| Aug 14, 2013
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-...
| Sep 5, 2013
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...
| Sep 10, 2013
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...
| Sep 10, 2013
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...
| Sep 17, 2013
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...
| Sep 24, 2013
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...
| Dec 8, 2013
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...
| Sep 27, 2013
| 8:08 AM
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...
| May 1, 2013
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...
| May 13, 2013
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...
| May 17, 2013
| 11:42 AM
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...