Category Archives: Landscaping

Forsythia Welcomes Spring

Few plants herald spring as cheerfully as forsythia. Before the leaves show their faces, this shrub’s branches are covered in bright yellow flowers from top to bottom. As the flowers fade, the clean green foliage emerges and maintains nice color all summer.      

Varieties like the extremely hardy Meadowlark (10’ x 10’) and tough … Continue Reading ››

Rain Garden Basics

Whether you're interested in alleviating erosion in your yard or improving water quality in lakes and rivers, rain gardens are a worthy endeavor.  Not only utilitarian, rain gardens add interest and beauty to your landscape and make a great conversation piece.

If you're curious about rain gardens but don't know where to start, we've … 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 ››