- More post to come this winter: Please stay tuned.
- Beware of Plants in the Landscape that May Cause Skin Reactions
- Butterfly Weed: Perennial of the Year
- The Marvels of Spring Ephemerals
- Upcoming Native Landscaping Conference
- Learn About Invasive Species That May Be in Your Yard
- Plants for Winter Interest
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- May 2017 (1)
- March 2017 (1)
- January 2017 (1)
- December 2016 (1)
- November 2016 (1)
- August 2016 (1)
- June 2016 (1)
- May 2016 (1)
- April 2016 (1)
- March 2016 (1)
- February 2016 (1)
- January 2016 (2)
- December 2015 (1)
- November 2015 (1)
- October 2015 (2)
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Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Please stay tuned. I will be on parental leave until further notice. Please look for more post this winter. Thank you for your patience, Nancy...
Tuesday, August 1, 2017
There are a number of plants to be cautious of while working in your landscape. Learn more from the South Town Star article in which I was quoted by clicking here . Click here for a more extensive...
Monday, May 22, 2017
Late spring to early summer is a good time to incorporate perennials into the garden. As you contemplate plant selection, why not consider butterfly weed, named the 2017 Perennial Plant of the Year™ by the Perennial Plant Association. Butterfly weed ( Asclepias tuberosa ) is a well-behaved, easy-care plant native to Illinois. It is common in most regions of the state, except in some west...
Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Spring will be arriving soon, and with the new season comes brand new foliage followed by a burst of flowers. Gardeners poking around the yard may discover plants emerging here and there. Some of the earliest of these plants are native spring ephemerals. Ephemerals, or short-lived plants, are often misunderstood and I refer to them as the mystery plants of the Eastern U.S. deciduous for...
Thursday, January 26, 2017
West Cook Wild Ones Presents: The Naturally Beautiful Garden Conference 2017 Saturday, February 11, 2017 from 12:00 PM – 5:30 PM Triton College Performing Arts Center, River Grove, IL. 60171. I highly recommend this conference if you are looking into incorporating native plants in your yard. Two great speakers are on the agenda. Read more below and click...
Monday, December 19, 2016
Extension is hosting an upcoming workshop that may interest you. First Detector workshops bring awareness to pests and diseases that are invading our region. Space is limited, so be sure to register soon. If the south suburban (Orland Park) session is full, please contact me to learn about other regional workshops. The details are posted below. First Detector Workshop...
Saturday, November 19, 2016
In our Illinois climate, gardeners can take advantage of the changing seasons with landscape plants that show their true colors in winter. Just as a gardener plans a perennial flower bed based on bloom times, you should think about the larger characteristics of the landscape by selecting trees, shrubs, grasses, and groundcovers with showy winter features. Many plants will make a fine display, w...
Monday, August 15, 2016
As your plants may be looking a little sad or dwindling down as temperatures cool, some of you may be wondering if you should fertilize these plants. When it comes to fertilizing trees and shrubs at this time, the answer is NO. Fertilizing woody plants (trees and shrubs) while they are still actively growing in late summer will result in a flush of growth that may not have time to harden off be...
Thursday, June 30, 2016
The garden season has been keeping me busy and I apologize for the lack of recent posts. I wanted to maintain contact with my readers, so, I am sharing a few links regarding rose care. Now is a good time to deadhead or remove those spent flowers on your roses. Deadheading basically tricks the plant into producing more flowers so the plant can ultimately produce fruit and seed. If you are unsur...
Friday, May 20, 2016
One current garden trend is using colorful structures as backdrops, frames, or focal points. A structure can be as simple as a trellis or painted ladder or may be more complex, like a vertical garden. The easiest, most inexpensive way to incorporate color with a structure is to invest in some outdoor paint for an existing trellis, arbor, or fence. Be sure to prepare painting surfaces pr...
Friday, April 15, 2016
Spring has sprung and the time for gardening preparation is here. If you are looking for an inexpensive and easy way to begin a new garden bed start saving your cardboard! When installing a new garden bed, I use leftover cardboard from shipping materials or newspaper (six-layers thick) to suffocate existing lawn and vegetation rather than renting a sod cutter or removing it by hand. It...
Wednesday, March 9, 2016
Late Winter through Early Spring is a Good Time to Prune: Build Pruning into Your Landscape Maintenance Plan
Proper pruning is a must when it comes to trees and shrubs. Not only will it improve aesthetics, it will improve the structure and longevity of your woody landscape plants. Now is the time to prune. Here are some steps to follow when pruning deciduous shrubs and trees: Reasons for pruning: Safety...
Monday, February 15, 2016
Herbs are a favorite in most gardens, and transplants can be expensive. Why not try starting seeds indoors this winter as you anticipate warmer weather? March is a good time to begin. Some herbs that are fairly easy to start as seeds indoors and will beautify your landscape include rosemary, thyme, sage and chives. Most of these seeds are very fine and take a fair amount of time to germ...
Wednesday, January 27, 2016
When the weather outside is frightful, I like to research new plant varieties that I can introduce to my garden in the spring or summer. While I was exploring, I discovered that 2016 marks the Year of the Begonia. Begonias are a favorite of mine and with good reason. The National Garden Bureau announced that 2016 is the Year of the Begonia in the a...
Monday, January 11, 2016
Please forgive the lack of recent posts. With the holidays and year-end reports, I am a little behind. With that said, I hope you enjoy learning about one of my favorite hobbies: making fairy garden terrariums! With the cold weather keeping us from landscaping outdoors, why not bring your creativity and efforts indoors? If you are itching for some interaction with plant...
Tuesday, December 8, 2015
By now you may be getting tired of looking at your remaining spent plants or bare container gardens. Why not spruce them up for the winter with some greenery, twigs and other holiday decorations? When designing my home landscape, I considered planting evergreens and shrubs that I could cut for use in my winter container garden designs. Not only do these types of plants provide interesti...
Monday, November 16, 2015
Now is the time to dig and store your tropical bulbs and bulb-like structures. Today I will be focusing on cannas (Photo 1), which has a rhizome structure. Although this is termed differently, these tropical plants should be treated as tender bulbs and should be dug up before the first killing frost. The Weather Channel is predicting freezing temperatures this Friday night. Be sure to get outs...