Early Spring Blooming Perennials, 10 Beautiful Plants

There are a number of early spring blooming perennials whose flowers are emerging just in time to get us excited for the real show that is to come in May.  The garden is really coming alive right now thanks to the recent warm up of last week.  More and more shrubs are just beginning to […]



Ornamental Grasses, 10 Great Ones For Your Sunny Garden

This month we would like to share with you some good information on Ornamental Grasses; a very exciting category of landscape plants that has been on an upward trend for two decade now. (Panicum ‘Northwind’ – Growing to 60″, Thick green foliage turns yellow in fall, Dense seed heads in September.)   (Chasmanthium – Northern […]



13 Hostas That You Will Find In My Garden

Hostas have always been a favorite plant to use in my garden. The large variety alone make them interesting.  There are solid color varieties of blue, green, yellow and white.  There are also many multi-colored varieties.  I grow Giant ones, Average  ones and Miniature ones in my garden.  I never seem to have a problem […]



Ligularia ‘Little Rocket’

These plants are great and my timing couldn’t have been any better, I snapped this picture in Deerfield while they were in full bloom. The yellow flowers are brightening up this shade garden.



Plant of Interest: Betony

Stachys officinalis ‘Hummelo’ or better known by its common name Betony is a herbacious perennial that is easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soil in the sun. Flowering stems will reach out above the foliage clump about a foot in late spring and early summer. Each stem is topped by a spike of reddish-purple, two-lipped, […]



Shady Entrance Garden

Here is a very nice entry garden that was planted last year in Deerfield. We pulled the bed around the two older trees and planted a mix of shade tolerant perennials and shrubs. We also used sandstone boulders for accent and installed a nice Flagstone apron for a bench. Everything came together nicely this year. […]



ELAN’S Groundcover Pick

Liriope spicata (Lily Turf) This dense groundcover is favored for its colonizing grass like foliage that spread by Rhizome and its lavender to white late summer bloom.  The growth is to 15″, and it will work well as a semi evergreen groundcover.  It should be cut back in spring.  It is hardy to zone 4, […]



Let it Melt, Let it Melt, Let it Melt!

We will begin working on pruning and clearing as soon as the moderate temperatures return and the snow begins to melt. Our emphasis this time of year is on plant rejuvenation and the clean up of natural areas. Spring Clean-ups are just around the corner. We are anticipating a late start to the season, so […]