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Perhaps even from childhood, we’re enthralled with the idea that tiny caterpillars undergo a complete metamorphosis and emerge as beautiful winged beings. We watch in awe as they sunbathe on our flowers and drink nectar from our milkweed plants, eagerly hoping these gentle creatures will stay a while so we may view them closer.

Well, we’ve got some good news! Monarch populations are expected to hit their peak as fall migration kicks off mid-August and these little critters take the flight back to Mexico. So, you should be seeing some soon. However, even at their peak, the population is still at record lows.

But, it’s not just monarchs that need our help. The Karner blue butterfly is registered as endangered under the U....

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It’s hot. It’s sunny. It’s still a great time to add plants to your summer garden that you might have missed. Whether you have bare spots, colorless corners or simply want a new addition, we’ve got you covered. At The Growing Place we have beautiful, colorful plants just waiting for you to take them home. Check out some of our teams’ favorites below as we head into our greenhouses to find just a few of the many annual and perennial gems.

Annuals

Coleus Looking for funky colored foliage in a low-maintenance plant? Then this is perfect for you! Coleus’ multi-colored, stunning leaves are perfect for adding a pop of color to those drab, dark areas. They come in a huge variety of leaf size and color. In addition, ...

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If you are looking for a low maintenance, easy care plant, perennial grasses are for you! These graceful plants add depth and texture to your garden in summer, fall AND winter. They vary in form and function and are equally at home in an informal or formal setting.

Grasses tolerate a wide range of light and soil conditions and there is a variety for nearly every garden situation. There are both cool and warm season grasses. Cool season grasses begin growing in early spring and hit their prime in early summer. Their plumes, officially called inflorescence, are produced in the cooler months. Warm season grasses begin to grow when the temperatures rise in the spring. By mid-May the new leaves emerge and begin growing very quickly and by mid...

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All the crazy weather and fluctuating temperatures this summer has us seeing all sorts of things happening in the garden. The goal is always healthy plants because healthy plants are better able to deal with stress of all kinds. But we know sometimes things go awry.

Correct watering is essential during the summer months. Newly planted trees, shrubs, and perennials should be checked every day for the first week, every other day during the second week and every third day during the third week. Soil should be dry 1-2” under the surface before watering. For the rest of the summer, once a week should do it.

Annuals and vegetable plants will need more water. Even watering of tomatoes will keep them healthy.

The first step is maintaining ...

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Have you noticed that almost every magazine photo of a garden has a piece of garden art in them? That is no accident. Every garden needs a focal point, something to draw the eye, something that adds interest. Focal points can be many different things. Containers, benches, found objects, large flowering and/or leafed plants are just a few ideas. Garden sculptures, trellises, arbors, mirrors, fountains, and wall art are some of the many options for garden art. You get the idea, once you get the concept of using focal points, the choices are endless!

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Garden art (focal points) do not have to be one of a kind. They can be small groupings of coordinated pieces. The groupings should be viewed as one unit. Be careful not to overload your garden with too many items or to scatter them.

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Craving a fresh and flavorful summer dinner right from the grill? Start with easy to grow herbs! They give your favorite grilling recipes and classic cocktails rich and delicious flavors. Nothing says summertime like a watermelon mojito and mango bruschetta! Or compound butter and herb-infused marinades! Check out our tips and recipes below for a fun, garden-fresh approach to cooking with herbs and veggies.

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Bruschetta is an easy crowd-pleaser, and with a dash of mango salsa and lime, you can take this classic Italian favorite and infuse a bit of multi-cultural flavor for a delicious, fresh bite.

Mango & Sweet Basil Bruschetta

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Makes 18-20 pieces

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Have you ever noticed that the smell of a blooming rose, or a breeze carrying the scent of lilac, takes you back to a distant memory? Or, perhaps, the scent of lavender or night blooming jasmine makes you feel calm or peaceful? Well, according to scientists, smell, or olfaction, is our strongest sense and it plays an important role in memory, mood and emotion.

Fragrant gardens are a wonderful way to celebrate the smell of every season and relish in the aromatic scents of spring, summer and fall. Below, we’ve created a digest to get you started.

SPRING SCENTS

Winter has quieted down and the scent of evergreens, cedar, and chestnuts roasting on an open fire has become a distant memory. It’s time to get those shovels ready and take to the ga...

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Container planting is a fun, simple way to decorate your patio, balcony, front porch or yard. Not to mention, containers are the perfect accent for that backyard barbecue and a great way to explore your creative side. Whether you’re new to gardening and want to stretch that green thumb of yours, or a seasoned gardener looking for a vibrant focal piece, the options are endless. When deciding on what container to create, there are a few things to consider before diving in head first:

Container Specs (Material, Size)

There’s an array of materials to consider, glazed/ceramic, cast iron, wrought iron, terracotta, concrete, wood, tin, composite/faux and plastic. Remember, it's important that your container has drainage. Too much water building up in the container...

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When we think of pollinators, striking hummingbirds and colorful butterflies may take the lead. However, while bees, wasps, flies and bats might not be our favorites of the bunch, the truth of the matter is, they need us too and we need them.

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It’s been estimated that more than 1,300 plants are grown worldwide for food, beverages, medicine and even textiles. Of those 1,300 plants, 75% are directly related to pollination by animals. That’s a pretty impressive feat!

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The weather outside this week has been frightful and we are (not so patiently waiting) to plant our tomatoes and other warm season vegetables. One of our veggie experts, Donna, has put together some simple tips for vegetable success. Donna grows so many vegetables she’s basically a one woman produce department!

Pick the perfect site

Most warm season veggies, like tomatoes and peppers, need lots of sun. Make sure you plant them in a place where they will get 6-8 hours of sun. Plants also need good air circulation and well-drained soil. Don’t plant them too close together.

Give them the perfect soil

The ideal pH for a vegetable garden is 6.5-6.8. Mix in TGP Garden Mix and Espoma® Garden-tone to give your plants a healthy start. For tomatoes, you can use Espoma® Toma...

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Aurora, IL 60504

Phone. 630-820-8088

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Naperville, IL 60563

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We will be closed Labor Day

September 5, 2016

 

Growing for the future with
right plants in right places.