Native plants thrive under local conditions and require less maintenance once established. That means less water, less fertilizer, and less pesticides which makes for a healthier Earth. Planting native plants is also good for beneficial insects, birds, and a whole host of wildlife.

Less is more

Less water – In a typical yard, the lawn is the most thirsty part. You can grow drought tolerant native plants to reduce water consumption. The deeper roots of many of the native plants allow them to reach further for water, help them withstand periods of less rainfall, and to reduce erosion during heavy rain.

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Eager to get out in the garden? You don't have to wait to plant some vegetables. Cool season veggies are happy to get planted right now either as a seed or as a plant!

All of our seed selections are non-GMO and certified organic. Some seeds you can start now include kale, lettuce, spinach, radishes, beets, carrots, swiss chard, peas and even parsley. These seeds can be started directly in the ground right now.

The cabbage family (or Brassica oleracea family if you want to be official) is fresh out of our growing greenhouses and ready to plant. All of our vegetables and herbs are grown in organic soil using organic fertilizers and other natural practices. You can choose from several varieties of cabbage, brussels sprouts, broccoli, caulif...

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Preparation is the key to a successful garden and the foundation is your soil. This week we want to help you get started so we've put together some recipes for great soil.

First, does your soil passes the crumble test? A handful of soil should crumble in your hand. If it sticks together, it could be too wet to plant or you have clay soil. If you have heavy clay soil we recommend you add amendments. Below is a good recipe for loosening and enriching soil. If your soil is extra compacted, you may want to add pine fines (composted pine bark mulch used as a soil conditioner) to the recipes below.

How large of an area are you amending? You can amend just the planting hole or amend the entire bed for planting perennials and annuals.

Recipe for...

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Spring, the season of new beginnings and now is a great time to plant trees and shrubs. The cooler temperatures allow for great root development before the first flush of leaves as soon as the soil is workable.

Yes! You can plant trees and shrubs now! Here are a few tips:


• Consider the size of your tree at maturity to allow sufficient distance between the tree and your home. A general rule of thumb is to plant it at least half the distance of mature width of the tree canopy from your house. For example, a tree that will grow to 40' wide should be planted at least 20' away from the house.

• Planting depth is very important. Dig the hole large enough to have the root flare level with the soil surface (approximately 2-3 times wider than the soil ball). To prevent settling, do not disturb ...

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Eager to get outside and work in your garden?! Here are some things you can do this weekend:

• Cut your ornamental grasses to the ground. Finer grasses and leaves may be mulched with a mulching lawnmower and put back in the garden to add nutrients to the soil. Larger grasses should be cut into smaller sections and mulched using a mulcher.

Spring Garden Cleanup

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We love bare root trees! It may seem counter-intuitive but usually bare root trees will establish quicker, grow faster and overall develop better root systems than container or balled and burlapped trees. Read about the benefits and how to plant them here.

2017 Bare Root Selections

Call us at 630.355.4000 or 630.820.8088 to pre-order your trees today! Pre-payment is required at time of order. Quantities are limited and available on a first come first serve basis.


Firefall Maple
Acer x freemanii 'Firefall'


An excellent male cultivar that will not produce seeds. Performs well in our clay soils. Bright orange to scarlet fall color develops earlier than some of the other Freeman maple cultivars. Fast growth rate. Full sun. Average soil, drought tolerant, wet tolerant. Grows 50’ - 60’ H by 30’ - 40’ W; Upright oval • Disease resistant • Great Fall Color • Growing Place Choice

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Although the calendar says it’s still winter, we’re getting excited about spring! Every year there’s always new plants to grow in your garden. At The Growing Place Garden Center, our staff researches up and coming varieties that look promising and add the very best to our selections. While some of these are not brand new this year, they have been tested and when planted in the right place will be strong performers!


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Even the brownest of thumbs can grow an Amaryllis bulb. Their large, colorful blooms are a wonderful way to bring the garden indoors this winter and they make great gifts!


Choosing Your Bulb

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“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.”
~Albert Camus~

One of the perks of working at The Growing Place is that you can find inspiration just about anywhere. About this time of year, our gardens are full of so many colors. From the bright hues of mums to cabbages and kale (which get increasingly vibrant as the temperatures drop) to the wispy plumes of perennial grasses and, of course, the many shades of reds, oranges, and yellows on trees and shrubs. Today I took a stroll around the gardens and snapped a few pics of just a few of the colors you can find.



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Nothing says October like those wonderful, delicious, squirrel magnets called Pumpkins (with a capital P!) They come in all sorts of colors, shapes, and sizes and make it festive just by being in the room. Can you tell we love pumpkins?

Painting Pros
Joannie, Perennial Manager in Aurora has been making her pumpkins sparkle with metallic paint. She even sprayed leaves and attached them for an extra shiny touch. Metallic is not the only way to go, any color will do. You can make interesting shapes by marking off with painters tape.

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Aurora Location

2000 Montgomery Road,

Aurora, IL 60504

Phone. 630-820-8088

Naperville Location

25w471 Plank Road,

Naperville, IL 60563

Phone. 630-355-4000

Spring Hours

 Monday-Friday: 9:00am-7:00pm
Saturday: 9:00am-5:00pm
Sunday: 11:00am-5:00pm 


Growing for the future with
right plants in right places.