Tag Archives: perennials

Firepits

Firepits:

 Don’t need to be in a secluded part of the yard.

 Don’t have to be strictly for s’mores.

 Don’t have to be boring.

 Firepits DO help create ambiance, a wonderful cozy feel and dramatic scenes so incorporate them into seat walls and your dinning spaces and have them create a WOW factor. We love doing just that for our clients.

ILT Vignocchi Fire Pit

Front Gate Goals

For those that want a bold alternative to their front entrance, add some drama.  This climbing vine makes this peek a boo entrance sing!

Magenta

Magenta:

Means Harmony and balance

 Promotes compassion and kindness

 Encourages a sense of contentment

 This coneflower, grown at our sister company @montalegarden, is just a wonderful color pop to any garden.

Lilac

Lilac:

 Considered Graceful

 Associated with romance and affection

 The Summer Beauty Allium is always a show stopper. Great color, long and lanky leaves and bees love them. Grown at our sister company @montalegardens we are always happy when we can specify these.

Summer Beauty Allium

Summer Beauty Allium

 

 

Purple

Purple:

 Royalty and Nobility

 Represents wisdom

 Can help with Peace and Pride

 It also is associated with creativity, which is maybe why we love this Iris so much. Pair this with the ‘Mauna Loa’ orange daylily and get a massive color pop in your garden.

Iris

Iris

White

White:

 Light and Purity

 Means goodness and cleanliness

 Represents a successful beginning

 What’s most important to us is that it is the color of perfection. This phlox ‘David’ is snowy white and helps balance out the other colors in the garden.

David Phlox

David Phlox

Orange

Orange:

 Combines the energy of red and the happiness of yellow

 Associated with joy and sunshine

 Represents enthusiasm

 As the weather begins to change slowly orange is the color of fall and the harvest. This daylily ‘Mauna Loa’ is absolutely stunning in a mid summer garden.

Mauna Loa Daylily

Benefits of Fall Planting

Most of us love fall, but plants love it even MORE!
 

Most people think of fall as the end of the growing season and the beginning glimpse of another Chicago winter.  Well try to look at it as an ideal time to plant!

Fall is a perfect time for planting shrubs, trees, grass seed, and even perennials if they have a developed root system. Fall planting gives plants time to develop roots before winter’s blustery conditions.  The conditions are also less stressful and there may be more reliable precipitation.

What happens during fall conditions is a plant’s leaf and flower production is usually slowing down and approaching dormancy. Therefore, a plant can focus on root production.  Roots continue to grow when other parts of the plant are not. Generally speaking, root systems will keep growing as long as the soil temperature is at least 50 degrees.

Although we generally get more rain in fall, the good news is that plants use less water then.  Because days are increasingly shorter and cooler in the fall, plants are going to be photosynthesizing less and using less water.

Fall is also when depleted nurseries can begin to dig plants again, so varieties that were either unavailable or just downright unsightly in July and August, may become available.

Finally, don’t forget about BULBS!  Its often surprising why more people don’t take advantage of this relatively inexpensive way to welcome in Spring.  To achieve a gorgeous Spring show bulbs are planted in late fall.

Spring Tulips

If you’d like to start planning a fall project, it is right around the corner, so call us now and we will be happy to assist you!