Annual of the Week

Annual Lobelia

Kim EllsonMay 2, '21

Lobelias are quite unique thanks to their vibrant blue, a true blue, which is something quite rare in the floral kingdom.  Lobelia erinus is a tender perennial that is grown and treated as an annual in our Chicago climate and hardiness zone.  Plants can either be grown from seed or...

Spring Pansies

Kim EllsonMar 27, '21

Pansies & Violas are extremely tough and resilient plants despite their beautiful and delicate appearance. Once acclimatized they are able to withstand freezing temperatures and are fully hardy. Pansies generally thrive under cool conditions and thus perform best in spring and fall, when they are most popular and in full...

Ornamental Peppers or Chilies

Kim EllsonOct 5, '20

It is hard to resist an ornamental pepper finding its way into one’s shopping cart, as these plants can simply not be overlooked when in their prime!  Vibrant displays of yellows, oranges, reds and purples, take one to a faraway more tropical place, at a time when our temperatures are...

Mums - A Late Burst of Color

Kim EllsonAug 28, '20

It is hard to imagine fall without mums and their bright assortment of colors, providing us with one final grand display before heading into winter.  Just us our summer annuals are fading and starting to look ragged, mums are in their prime and readily available.  Mums come in all sizes,...

What are Superbells?

Kim EllsonAug 10, '20

Proven Winner Super Bells Super Bells are a variety of Petunia called Calibrachoa and are also commonly known as mini Petunia or Million Bells. These plants made their debut in the nineties and have delighted gardeners ever since.  They have a compact, trailing habit and are prolific bloomers, producing endless...