garden to life during the increasing darkness of the season.
"Make your garden come alive after dark with a moon garden! Imagine enjoying your garden at night without flooding your yard with artificial light. Moon gardens include plants with white flowers and silver or variegated foliage, like Angel Wings® Senecio." Up to 16" tall and wide. Zones 8-11.
"The best designs also include some fragrant plants, like our Silver Anouk Spanish Lavender. Not only will its stunning silver foliage stand out, but you'll also enjoy its fragrance into the evening. It's especially great along pathways." Up to 30" tall and wide. Zones 6-10.
Emily's September Plant Picks
This month, Emily is getting ready for the changing seasons by turning to her favorite indoor plants to create a relaxing retreat indoors.
Emily's August Plant Picks
This month, Emily is choosing her favorite plants to bring a tropical, vacation-like vibe to the garden.
Emily's June Plant Picks
This June, she shares her picks for a garden abundant in life, beauty, and fresh, homegrown harvests. Embracing the trend toward mixing fruiting, pollinator-friendly, and ornamental plants in a lush melding of layers that extends to overhead vines like grapes (The Zestful™ Series is one that works well in her warm-climate garden), Emily suggests these plants for your garden of abundance:
"I love having these right outside my kitchen door. With the number of blueberries this beauty produces, this definitely gives you a bang for your buck! My friends and I have made so many pies with these sweet and juicy berries (get the recipe in the Blueberry Care Guide)." Up to 4' tall and wide. Zones 6-10.
Emily's May Plant Picks
For Emily's first Mother's Day, she chose plants that are perfect gifts for all the mothers out there.
"Peonies are the perfect gift for new mothers. They're what I would want for my first Mother's Day. They look delicate but are surprisingly hardy. I call them a legacy gift because they can live up to 100 years!" Up to 20" tall and wide. Zones 4-8.
"Gardenias are my nostalgic pick in honor of my own mother. They have always been her favorite. I can't walk past one without thinking of her. I love them planted in a spot you spend lots of time in or by a window, open to let in the fragrance." Up to 8' tall, 6' wide. Zones 8-11.
Emily's April Plant Picks
In April, Emily chose "small wonder" plants perfect for compact places, plus colorful, easy-care flowers.
Do you remember the rude violet in Alice in Wonderland? Well, the Halo Sky Blue Perennial Violet couldn't be more different. Sweet, tiny, yet mighty. With its heart-shaped foliage, you'll love its heat tolerance and how long-lasting it is in your garden. Up to 10" tall, 12" wide. Zones 5-9.
Photo by Ball Horticulture.