Lynn Gusman

About Lynn

Raised in a household of gardeners and chefs, Lynn has enjoyed working with plants from seed to table her entire life. As a naturally science-minded and curious person, Lynn pursued her passion for plants and insects through her education, focusing on Integrated Pest Management practices in both agricultural and commercial settings. Lynn has worked in many aspects of the horticultural world, from teaching High School Agricultural Science in the Pacific Northwest, to managing a family-owned Garden Center in the South, to IPM and Marketing with large commercial growers in the Midwest. Now, Lynn uses her enjoyment of teaching with Plant Addicts as a contributing writer since August 2022. When she is not researching the best perennials to plant in her Northeast Ohio garden, she is caring for her extensive houseplant collection and resisting the urge to fill up every inch of her home with greenery. 


Education and Certifications

Bachelor of Arts in Botany/Entomology from New College of Florida

Senior thesis: “Creating a Spotting Wing Drosophila, Drosophila suzukii (Matsumura), Fruit Puree Diet to Facilitate Integrated Pest Management Techniques”


Organic Gardening


Pests Management

Favorite Plants 

With the clusters of small, brightly colored flowers and whimsical, feathery leaves, Yarrow is one of the most resilient perennials. Named after the mythological character Achilles and said to be used by his soldiers for healing wounds, Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) is a favorite of pollinators like bees and butterflies, which is one thing that makes them so attractive for the native perennial gardener. Pair a bright yellow Moonshine Yarrow with the multicolor Cheyenne Spirit Coneflower, add a low-growing vibrant-colored Coral Bell like Sweet Tea Heucherella around the plants’ base, and you have a drought-tolerant clump of perennial goodness. 

Most Popular Articles Published

Planting Perennials & Shrubs In The Fall

Houseplant Sunlight Guide

Houseplant Problems

Planting Houseplants

Growing Houseplants Outdoors

Caring For Outdoor Plants In Winter