March 3, 2023
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St. Patrick’s Day Inspired Plants

When we think of St. Patrick’s Day, shamrocks, green carnations, and Bells of Ireland are ubiquitous on this day. Each leaf of a shamrock symbolizes hope, faith, and love, and if a fourth leaf is present, good luck. Bells of Ireland also represent good luck, while green carnations are popular for their vibrant color. There are, however, other plants, shrubs, trees, and conifers that have deep meaning and signify good fortune, luck, love, and prosperity. Some may surprise you!
February 15, 2023
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12 Exciting New Plants in 2023

New plants for 2023 are here. Find these 12 exciting new plants, including Phlox ‘Luminary Backlight’, Bunchberry, and American Filbert.
December 14, 2022
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2023 Color of the Year & Your Plants

2023 Color of the Year & Your Plants It’s that time of year again when the world eagerly awaits the announcement of the 2023 Color of the Year by Pantone. This is a great place to find inspiration for interior design, fashion, beauty, graphic design, and most important to us […]
November 30, 2021
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How to Attract Monarchs to Your Yard

How to Attract Monarch Butterflies to Your Yard With the addition of the Monarch butterfly to the Red List of Threatened Species and categorized as Endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), many people have asked us how they can help this beloved creature. While they face […]
October 31, 2021
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2022 Color of the Year & Your Plants

2022 Color of the Year & Your Plants The last two years have been rough and there’s no doubt that we all have struggled in one way or another. We’re now looking at yet another Covid variant and sometimes it can feel like we just can’t catch a break. Despite […]
October 1, 2021
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Fall Watering

Watering Your Plants in the Fall no-repeat;center top;;auto0px The air has turned chilly, the sun is setting earlier, and the Pumpkin Spice Latte fanatics are in heaven. While shorts and t-shirts may have been begrudgingly traded for jeans and sweaters, it’s too early to put away the garden hose. Summertime […]
December 15, 2010
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Purple Prairie Clover

Purple Prairie Clover is a Wisconsin native prairie legume with stunning reddish-purple, thimble-sized, bottlebrush flowers atop wiry stems in mid-summer. Tolerant of a wide range of soils. Fixes nitrogen.
September 27, 2010
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Viette’s Little Suzy Black-Eyed Susan

Viette’s Little Suzy Black-Eyed Susan Rudbeckia speciosa ‘Viette’s Little Suzy’ Description & Overview With endless blooms from July through September, great disease resistance, and bright yellow, daisy-like flowers, Viette’s Little Suzy is a dependable perennial that brings a dose of happiness wherever it’s planted. This dwarf cultivar blooms all season […]
September 27, 2010
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Yellow Coneflower

Yellow Coneflower Ratibida pinnata Description & Overview Native to dry prairies and savannas in Wisconsin, Yellow Coneflower is a striking plant, featuring vibrant yellow, slightly drooping florets that surround a skyward-pointing cone-like green center. Coarse, rough leaves on sturdy, long flower stalks contrast with its nodding and graceful heads that […]
September 27, 2010
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Prairie Phlox

Prairie Phlox Phlox pilosa Description & Overview The German horticulturist Karl Foerster once wrote: ‘Life without phlox is a mistake.’ With their adaptability to many habits, fragrances, and color varieties, Phlox can find a home almost anywhere. More specifically, Prairie Phlox (Phlox pilosa) are easy-to-grow, low-maintenance perennials that flourish in […]
September 27, 2010
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Prairie Blazing Star

Prairie Blazing Star is a Wisconsin native perennial with dense spikes of pink flowers in mid-summer. A critical plant in all native gardens, it supports many pollinators, especially Monarchs, later in the season.
September 27, 2010
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Pennsylvania Sedge

Pennsylvania Sedge Carex pensylvanica Description & Overview Those of us contending with the shadier portions of our gardens may sometimes feel that we don’t have enough choices, particularly when it comes to ornamental grasses. But there is light at the end of the tunnel! While many types of grass typically […]
September 27, 2010
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Blue Fortune Anise-Hyssop

Blue Fortune Anise-Hyssop Agastache ‘Blue Fortune’ Description & Overview Blue Fortune Anise-Hyssop packs a visual punch in the garden with its upright architecture and season-long color. Part of the Lamiaceae (mint) family, Blue Fortune Anise-Hyssop’s stems are enrobed with fuzzy leaves that have a pleasant licorice scent. Flower spikes are […]
March 15, 2010
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Sweet Birch

Sweet Birch, a medium-sized tree, is best known for its beautiful, shiny black-brown bark and bright yellow foliage in the fall. Every part of the tree has a wintergreen fragrance, making it a standout in the landscape. Flowers, dainty catkins, bloom in spring, attracting many pollinators.
February 14, 2010
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Virginia Bluebells

Virginia Bluebells are a beautiful Wisconsin native ephemeral bursting with pink buds and showy, bell-shaped sky-blue flowers that bloom in early to mid-spring. Foliage emerges deep purple but turns green, eventually dying back in summer with dormancy. Slightly fragrant, Virginia Bluebells are attractive to butterflies, skippers, hummingbird moths, flower flies, bee flies, and hummingbirds.
January 28, 2010
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Wild Senna

Wild Senna, a Wisconsin native perennial, displays a profusion of bright yellow pea-like flowers in summer, attracting tons of pollinators. Feathery leaves provide excellent foliage interest throughout the season while seed pods add winter interest, and provide food for birds.
January 26, 2010
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American Pasqueflower

American Pasqueflower, with its striking blue-violet-white flowers, is one of the first plants to bloom in spring, providing much-needed food for pollinators. Synonymous with Pulsatilla patens, American Pasqueflower is native to Wisconsin and does best in dry areas such as rock gardens or prairie settings.
September 27, 2000
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Blue Harebell (Bellflower)

Blue Harebell Campanula rotundifolia Description & Overview Campanula rotundifolia, commonly known as Blue Harebell, are ethereal and whimsical, calling to mind Snow White skipping through a field plucking wildflowers for her posy. Paper-thin, small blue-violet bell-shaped flowers sit atop delicate stems, nodding and swaying in the breeze. Native to Wisconsin, […]
February 14, 2000
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Wild Blue Lupine

Wild Blue Lupine is a spectacular Wisconsin native perennial with showy spikes of violet-blue flowers. Blooming in May and June above palm-shaped blue-green foliage, hairy seeds pods follow providing food to birds and small mammals. Wild Blue Lupine performs best in sandy, dry soils with good drainage.
January 5, 2000
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Elm-leafed Goldenrod

Elm-leafed Goldenrod is a beautiful Wisconsin native perennial with gracefully arching stems lined with tiny bright yellow flowers. Blooming from August through October, this pollinator-friendly plant attracts a profusion of short- and long-tongued bees as well as beneficial flies, wasps, and beetles. When flowers fade, seeds appear in abundance, providing songbirds and other wildlife with sustenance well into winter.