Plant Information

April

Plant Profiles

Daffodils

Greek mythology tells of the beautiful youth, Narcissus, who was so self-infatuated that he spent hours at the garden...

April

Smart Gardener

Bungalow

Bungalows and Arts and Crafts-inspired houses can be found in cities and suburbs across the country. Their popularity can be traced...

Question of the Month

Spring Planting Start Dates

Spring Planting Start Dates

Q. I’m told that I shouldn’t transplant tomatoes and peppers to my garden until after the last frost date, but the listings show several different dates. Which date should I use here in the Chicago area?

A. The last frost date is a major consideration for deciding when to place young plants—particularly vegetable plants—in the ground.

Official listings provide several different dates for specific locations. For example, the Illinois State Climatologist’s office lists the following last frost dates...