Knowledge and resources about plants and planting are so vast they can be overwhelming. The best approach is to take advantage of information based on your areas of interest and then seek the guidance of a plant professional. Your local nursery or garden center has inspired people ready to offer advice.

Fuschia Peony

A Guide to Growing Prolific Peonies

Peonies have been cultivated for thousands of years, and for good reasons. Their massive blooms are some of the most impressive of all the spring and early summer. It doesn’t take much know-how to make these perennials happy. In fact, they’re easy to maintain and they supply ample blossoms for cut-flowers as well!

Fall Oak Tree

Why October is Renamed Oaktober

Oaks are essential to the ecosystem and in Illinois, we celebrate them the entire month of October. It’s a great time of year to plant an oak because fall planting gives the tree an extra growing season before the stress of summer. The combination of cooler temperatures and fall rain allows the newly-planted oak to

Fall is for Planting Vegetables

Fall is for Planting Vegetables

As the cool autumn season begins its descent, you may think that the gardening season is over until next summer. But not so fast…Fall is the perfect time of year for planting cool weather crops! Fall planting not only extends your garden season but also brings on those delicious crops that do best in the

Indoor Plants

7 Steps to Move Plants Indoors for Winter

Rather than let our tender plants succumb to winter, we can easily transfer them indoors. This move not only keeps the plants alive, but allows us to save money on future plants and enjoy the benefits of houseplants in the off-season, like purer air and a more refreshing atmosphere. Every successful transition includes potting, pest management, and acclimatization.

Berries on a Bush

Backyard Berries for Homegrown Fun

One of the best parts of gardening is when you get to literally eat the fruits of your labors. Growing edible fruits and berries at home provides tasty, nutritious treats and sweet rewards. Fruit-bearing plants and edibles include favorites such as apples, cherries and plums, but these four backyard berries can expand your edible landscape and your homegrown fun.

Low Maintenance Groundcover

5 Low-Maintenance Groundcovers

The right groundcover can simplify your life and beautify your landscape – all in one attractive, easy-care package. Low-maintenance groundcovers are great assets, especially when massed under trees or on hard-to-mow slopes and erosion-prone sites. You’ll love the low-maintenance magic these five favorites can bring to your landscape.

Pruning Clematis

Pruning Clematis & Garden Cleanup

Watch a video on how to prune Clematis and how to ensure a clean and healthy garden. Also, learn tips and tricks to keep your flower bed in great shape and easy steps to make gardening an easier experience.

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