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Deer- and Rabbit-Resistant Shrubs

By | August 1st, 2017|Deer resistant, Landscaping, New Plants, Rabbit Resistant, Shrubs|

Living in the Northern Chicago suburbs means abundant parks and forest preserves along with various critters ready to snack on our gardens. Here are six deer- and rabbit-resistant shrubs that will discourage them from feasting on your plants. Deer and rabbits dislike Butterflies Diervilla (Diervilla sessilifolia ‘Butterfly’), although butterflies and hummingbirds enjoy its sweet-tasting yellow flowers [...]

Garden Gem: Perennial Island

By | August 1st, 2017|Uncategorized|

Imagine a living classroom with hundreds of perennial varieties laid out from A-Z. It's all here at Perennial Island, located at Midwest Groundcovers in St. Charles, a wholesale nursery that is 45 minutes west of Chicago. Last week, Nature's Perspective colleagues joined other landscaping industry professionals for the ribbon cutting ceremony of this garden, which was two [...]

Case Study: Reclaiming Privacy and Pleasure

By | July 25th, 2017|Bluestone, Case Study, Curb Appeal, Front Yard, Garden Planning, Landscaping, Natural Stone|

Our clients were renovating the exterior of their charming 1894 Victorian home situated on a corner lot, located in the historic district of Evanston. They wished to reclaim their private space, which was a long and narrow, sloped side yard with a worn, three-terraced patio. One had to step outside and walk around the house [...]

Save the Date: Evanston Green Ball is on May 20th

By | May 10th, 2017|Eco-Friendly, Events, Things to Do|

Here's a worthwhile event that's all the buzz in Evanston: the 6th Annual Evanston Green Ball will be held at the Levy Center, located at 300 Dodge Avenue, on Saturday, May 20th from 7-10:30 p.m. The Green Ball is Evanston’s biggest bash of the year, where attendees will enjoy a natural setting with live trees and plants courtesy [...]

Lovely Lilacs

By | May 9th, 2017|Easy-Care Plants, Flowers, Fragrant plants, Outdoor Living, Plants, Shrubs, Spring|

If there's one plant that stands out in the spring garden, it's the lilac, with its bold, beautiful flowers and wonderfully fragrant blooms. Lilacs come in a variety of sizes and are easy to care for, which make them a wonderful addition to any spot in your garden with full sun and average soil. We are [...]

Seasonal Annuals and Container Gardening

By | March 7th, 2017|Curb Appeal, Flowers, Seasonal Color|

While your garden is waking up from winter, or while it is in transition throughout the year, the quickest way to adorn your property with a boost of color is with seasonal annuals! Fill your empty beds with rivers of colorful begonias, and dazzle your entryway with urns spilling over with petunias and vines. Whether [...]

Tree Disease Alert: Bur Oak Blight

By | March 7th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Last summer, rainy conditions brought about many cases of a fungal infection known as Bur Oak Blight. The fungus survives the winter on infected leaves that remain attached within the tree canopy. During wet springs, the fungi release spores that infect newly forming leaves. By mid- to late-summer, leaf veins turn brown. The discoloration eventually [...]

New Plants & Products for Outdoor Living

By | March 7th, 2017|Back Yard, Easy-Care Plants, Fire Features, Landscape Accessories, Maintenance, New Plants, Outdoor Living, Paving and Hardscaping, Plants|

Here are some of the noteworthy plants and products for outdoor living that we discovered last month during iLandscape, our annual industry trade show. New Plants: Fiber Optics Buttonbush is a variety of the native shrub with showy globe-shaped flowers. Bears fruit and nectar that supports wildlife. Prefers wet locations. 5-6’ h. Full sun. Summer Ruffle Hibiscus is [...]

Save the Date: The Wild & Scenic Film Festival is on February 10th and 24th

By | January 17th, 2017|Eco-Friendly, General News, Special Event, Things to Do|

We invite you to attend the largest film festival in the country promoting a wild and scenic world. The Wild & Scenic Film Festival will be held at the Evanston Ecology Center on February 10 and 24 at 7 PM. Begun in 2003, Wild & Scenic is organized and produced by the South Yuba River [...]

Create A Certified Wildlife Habitat in Your Garden

By | January 17th, 2017|Back Yard, Birds, Butterflies, Eco-Friendly, Landscaping for Birds, Native Plants|

We all love feeling a connection to nature and wildlife when we visit nearby parks and forest preserves. Have you ever thought about bringing that feeling home? There are many things you can do in your own yard to create a garden that attracts wildlife, regardless of how much space you have. You don’t need [...]