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Visit our Learning Gardens frequently to see what's blooming and interesting.

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Perennials for Sun

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‘Montrose White’ Calamintha is an upright, self-cleaning mounded perennial with sprays of white flowers all summer long. Being in the mint family, Calamintha is fragrant, attracting butterflies and hummingbirds while deer and rabbits steer clear. It will grow 12”-18” high without flopping, making a pretty choice for a sunny border. If bees are of concern, site in a less trafficked area to allow bees to have their space.

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Allium is another easy care and good looking perennial. Like Calamintha, it is drought-tolerant, deer and rabbit resistant and attracts pollinators. The flower globes of this ornamental onion come in a variety of colors, including pink, purple, blue and white and soar over the grass-like foliage. Allium comes in different varieties and heights, all thriving in full sun and good for cutting. Try combining them with coneflowers or tall phlox in a perennial garden. For something different, paint the globes once the flowers are spent for continued whimsical fun shapes.

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With all the rain we have had this spring, it seems timely to talk about wet tolerant plants. Do you have a low-lying area in your yard or a spot where water drains and keeps the ground moist but not saturated? These plants will do well in areas that are consistently moist with regular drainage.

Annuals for Wet Areas

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Canna come in rich, vibrant colors and offer a tropical feel to containers and borders

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With the crazy, wet weather we’ve had this spring, you haven't missed your window! Know that you can plant as long as the soil is not too wet. An easy way to tell if your soil is too wet is to squeeze a handful. If it sticks together in a clump, it’s too wet. If it crumbles, dig away! Celebrations, holidays and time off don't always line up with the best weather dates. Here are a few tricks to get what you want when you want it!

Quick and Easy

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The Growing Place has 1000’s of annuals, 1000’s of perennials and hundreds of herbs and vegetables, all of which can be planted in containers. Choose pots that match your decor and have fun mixing and matching old favorites with new varieties. The best part about container design is the unlimited opportunities! Here's some eye candy to inspire your creativity.


Bring on the Warmth of the Sun

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Plants that are red, orange and yellow awaken our senses with their warm colors. Even on a stormy day, a bright yellow flower can evoke a smile like a ray of sunshine. Try something like Durango Bee marigolds, Proud Mari Gold marigolds, Under the Sea Yellowfin Tuna Coleus, King Crab Coleus, Splish Splash Coleus and Prince Tut Dwarf Papyrus with Asparagus fern. These annuals will thrive in full sun to part shade. Putting together different shapes, colors and sizes of foliage adds dimension and additional interest.

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Why not give mom a gift that keeps on giving? Perennials are plants that come back year after year, giving gifts of beauty. Three of our favorite perennials that make a statement in May for Mother’s Day are roses, peonies and iris.

Roses

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With a vast selection of herbs available, how do you choose which are right for you? Herbs add texture to a container garden or fragrantly tower over a fairy garden. They are deer and rabbit resistant, making them useful when planted with annuals and perennials in a border or container design. The Growing Place grows 120 varieties of herbs on site. The edible herbs are put out on the tables alphabetically by their common name. They are grown naturally and non-GMO in The Growing Place greenhouse, using only products approved for organic growing.

Do you want herbs for culinary or ornamental use?

If you are growing herbs to use in cooking and baking, grow the herbs that normally flavor the foods you enjoy eating. Thyme is a perennial herb invaluable for flavoring meats, soups, stews and oth...

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Why Plant Native?

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Native plants have adapted to our soil and climate. Once established, many require less water, saving time and money. And best of all, natives provide a natural resource as food and shelter for birds, bees and butterflies. Incorporate them in your garden as you would any plant and you'll add texture, interest, and color as well as help our native wildlife. With around 142 species of native plants in our selections, there is a native to fit almost any garden. Many of which have been sourced within 80 miles of home. Here are three of our favorites:

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Yes, spring has arrived in full fashion, swinging from freezing snowfalls to sunny and 70 in the same week. As you drive around town and walk the neighborhood, what catches your eye? We are excited to be outside, filling up our shelves with annuals, perennials, shrubs, and trees in all shapes, sizes and colors. Look around town, spot your favorites, then stop in and see what’s new and noteworthy.

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Scilla in bloom at our Aurora location

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Most of us notice trees for the beauty and stability they bring to our landscape. We want to sit in the shade they provide and listen to the birds sing. Not only is it important to select a tree that will perform well in your environment, planting the tree correctly helps assure hardy and healthy success.

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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

March 30-June 30

Monday-Friday: 9am-7pm

Saturday: 9am-5pm

Sunday: 11am-5pm


Closed July 4


Growing for the future with
right plants in right places.