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Front Porch Tropical Paradise

I love purple. I typically can’t get enough purple flowers, purple foliage, and purple pots. I had every intention of welcoming guests to our home this summer with a front porch packed with purple. And then it happened. Our order of tropical plants arrived at work. While unwrapping mandevillas winding their way up trellises and… Continue reading Front Porch Tropical Paradise

Garden Design · Perennials

Japanese Painted Ferns add color to shade gardens!

Some gardeners mistakenly believe it is difficult to have a colorful shade garden. They give up, plant some ground cover, and call it a garden. But a beautiful shade garden is as easy as choosing plants with dramatic texture and vibrantly-colored foliage. The Japanese painted fern is a perfect example of a plant with both… Continue reading Japanese Painted Ferns add color to shade gardens!

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Gardens of the Chicago Flower & Garden Show

From the moment you enter this year’s Chicago Flower & Garden show, you know you are in for a treat. Paying homage to Navy Pier’s 100th birthday, the entrance garden features Chicago landmarks, pink and white roses, lush ferns and purple Senetti pericallis. I love the exhibits of tulips, hyacinths and roses. I am more… Continue reading Gardens of the Chicago Flower & Garden Show

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5 Reasons to go to the Chicago Flower & Garden Show

Spring is in the air at Navy Pier. The Chicago Flower & Garden show began last Saturday and continues through Sunday, March 26. There are many reasons to take your green thumbs to the show. Here are the top five: See beautiful gardens. The garden designed and built by Aquascape Inc. is worth the price… Continue reading 5 Reasons to go to the Chicago Flower & Garden Show

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Gardens Need Good Bones

We have all heard about the importance of the bones of our landscapes. We have read dozens of magazine articles, listened to countless lectures, and studied them on garden walks. Never are the bones of the garden more evident than in winter. Without the distraction of flowers and foliage, the skeleton of the landscape is… Continue reading Gardens Need Good Bones