Category Archives: Landscaping

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 ››

National Pollinator Month: Perennial Pollinator Garden Basics

It’s National Pollinator Month, and that means it's time to celebrate all things winged and crawling with a perennial pollinator garden!

The plants we choose for a pollinator garden and the practices we employ make a huge difference. Choosing nectar rich plants, native plants, host/habitat plants, and opting for low … Continue Reading ››

‘Tis the Season… for Leaf Gall

Have you noticed strange spots, bumps, or lumps on your tree’s leaves? If so, it could be leaf gall.

It sounds extreme, but gall is nothing to panic about. While it is unsightly, seasonal gall shouldn't negatively impact the health of an otherwise vigorous tree and does not require treatment. 

Leaf gall is caused by … Continue Reading ››