Choosing Plants

Choosing Plants

Hot to make Stunning Winter Containers for Illinois

Don’t put away your flower pots and containers just yet! The holidays are coming up quickly, and it’s time to get festive with fancy decorations. Get your containers ready for the winter with this helpful guide on building gorgeous containers using materials from your garden, ornaments, and fresh greenery.

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Christmas Cactus Care and Blooms

Just as the days are their darkest and winter begins, the Christmas cactus starts to bloom. The radiant petals of pink, red, white, or yellow are a highlight of the holiday season, and keep blooming until mid-winter.

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Salt Tolerant Plants

Safe Deicers & Salt Tolerant Plants

Winter safety includes keeping walkways free of ice. Many ice melting products are not plant-friendly. Commonly used rock salt, or sodium chloride, is extremely harmful to plant material and can impact the soil health.

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Storing Dahlias for Winter

Dahlias tubers can be enjoyed for years with proper handling in the fall. Follow these easy tips from National Garden Bureau member American Meadows on how to dig and store your dahlias tubers.

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Evergreen Trees and Other Plants for Privacy

Privacy trees are a great investment – they make front and back yards feel more homey and comfortable, and outdoor entertaining feels more comfortable when you’ve got some privacy from neighbors. Privacy trees are also great for shielding front windows if you keep your curtains open for your plants! Whether you have a small front yard in the city or sprawling field in the country, there are plenty of evergreen trees and plants for privacy in suit landscapes of any size.

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Fall is a Great Time to Plant

For gardeners in many parts of the country, fall is a great time to plant just about anything. Except in the coldest regions, fall can provide most perennials, shrubs and trees with enough time to become established in their new home before experiencing extreme heat, cold or drought. Familiarity with your own climate, hardiness zone and the hardiness of the plant you want to put in the ground will guide your decision. 

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Perk Up Your Porch with These Fall Container Design Ideas

Fall scenery is so rich in color and warmth, but while our trees and shrubs are taking on such gorgeous autumn shades, many of our summer annuals have bitten the dust. If your container gardens and pots look tired lately, we recommend adding some late-blooming fall annuals and ornamental plants to spruce up the scenery! Here are some container design ideas to get the creative energy flowing. 

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Our Top Picks for Fall Planting and Winter Interest

The first snow of the year is always and exciting day, but by February, we’re all pretty tired of staring out our window at the plain white landscape. Luckily, with some strategic planting in fall, you can be sure your garden never lacks color and texture – even when it’s covered in a blanket of snow!

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Design Inspiration for Your 2023 Spring Bulb Garden

Fall has arrived, and that means it’s time to plant those spring-blooming bulbs and exercise your creative inspiration in the garden! The good news is that there are many gorgeous color palettes and fascinating new cultivars to experiment with when designing a spring landscape. If you’re looking for ideas, we’ve got some winning combinations that will look beautiful in your 2023 garden, plus tips on getting as many blooms as possible.

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