Category Archives: Bees and Butterflies

Coneflower Crazy

Coneflowers (Echinacea) are the stars of the summer garden.  It is almost impossible to take your eyes off of the masses of colorful flowers that stand in a long-lasting display. Their colorful petals are arranged around beautiful cones that show in orange, bronze, yellow, and green. Flowers come in an array of colors … Continue Reading ››

Beautiful Black-Eyed Susans

The beauty of Black-Eyed Susans (Rudbeckia) is hard to overstate. Reliable and quick to establish, these beautiful perennials attract birds, butterflies, and bees. The bright golden yellow flowers have black or brown centers and make a bold color statement in the garden from midsummer to fall.

Black-Eyed Susans are versatile when it comes to … Continue Reading ››

Drought Tolerant Plants

This year's dry weather and oppressive heatwave have had many of us scrambling to keep up with watering.  Moisture loving plants pout, crisp, and languish in the relentless dry heat. Luckily, there are many plants that can withstand dry periods after they're established. Read on for our list of drought tolerant plants that … Continue Reading ››

Plants for Wet Soils

Wet soils are a challenge for both gardeners and landscape plants alike. Many plants struggle and eventually die in oxygen deprived soil, so choosing the right plants for wet sites is critical. If you're dismayed at loosing plants over and over in a boggy area, fret not! Here's our list of plants for … Continue Reading ››

Hardy Hibiscus: Tropical Flare in the Midwest Garden

Tropical style is all the rage right now. Caladiums fly off the benches. Cuttings of rare specimens sell for unimaginable sums. Monsteras have made 'fenestration' a household term. This is all well and good, but there is only one true queen when it comes to tropical flare in the Midwest landscape, and her … Continue Reading ››