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  • Properly chosen prairie plants thrive in gardens

    Properly chosen prairie plants thrive in gardens
    When the prairie is in its golden glory, a sea of grasses dotted with colorful and interesting flowers, many of us wish we could take that look home. Fortunately, gardeners in the Chicago area can do just that. Many native prairie perennials, deep-...
  • Be good to all the bees

    Be good to all the bees
    We need bees to carry pollen for our vegetable and fruit crops as well as our flowers and trees. And of course, we love honeybees for their honey. But honeybees are not the only bees on the block, says Stephanie Adams, plant health care research...
  • Wrap up garden chores now to reap rewards next spring

    Wrap up garden chores now to reap rewards next spring
    As fall rolls around, a gardener's thoughts turn to pumpkins, not outdoor domestic drudgery, but just a little laboring now before you stow the shovel and trowel can make for a better garden experience next spring. Here's how a few very busy garden...
  • Fall perennials worth noting

    Fall perennials worth noting
    There's more to an autumn garden than chrysanthemums. A number of perennials bloom in fall, providing a cheerful complement to the rich colors of leaves in the trees and shrubs. Tall sedums (Hylotelephium species), with their mounds of tiny flowers...
  • Bundle up those planters

    Bundle up those planters
    Soon enough, cold winds will blow. And those cold winds will be especially hard on trees, shrubs and perennials in pots. In a container, plants' roots are far more exposed and vulnerable than they would be down in the ground. Now is the time to take...
  • Divide to multiply: a perennial task

    Divide to multiply: a perennial task
    Early fall is an excellent time to divide perennials. Dividing doesn't just multiply your supply of plants (or give you extras to trade with other gardeners for something new). It also can be a way to reinvigorate a mature clump that has died out in the...
  • Crafting a romantic adventure

    Crafting a romantic adventure
    When 23-year-old Leo Kowal decided to attend a friend's birthday party in 2005 in Downers Grove, finding love was the last thing on his mind. "I had been putting so much energy into the wrong people, and things hadn't worked out, so I decided to stop...
  • Alliums fill late-spring gap in garden

    Alliums fill late-spring gap in garden
    The crocuses disappear, the daffodils fade, the tulips peak, and then up pop the alliums: globes of flowers rising like blue and purple soap bubbles above the lush green foliage of late spring. "I like them because they bloom between the other spring...
  • Steps to a healthy tree

    Steps to a healthy tree
    Tree planting time is under way: Spring and early fall are the best times to get trees and shrubs in the ground. It doesn't take long to plant a tree, says Gary Watson, head of research at The Morton Arboretum in Lisle and co-author of "The Practical...
  • Call a truce with garden insects

    Call a truce with garden insects
    Some of a gardener's best friends are bugs. Yes, bugs. Many of the insects and other creepy-crawlies in our flower beds and vegetable patches and on trees are doing good work. Most are harmless, though there are a few that might do our plants...
  • Power planter: Susan Beard's jaw-dropping garden

    Power planter: Susan Beard's jaw-dropping garden
    Turn into Susan Beard's drive, and you'll notice right away: Spring-flowering bulbs are strewn like a pastel carpet beneath spreading trees and a sea of white narcissus rises to meet the road in front of the house. The native tree species, drifts of grape...