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Pin now for gardening season! An excellent veggie gardening resource from University of Illinois Extension.

This looks pretty handy. Pin now for gardening season! An excellent veggie gardening resource from University of Illinois Extension.

Plants are the paint and art of the outdoor living room — Outdoor Home — Outdoor Living Magazine | Landscaping Ideas | Hudson Valley - Westchester NY

Plants are the paint and art of the outdoor living room

Front yard flowerbeds: low maintenance plants - The background is Spruce and Arborvitae. The middle layer is Viburnum, Hydrangea and Ligularia. The foreground is Astilbe, Hosta and Pachy sandra.

I have at least half of these in my yarden.  from apartment therapy dot com, 12 Best Bet Flowers to Grow in Chicago.

Locavore Gardening: 12 Best Bet Flowers to Grow in Chicago

Week 5 //Locavore Gardening: 12 Best Bet Flowers to Grow in Chicago [Build city and landscape can be started understanding what specific kinds of local green]

purple peony. Love peonies.  Remind me of my childhood in Laura, Illinois.

'Victore de la Marne ' A very unique peony. Flower is beautiful purple - red coloured and double filled. Flower is long lasting in water. Flowers are very large in size. Flowers abundantly with strong stems. I hope that I can find this one ever

This app tells you when to plant what depending on where you live: The Garden Planting Calendar (All Things Plants)

The Garden Planting Calendar (All Things Plants) - Enter your zip code and get customized planting calendar for your area. This is the easiest planting guide I have seen!

I strongly suggest to anyone who hasn't seen it, the Chicago Botanic Gardens in Glencoe, Illinois.  It is truly beautiful!  -  Ken

Very close to where I live- Spring Tulips, Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe, Illinois photo via umbrawn

common blue violet(ailsa's birth flower & illinois state flower)

“Common Blue Violets”

common blue violet(ailsa's birth flower & illinois state flower) My favorite flower ever, loved picking these as a child

Love your peonies - but hate their short blooming season? This simple trick will have your peonies blooming all summer long.

How to make your peonies bloom all summer

Super simple DIY hack for flowers. Love the peonies in your garden - but hate their short blooming season? This simple trick will have your peonies blooming all summer long.

Pruning Roses  March 22, 2012  Photo of Sandra Mason    Sandra Mason  Extension Educator, Horticulture  slmason@illinois.edu    My recent speeches are littered with the words "typically" and "usually". This spring has been far from typical and usual so our timing of the typical activities of spring are about two weeks earlier than usual.    Typically April is the appropriate time to prune most roses; however, roses are in full growth.....

Time to Divide Iris - The Homeowners Column - University of Illinois Extension serving Champaign, Ford, Iroquois and Vermilion Counties

BEST PLANTS FOR A SLOPE; An Illinois master gardener shares her tips for taming a difficult landscape.

Garden Tour: Tame a Steep Backyard

BEST PLANTS FOR A SLOPE; An Illinois master gardener shares her tips for taming a difficult landscape.my front and one side garden are pretty vertical--right about at the angle of repose. Yes, that steep.

When to sow... when to plant

This handy little chart lets you know when to start seeds indoors as well as when to plant outdoor. Five things you will need if youre planting seeds for the first time -- GazetteXtra

Love having a beautiful yard, but don't have a lot of time? You need these 10 low-maintanence perennials! They will make your yard beautiful and your life easier!

10 Low-Maintenance Perennials

Love having a beautiful yard, but dont have a lot of time? You need these 10 low-maintanence perennials! They will make your yard beautiful and your life easier!

lilac from Illinois Willow

lilac from Illinois Willow. Can't wait for my lilacs to start blooming!

Lurie Garden, Millennial Park, Chicago

Lurie Garden in Chicago- Great example of using native mid-western plants in a landscape Piet Oudolf

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