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Whether prairie plant or pansy, native or ornamental, gain insight into all aspects of gardening & wildlife.
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Hummingbird Favorites

Hummingbirds are so entirely unique and captivating, that it seems like a treat anytime we are graced by their presence with a visit to our plants. Even more so when we planted those plants specifically with this in mind! Undoubtedly hummingbird feeders have their value, and yet somehow there is something very special about a hummingbird actually drinking nature's true nectar, sourced directly...

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Fall Color with Natives

Posted by Kim Ellson - Gardening

We gardeners all long for one last burst of color to enjoy before winter arrives. Kim Ellson, a horticulture educator with University of Illinois Extension, suggests looking to native plants not only for color but for vital wildlife services. "For fall we tend to reach for those cultivated favorites we have come to know and love: mums, pansies, asters, ornamental kales, cabbages, pepper...

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