• Native plants for fall color

    Native Plants with Show-Stopping Autumn Color

    In Issue 181, we got to know some of the plants that grace Mt. Cuba Center’s hot, sunny South Garden during the spring and summer months (10 Great Natives for…

  • Purple coneflower

    20 Great Perennials to Start From Seed

    Perennials are the workhorses of most gardens. They reliably return, year after year, and bulk up relatively fast. Perennials can be pricey, though, especially when compared to many annual plants,…

  • Design

    Color Year After Year

    Today’s photos come from Pallavi Divekar in Naperville, Illinois. I am all for perennial gardening and love to see the blooms year after year. I started this hobby a decade…

  • Design

    A Weakness for Plants

    My name is Ann Klingele, and I live in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. My husband and I moved here with our two young children 25 years ago. My love of gardening…

  • Design

    Four Bountiful Summer Bloomers That Are Easy to Grow From Seed

    For beautiful, bountiful borders, consider adding lots of annuals for cutting. When grown from seed they are very affordable, and if you keep cutting them for bouquets they will keep…

  • Design

    Embracing Wild Color

    With spring soon arriving, graphic designer/writer and amateur gardener Jeff Fisher and his husband, law firm executive director Ed Cunningham, are looking forward to the return of the vibrant colors…

  • Article

    Regional Picks: Plant It And Forget It – Southeast

    1. ‘Pink Frost’ Japanese Joe-Pye Weed   Name: Eupatorium fortunei ‘Pink Frost’ Zones: 4-8 Size: 3 to 4 feet tall and 3 feet wide Conditions: Full sun to partial shade;…

  • Cosmic Eye Coreopsis

    Regional Picks: Best Natives – Southeast

    Incorporating native plants into your landscape design is an easy way to help support your local wildlife. Native plants support native insects. If we keep our native insect populations healthy…

  • Four varieties of coreopsis

    Coreopsis You Can Count On!

    A while back—27 years, to be exact—the Chicago Botanic Garden created a garden solely to compare perennials, and coreopsis was one of the inaugural trials. We tested mostly seed-grown cultivars of…

  • Article

    Regional Picks: Plants with the Best Fall Colors – Midwest

    1. Willow-Leaved Blue Star Name: Amsonia tabernaemontana USDA hardiness zones: 3 to 9 Size: 2 to 3 feet tall and wide Conditions: Full sun to light shade; moist, well-drained soil…