Plant Information

June

Smart Gardener

Design Tips to Make Your Garden Pop

Could your landscape use a little lift this summer? A few new plants? A trellis or two? How about a small water feature or a painted...

June

Plant Profiles

Alliums

There is something wonderful about a plant that gives you color, pizzazz, longevity, reliability, and style. Many varieties of the...

Question of the Month

Pollinator Friendly Annuals

Pollinator Friendly Annuals

Q: Our home landscape is still in the planning stage, but I’d like to create a temporary pollinator garden. Are there annuals that will attract pollinators?

A: Annuals can definitely be used to attract pollinators to your yard. The following table lists a baker’s dozen of annuals suitable for the Chicago region. All are attractive to bees and half also attract butterflies. As a bonus, if the flower heads of cosmos, marigolds, and sunflowers are allowed to go to seed, they will attract wild birds as well.

All of these...