Plants

9 11, 2018

Plants with Winter Interest

By |2018-11-14T07:13:17-06:00November 9th, 2018|Birds, Garden Planning, Landscaping, Plants, Seasonal Color, Winter|0 Comments

Winter interest in your garden can be achieved in several ways. Planning requires careful consideration of your gardening space and your goals. When plants enter winter dormancy, evergreens generally retain the same form and color, while with deciduous plants, structural and textural characteristics become their main decorative feature. Grouping these structures and textures can [...]

9 10, 2018

Oaktober: The Importance of Oak Trees

By |2018-10-12T16:17:22-06:00October 9th, 2018|Eco-Friendly, Family-friendly, Plants, Things to Do, Uncategorized|0 Comments

In the 1880s, native oak trees comprised more than 60 percent of the Chicago region’s tree canopy. Today, that number has dwindled to only 5 percent. Sadly, oak trees are not only struggling in Illinois, but worldwide. About one-third of the world’s oaks are threatened with extinction, due to population growth, climate change and [...]

13 02, 2018

Creating Romance in Your Garden

By |2018-03-20T19:17:46-06:00February 13th, 2018|Design Ideas, Fire Features, Garden Planning, Landscape Lighting, Outdoor settings, Plants|0 Comments

With Valentine's Day upon us, we offer some ideas for creating a little romance in your garden. The word romance primarily means "the feeling of excitement and mystery associated with love". In this article, we speak of romance in its secondary meaning: "a quality or feeling of mystery, excitement and remoteness from everyday life." Create [...]

12 01, 2018

Plants with Winter Interest

By |2018-02-19T16:01:19-06:00January 12th, 2018|Landscaping, Plants, Seasonal Color, Winter|0 Comments

The freezing temperatures over the holidays have kept many indoors, but as the temperatures rise a bit, we encourage you to step outside and spot some plants with winter interest. If your garden could use some, consider the following selections with plenty to offer. ORNAMENTAL TREES Renaissance Reflection Paper Birch. Image credit: Rotary Botanic [...]

7 03, 2017

New Plants & Products for Outdoor Living

By |2018-02-19T16:01:20-06:00March 7th, 2017|Back Yard, Easy-Care Plants, Fire Features, Landscape Accessories, Maintenance, New Plants, Outdoor Living, Paving and Hardscaping, Plants|0 Comments

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 [...]

10 02, 2015

Beyond Valentine’s Day: Roses For Your Garden

By |2018-02-19T16:01:24-06:00February 10th, 2015|Easy-Care Plants, Flowers, Gift Giving, Landscaping, Plants|0 Comments

A traditional gift for Valentine’s Day is a bouquet of roses. Cut flowers are beautiful but not very long lasting.  If you love roses and want to enjoy them all summer long, plant hardy landscape roses in your garden.  These plants are low maintenance and easy to grow. The following are the tried and true [...]

19 08, 2014

Ornamental Grasses: Easy to Care For, Hard to Resist

By |2018-02-19T16:01:25-06:00August 19th, 2014|Easy-Care Plants, Plants, Seasonal Color|0 Comments

Ornamental grasses have gained popularity in recent years due to their low maintenance and potential for year-round interest in the garden. These plants also respond beautifully to the wind and create sound with their rustling leaves. True grasses are in the Grass family (Poaceae) but horticulturists consider Sedges (Carex spp.) within the group of ornamental [...]

21 07, 2014

Parkway Plantings: Less Lawn, More Appeal

By |2018-02-19T16:01:25-06:00July 21st, 2014|Curb Appeal, Drought-Tolerant Plants, Easy-Care Plants, Flowers, Landscaping, Plants, Seasonal Color, Shade gardens|0 Comments

Sometimes we are really tested as landscape designers and horticulturists. One common challenge that we encounter is getting plants to grow in parkways, especially in urban neighborhoods. Large, mature street trees, often with shallow roots and a dense canopy such as Norway Maples, rob a site of sun, moisture and nutrients. Even with these less [...]