You know that I love designing beautiful landscapes with perennials, trees, shrubs and boulders, and building patios and walkways for our customers. But what you may not know is that one of my private passions is on a much smaller scale: succulents.
Five Ways to Grow Resilient Gardens in a Changing Climate
Spring is here, and as the days grow longer and the soil warms, eager gardeners have spades and seedlings at the ready. Experienced gardeners are especially aware of seasonal cues, which inform their actions throughout the planting and growing seasons.
Shade Garden Sanctuary
Sometimes, temperatures in August make it to hot to think, yet work in the garden. That’s when you move to the shade. You can create a little sanctuary for yourself (and a few lucky friends) with the addition of shade-loving plants, a water source such as a gurgling fountain and a colorful patio umbrella if you don’t have mature trees nearby.
New Research Assesses the Value of Urban Pollinator Gardens
In recent years, gardeners have become increasingly interested in maximizing the benefits their garden spaces can provide for pollinating insects.
Factors to Consider when Choosing Tree Species
Trees and shrubs are valuable elements in both public and private landscapes, and the wise investment of time and careful selection will only increase their value.
Adding More Blooms to Your Garden Invites More Birds
Over the last 20 years we’ve lost billions of birds – birds that are both beautiful and play critical roles in the environment… such as eating pests. We do not know all the complex drivers leading to the population decline of birds, but habitat loss is certainly part of the story.
9 Native Illinois Shrubs for Sun and Shade
Whether you have an area around your home that gets full sun or shade, is wet or dry, there is a native shrub option for you. Native shrubs are touted as easier to care for and provide ecosystems services like flowers for pollinators and berries for bird. When planting native shrubs, plant in groups and water during the establishment period.
These Plants are Best Friends Forever
In nature, plants grow in communities, but we often treat them as individuals in our gardens. When we learn how to grow them together, we can take advantage of their natural harmonies, boost the strength of each plant, and make our whole garden sing. Here’s a guide to companion planting!
5 Everyday Plants for a DIY Wedding Bouquet
It can be tricky to pick the perfect flower arrangements and bouquets for a wedding. Even trickier can be creating something that’s unique and original. We’ve compiled a short list of five, unique plants sure to bring interest and beauty to any arrangement, whether it’s for a special day or every day at home.
Shade Garden Success in 5 Steps
When your landscape offers the bonus of cool, refreshing shade, creating a beautiful garden requires a fresh approach to plant selection and care. Many go-to favorites for sunny gardens fall short on blooms, beauty and health in low-light situations.