If you can plant hope and joy, bulbs are the answer. These structures of plants store nutrients to ensure the plants' survival after a period of dormancy. Fall planted bulbs bring the first colors of spring, some popping up through the snow as new life. Plants from bulbs tend to be perennial, coming up year after year. Here are a few varieties that are more resistant to deer, rabbits, and squirrels.

Allium Summer Drummer

Allium is an ornamental onion, often purchased in spring and summer as a plant for its height along the back of a border or its versatility in a cutting garden. Bulbs are fun to plant, and since allium comes in many varieties and is easy to grow, it is a favorite among gardeners of all ages. Children will enjoy comparing heights with Allium Gl...

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Depending on how large you like your beets, they are ready any time you can see the beet shoulders above the soil line. Plant before the end of August.



Harvest when the buds in the head are about the size of a match head. Plant before the end of August.



The head will feel solid when gently squeezed. Plant before the end of August.



It can be hard to judge when to pick your carrots. When the diameter of the carrot at the soil looks to be right for the variety you planted, pick one to check the length. Plant before mid-September.



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A three day weekend is best spent outdoors doing yard work, right? For some, yes. If you had other plans in mind, and the necessity of yard work still calls your name, use these tips to save time for long-lasting results.

1. Select the right plants for the right places

Our promise is to help you find the right plant for the right place and give you growing advice so you can have success in the garden. Why is this so important? If you choose plants because you like the color, but plant them in shade when they require sun, they will not perform well. If you plant a perennial garden and desire hummingbirds and butterflies to visit, knowledge of certain plants is required. Our expert garden staff in each department at both locations is happy t...

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Plants in containers have been feeling the heat and humidity this summer. If your pots were planted in May or June, some of the annuals may be overgrown or leggy by now. Are you ready for cooler evenings and a new splash of color? Here are some tips from TGP’s Container Designer Nikki Van Tholen for freshening up those front porches and back decks with fall splendor.


In this pot, we replaced three plants: Cleome, Polka Dot Plant, and Persian Shield with Swiss Chard, Rudbeckia, and Ornamental Peppers for a fresh fall look.

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Low maintenance is key for on-the-go households with little time for trimming overgrown bushes near sidewalks, property lines, utility boxes, and driveways. Perennial ornamental grasses offer a variety of sizes, colors, and textures, proving to bring great vertical interest and movement to any landscape. “Many of our landscape design requests are for plants that don’t grow too big,” says Mary Saba, TGP Landscape Designer.

Three of Mary’s favorite Growing Place Choice ornamental grasses that stay shorter are Prairie Dropseed (Sporobolus heterolepis ‘Tara’), Little Bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparius), and Autumn Moor Grass (Seslaria autumnalis). These strong performers are all drought tolerant once establi...

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Picture yourself sitting outdoors in a beautifully landscaped yard. You may be reading or enjoying your favorite beverage, feet up, relaxed. Will the neighbors stop by later for a backyard barbecue? Or is your favorite garden spot where you enjoy the peace and quiet of a new day. Listen to your surroundings. Do you hear the birds?

Retired Naturalist Jack McRae wants to help us create a habitat for the birds. His talk this Saturday, August 4th at 1 pm will entertain and inform on what makes gardens special to attract and encounter birds in a backyard on a regular basis.

The right habitat provides food, water, shelter, and space. To draw the birds to your yard, you must think about the food chain. A nice canopy tree provides shelter and food...

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This year we've noticed that the rabbits have been especially voracious. The only bunny we like to see at The Growing Place is Peter Rabbit hiding out in our mini garden. Here are some tips to help deter those hungry bunnies.

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What is your definition of a cutting garden? Do you envision rows of colorful daisies or beautiful roses in bloom? Maybe you have cut irises and lilacs fresh from your yard in the spring, bringing them indoors to brighten up your home. TGP Landscape Designer, Mary Saba and TGP Aurora Perennial Team Lead, Joannie Rocchi bring a combined wealth of knowledge and expertise to spur your own creativity with flower arranging year round.


First, walk your yard. Ignore the to-do list running through your head, replacing it with a new perspective. Ask yourself what you have and how can you make it work. You will see your yard in a completely new light.

For instance, there is a lower branch hanging from the juniper tree. Those willow branches are long and curly. Some of those hosta leaves are big enough to use as serving platters. The Rudbeckia are in bloom and could be groomed.

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There is nothing better than enjoying the fruits of your labor. Whether you are new to growing your own herbs, vegetables, and fruit or have been eating home grown tomatoes for years, we salute you for getting back to the basics and growing your own produce. This week, Gail, our Gardener in Aurora, is harvesting snow peas and root vegetables, such as beets, turnips, carrots, and onions. Those will be tasty on the grill! She also has the makings for a healthy salad with cucumbers, peppers, broccoli, and kale. You can experiment with herbs by making a herb vinaigrette using your own parsley, basil, thyme or cilantro.

temp-post-imageTricolor Sage & Sweet Basil
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As a child, Betty, Perennial Team Lead in Naperville, helped her mom with her flower gardens. She's always enjoyed nature and wildlife. “I lived in a wooded area and there was a lot of wildlife, birds, and pollinators,” said Betty. “I just started buying plants for them. They do come if you put the plants out there.”

At TGP we have a wide variety of annuals and perennials that will provide color through the seasons and attract the bees, birds, and butterflies to your garden. These are some of our favorites to get you started.

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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



Fall Hours

September 1 - October 31

Monday - Friday: 9am-6pm

Saturday: 9am-5pm

Sunday: 11am-5pm


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right plants in right places.