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 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.