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Hort in the Home Landscape

A blog devoted to sharing timely horticulture topics and answering the questions of gardeners and homeowners.
Beautyberry

Beautyberry

Plant of the Week! This week's plant has some very nice fruits in my landscape right now, the Purple Beautyberry ( Callicarpa dichotoma ). Beautyberry shrubs produce lovely clusters of bright, glossy, violet to purple fruits that put on their best show in October. Small, pink to white flowers bloom in June, though aren't nearly as showy a...

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EAB Adult

EAB confirmed in Jo Daviess county

The Illinois Department of Ag announced last week that Jo Daviess is the latest county to fall victim to the emerald ash borer, a destructive pest responsible for killing millions of ash trees in North America. As it is the northwestern-most county in the state, EAB officially has spanned across the northern third of Illinois. EAB also was recently found in Whiteside County and confirmed this J...

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 Gomphocarpus physocarpus

Balloon Plant

Plant of the week! I came across this week's plant as I was preparing for a tree walk on the Highland Community College campus yesterday. I'll start by saying this is probably the most interestingly named plant I've ever blogged about. The scientific name of this unique plant is Gomphocarpus physocarpus , but the common names are numerou...

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Silver Sage
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Silver Sage

Plant of the Week! This week's plant is a foliage plant that you don't really come across very often, Silver Sage ( Salvia argentea ). I had pretty much forgotten about this lovely Salvia until I came across it last week in Cantigny Park's Idea Garden! This Salvia differs from most other salvias in that it's grown mostly for its beautiful, silver, wooly foliage. Silver sa...

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