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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 [...]

Groundcover Alternatives to Grass

By | March 8th, 2016|Curb Appeal, Easy-Care Plants, Flowers, General News, Landscaping, Lawn-free, New Plants, Pollinators, Shade gardens|

Is there an area in your yard that lacks interest? Is there an area in your yard that just won’t grow healthy grass? Is your parkway uninspiring? This spring, instead of spending another year dissatisfied with it, consider filling this space with grass alternatives. By using lesser known groundcovers and ornamental grasses, these spaces can be transformed [...]

Day Trips: Local Gardens Worth Visiting

By | August 11th, 2015|Children's garden, Flowers, Japanese garden, Seasonal Color, Things to Do|

There is no time like the present to visit local garden gems. Large and small, these gardens offer beautiful backdrops for portrait taking, personal enjoyment and respite from life’s hustle and bustle. Please enjoy this list of our favorite local gardens to visit, all within a day’s drive of Chicagoland. We highlight gardens that are [...]

Case Study: Renewed Landscape for Century-Old Manufacturer

By | July 13th, 2015|Curb Appeal, Easy-Care Plants, Eco-Friendly, Flowers, Front Yard, General News, Industrial, Paving and Hardscaping|

IRMCO® Advanced Lubricant Technologies is a manufacturer of oil-free metal forming and tube bending lubricants. The company, founded in 1914 and based in Evanston since 1919, is considered an industry innovator, a steward for the environment and an exemplary neighbor in the West End Industrial District. CEO Jeff Jeffery, the great-grandson of founder William Oats Jeffery, contacted Nature's Perspective [...]

A Plant You Should Know: Deutzia

By | May 13th, 2015|Flowers, Seasonal Color, Shade gardens, Shrubs, Spring|

This time of year, big box nurseries often offer a lot of what’s most popular: lilacs, forsythias, azaleas. Why not "think outside the box" and use Deutzia, a small, carefree shrub that bears pretty spring flowers on arching stems, settles to a neat, rounded appearance in summer and ends the season with lovely burgundy colored [...]

Perennials for the Pollinator Garden

By | May 12th, 2015|Easy-Care Plants, Eco-Friendly, Flowers|

Spring is an ideal time to plan and install herbaceous perennial plants. Many 1-gallon size perennials will provide a great flower display in the first year. Perennials provide a source of nectar and habitat for pollinators after spring flowers on trees and shrubs have passed. News of our wild pollinators dropping in number in recent [...]

Case Study: The Infinite Love Garden

By | February 10th, 2015|Bluestone, Case Study, Easy-Care Plants, Flowers, Outdoor Living, Paving and Hardscaping, Pets|

The ability to find joy in the midst of great loss is a character trait that is not just hard to grasp, but one to be admired. The inspiration behind this project, located in the Ravenswood neighborhood of Chicago, was to honor the memory of a wife who was taken from this world too soon, and to [...]

Beyond Valentine’s Day: Roses For Your Garden

By | February 10th, 2015|Easy-Care Plants, Flowers, Gift Giving, Landscaping, Plants|

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 [...]

Tips for a Picture-Perfect Spring Display

By | September 5th, 2014|Flowers, Seasonal Color, Spring|

As we head into fall, and bulb planting season nears, here are some helpful tips for a picture-perfect floral display when spring arrives. We've made them easier to remember by giving them movie titles! ONE HIT WONDER Tulips are available in an astounding variety of shapes, sizes and colors, but need replenishing every year or two [...]