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  • Beech (Fagus)

  • Birch (Betula)

  • Burning Bushes (Euonymous)

  • Cherry (Prunus)

  • Crabapple (Malus)

  • Coffeetree (Gymnoclaudus)

  • Cotoneaster (Cotoneaster)

  • Deutzia (Deutzia)

  • Dogwood (Cornus)

  • Elm (Ulmus)

  • Filbert (Corylus)

  • Firethorn (Pyracantha)

  • Forsythia (Forsythia)

  • Fringe Tree (Chionanthus)

  • Ginkgo (Ginkgo)

  • Hackberry (Celtis)

  • Honeylocust (Gleditsia)
  • Katsura Trees (Cercidiphyllum)

  • Lilac (Syringa)

  • Magnolia (Magnolia)

  • Maples (Acer)

  • Mockorange (Philadelphus)

  • Oak (Quercus)

  • Oregon Grape Holly (Mahonia)

  • Pear (Pyrus)

  • Planetree (Platanus)

  • Potentilla (Potentilla)

  • Redbuds (Cercis)

  • Rhododendrons
  • Serviceberries (Amelanchier)

  • Sweetshrubs (Calycanthus)

  • Viburnum (Viburnum)

  • Weigela (Weigela)

  • Willow (Salix)

  • Witchhazel (Hamamelis)

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The front of your house is the first thing people see driving by or visiting. How do you create an appealing front landscape that reflects your style and personality? The basic principles for creating curb appeal are order, unity, and balance.


First, think about creating order. Look at:

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These days, the plight of the monarch and the need to plant their host plant Milkweed (Asclepias) is well known. But, did you know that there are more than 75 species of milkweed native to North America? These essential plants for any butterfly garden, provide clusters of nectar-rich flowers that are alluring to many types of pollinators as well as food for the monarch larvae to munch on.

The colorful flowers of the different Milkweeds can become a staple in your the summer garden. There are many delightful, showy species to choose from. In general, milkweeds grow best in full sun but some can handle a little shade. Some like wetter areas and some like dryer areas but they are all deer and rabbit resistant.

Popular Milkweeds for your garden


Asclepias tuberosa • Butterfly Weed, Pleurisy Root
The Perennial Plant Association named this variety the Perennial Plant of the year in 2017. It is considered to be the most garden worthy of our native milkweeds and a Growing Place Choice Plant. Their very showy, brilliant orange flowers are excellent for cutting and very attractive to bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. You can also use the seed pods in dried arrangements. It emerges late in spring, so be patient. The long tap root makes division difficult, but it will reseed. Do not prune it in the fall, instead cut it back in the spring. A perfect plant for dry areas in the garden, it will grow 18-24” tall by 18-24” wide.

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In August and September, ornamental grasses take the stage. Their soft textured foliage weaves among perennials and shrubs as their flowers and seed heads nod in the wind. With so many varieties there’s pretty much an ornamental grass for every situation. The diversity of size, form, and habit make them suitable for a great variety of ornamental uses, both in the garden and containers and provide a wide range of colors and textures to create interest for all seasons.

“Right now is a great time to plant ornamental grasses, especially Miscanthus and Pennisetum, so that they can get established before the winter,” says Kyle Lambert, Perennial Manager.

Grass Basics — there are two basic types of perennial grasses: cool ...

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Once again Japanese beetles are back and munching on our favorite plants. Beginning as grubs, then pupae and now emerging from our lawns as Japanese beetles, this invasive pest is characterized by its coppery metallic wing case, black legs, and little white spots. It has been around since at least 1916 and it feeds on more than 300 kinds of plants. You will typically find the beetles on roses, grapes, hibiscus, lindens, cherries, and birches.

Adult Japanese Beetle
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Container Gardening is a wonderful starting point for many new gardeners, a way to create “special gardens” for others, or even a great place to plant edibles in containers right on your patio. Many of us with established gardens are finding that containers are a great way to introduce a beautifully planted architectural feature in the garden.


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A thriving garden in the shade is not only possible, it could become the highlight of your landscape with careful planning, preparation, and plant selection.

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You can put them in a house, you can add a mini mouse, you probably shouldn't put them in a box or share them with a fox but, you can put them here or there. You can put them anywhere. We do love terrariums and dish gardens. We do love them, Sam I am. Ok, thanks for indulging that earworm.

Back to the matter at hand—Terrariums and dish gardens are a great way to bring some small scale green into your home or office. They're also a great way to get kids interested in plants and growing things.

Choosing Your Container

You can create gardens in almost any kind of container. For enclosed terrariums, we recommend using a glass vessel that does not have drainage. It can be anything from a standard enclosed terrarium, a lantern or even a mason jar for an extra ...

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Pollination is necessary for plants to reproduce. The term “pollinator” means butterflies, hummingbirds, beetles, birds, bees, and other creatures that transport pollen. Bees have unfairly garnered a negative reputation. The truth is that most bees don’t sting, so you can safely watch them without fear, from a polite distance, while they go about their business of pollination. Just remember to avoid bees’ nests and remain calm, moving in a non-threatening manner. If you are If you’re allergic to bees, keep plants that attract bees in the back of your garden to allow pollination, yet a peaceful co-existence.

5 Top Tips to “Bee” Kind to Pollinators

1. Avoid pesticides which also harms good insects. This hungry caterpillar recently photographed on a...

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June is National Perennial Gardening Month! Perennials are near and dear to our heart at TGP, as we started our roots in Naperville as Emma’s Perennials in 1936. Some perennials have deep root systems, allowing them to survive heat and drought, once established. Most perennials will focus their energy on establishing roots in your garden over their first season, while others will be quite happy to provide lots of foliage or flower color the first season. Where annuals will provide continuous flower color throughout the season, perennials have windows of bloom during the season. This allows you to start the year with one color and transition to another throughout the year if desired. We note those perennials that are shorter lived, ...

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Aurora, IL 60504

Phone. 630-820-8088

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Naperville, IL 60563

Phone. 630-355-4000

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