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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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Understanding Fertilizers: What do those numbers mean?

It won’t be long before plants should be growing like gangbusters in our gardens again. What can we do if a few of them seem less than enthusiastic to wake up or are struggling to get their green on? First, commit to building the health of your soil over the upcoming season. “Feed your soil… Continue reading Understanding Fertilizers: What do those numbers mean?

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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!

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Red in the Garden All Year Long

In home design, neutral colors are those easy-going tones that don’t offend. They partner easily with other colors or serve as backdrops for more assertive accent colors. In the garden, the obvious choice of a neutral color is green, and red is a dramatic accent color in front of or over green foliage. In spring,… Continue reading Red in the Garden All Year Long

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Heucherella: Best of Heuchera & Tiarella

If you need a compact, mounding plant with a lot of pizzazz for the garden or containers, look no further than foamy bells. Heucherella is a cross of two genera – Heuchera (commonly called coral bells) and Tiarella (aka foamflower). They get their spectacular foliage color – apricot, bronze, coral, purple, chartreuse or silver –… Continue reading Heucherella: Best of Heuchera & Tiarella