Updates from our Blog

Hummingbirds in the Garden

Hummingbirds are a large group of tiny birds with iridescent feathers, looking like sparkling jewels zipping among the flowers. These nectar-feeding birds utilize a wide range of plants to supply their enormous metabolic needs. Learn more about this fascinating group of birds and how to encourage ruby-throated hummingbirds, the Midwest’s only hummingbird species, in your garden in this article…

Big & Bold

A great way to make a visual impact in an ornamental garden is to use plants with dramatic, large leaves or flowers. Use these plants for their bold texture or flowers that will really stand out among other plants with fine or medium texture. Read about six plants that have bold foliage or flowers in these archived articles:

‘Husker Red‘ Foxglove Beardtongue, Penstemon digitalis ‘Husker Red’

With showy panicles of tubular white flowers and deep maroon foliage, ‘Husker Red’ foxglove beardtongue is a star in the garden in late spring into early summer. One of few Penstemon species to thrive in humid climates, P. digitalis is a nice addition to rain gardens, perennial borders and natural areas. Learn more about this selection of this eastern North American native in this article…

Articles on Some Native Garden Plants

Our ornamental garden plants come from all over the world, including from North America. There are many species native to our area that have been selected because of their attractive flowers or foliage — and sometimes developed further as cultivars or hybrids — and offered for sale as garden plants. Learn more about a few of these in these archived articles:

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