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 years in the making.
Accessed by crossing a bridge over a large swale, this long “island” is planted in loose alphabetical order by botanical name from east to west, with ornamental grasses and sedges grouped at the far western end. Shade-loving types like Astilbe, Brunnera and Cimicifuga, and Fern and Hosta are grouped close together and tucked under trees.