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

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Foliage offers fragrance, too!

It is a shame fragrance is an often overlooked characteristic when we choose plants for our gardens. A scent can evoke precious memories. The first whiff of lilacs sends me time traveling to my childhood home cutting my mother’s lilacs for bouquets. The sweet perfume of peonies rouses images of my mom walking arm in… Continue reading Foliage offers fragrance, too!