Plants We Love

Every spring we fall in love with so many plants it’s hard to choose our favorites! This week we’ve put together some of the trees, shrubs, perennials, and annuals that make great additions to your garden.

Perennials For Shady Spots

Bleeding Hearts offer lovely pink, heart-shaped blooms in spring but what is exceptional about Dicentra ‘Goldheart’ is its golden yellow-green leaves that can brighten a shady spot. Combine Goldheart with darker-leaved Coral Bells (Latin name: Heuchera) for an eye-catching combination.

We can wax poetic all day long about Hellebores. In fact, you’ve probably already heard us talk about how they are wonderful, cold tolerant, early flowering and long blooming plants that are deer and rabbit resistant. This year you can find 9 different varieties of Hellebores on our tables. They range in color from pinks and creams to purples and reds and will bloom from March into May. Some bloom outward facing like ‘Merlin’ and ‘Ivory Prince’ while others like ‘Onyx Odyssey’ and ‘Ballerina Ruffles’ have more downward facing blooms.

Sun-loving Perennials

Even when they are not blooming Variegated Iris add a unique beauty to your garden. We’re excited because this year in addition to Iris pallida ‘Albo Varigata’ with green and white foliage we are able to offer Iris pallida ‘Aureo Varigata’ which has green and yellow foliage. Both ‘Albo’ and ‘Aureo’ are wonderful old-fashioned Iris that love full sun and bloom lavender mid-season.

If you haven’t seen them yet, you will soon. Creeping Phlox (Latin name: Phlox subulata) are just about to burst into color. These low-growing plants will spread along the edge of your garden or a walkway and are covered with flowers in April and May. We offer 8 varieties in shades of white, pink, blue, and red that will grow in full sun to part shade.

Terrific Trees & Shrubs

Eastern Redbuds (Latin name: Cercis canadensis) are best known for its beautiful purple-pink flowers that open before the leaves appear in spring. Once the tree blooms, shiny, green, overlapping, heart-shaped leaves appear. Redbuds are vase-shaped trees that can reach 25-30 feet wide by 20-25 feet high. The Eastern Redbud leaves turn yellow in the fall and the seed pods will stay on its branches into winter.

One of the first shrubs to bloom in spring is the Golden Glory Cornelian Cherry Dogwood (Latin name: Cornas mas ‘Golden Glory’). This hardy shrub adds four-season interest to your yard. In spring it is full of yellow flower clusters and in summer it has bright red berries. Then in fall, its leaves turn a bright reddish purple color and in winter it’s exfoliating bark is the star of the show. Golden Glory grows in sun or shade and is an excellent small tree for a shrub border.

An Annual for Outdoors and In

Flowering Kalanchoe is a small plant that packs a bright punch of color. They are technically considered a succulent, prefer dry soil and do not need fertilization. Kalanchoe come in shades of orange, red and yellow and produce a plethora of small, colorful flowers in a bunch. Right now they would be perfect for a sunny windowsill and once it’s warmer, they are great in a container combined with other succulents or plants that like dry.

We’re almost to May and prime planting season! So make your list of favorites and come on in!

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

Memorial Day Hours

Monday, May 27


Growing for the future with
right plantsĀ in right places.