ICN PRO, Shannon McEnerney, Recommends Lesser Calamint

Meet the plant Lesser Calamint (Calamintha nepeta ssp. nepeta) An easy maintenance perennial, Calamintha is covered in tiny white blooms from summer through frost. Looks great planted en masse, and combines well with most other perennials and grasses. Blooms: June – October Exposure: Full sun Type: Herbaceous Perennial Pollinators love it! Meet the ICN Pro[…]


Water carries nutrients from the soil to plant cells; no water, no nutrients. During a hot afternoon, up to half of your watering can be lost to evaporation. Water in the morning or evening so roots have a chance to absorb it.

Proper Mulching

Most plants benefit from an organic mulch covering the soil surface around them. A good organic mulch, such as hardwood bark mulch, conserves moisture, maintains a more even soil temperature, inhibits weed growth, and prevents soil compaction and erosion from rain and irrigation.

Avoiding Tree and Utility Conflicts

Look up and down before planting a tree. Your safety is paramount, and you want your tree to have long life without the possibility of removal or severe pruning because of obstruction of utility lines.


Illinois Certified Nursery Professionals are terrific sources for tree care and pruning with a deep knowledge of the most current techniques and status of your environment. Take advantage of these latest resources that are updated regularly.

Proper Tree Planting

Follow these steps and you will nurture a healthy, vibrant tree that will provide years of outdoor enjoyment and sanctuary.

Invasive Species

Certain plants in your yard might be causing natural areas to suffer. Some aggressive plants that have been commonly used in landscape beds can be migrated to natural areas when their seeds are spread by wildlife or wind. In a natural area not maintained by humans, invasive plants can choke out other plants destroying the ecosystem.


Pollinators are responsible for one-out-of-every-three bites of food we take each day, yet pollinators are at a critical survival point. Increasing the number of pollinator-friendly gardens and landscapes help revive the health of bees, butterflies, and other pollinators.

Seasonal Gardening Tips

Gardening doesn’t need to be a fair weather friend. Seasonal garden plans keep you actively gardening literally every day of the year if you desire and guide your activities so your garden continues to look its best all year.

Native Plants

Native plants are becoming more popular in landscaping because of their restorative role for natural habitats critical for a healthy ecological system. These plants help to sustain birds, pollinators, and insects that contribute to the natural habitat.