There's so much that changes in the MG landscape throughout the year...we thought a plant trial and garden blog was the best way to start sharing "what's new" and "what's happening with all those new varieties" with you! Visit often for updates on how trial plants are performing in the gardens and to see photos throughout the season as we grow and change!

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Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Welcome Back Spring!!!

What's on tap
Hello all, and welcome back to another fantastic year in the garden. This year we will be creating some interesting new spots in the landscape to enjoy. Among the most exciting of the projects include an American Beauties Native Plants garden. In this area, we will be removing a large stand of Polygonum reynoutria that is no longer wanted. The new garden will require very little maintenance after the first year. We have over 100 varieties of perennials that will be going into our trial gardens. This will be changing throughout the year, so it does pay to come often if you want to see what's going on! Some changes to our Piet Oudolf garden will occur, and also a new water feature will be installed this April! Plus oodles of garden space with established plantings from past years.

What's Blooming?
This week in our gardens, it's not what's blooming, but what are they going to cut down next. Gustavo and Armando are back doing our spring clean up! If only they'd come to my yard next! Gustavo and Armando have been here many years. Gustavo has been the foreman of the landscape crew for as long as I can remember. The work these men do is truly inspirational and I believe they deserve a good amount of credit for how great our landscape looks.

There are a few things blooming in the gardens today. The early bulbs are doing there thing. Crocuses, Iris, and Hamamelis are all brightening our days at this point. I can't wait another week or two for the rest of the plants to start doing there thing.

New and Exciting!
A couple of new and exciting things will hit the market this year from Midwest Groundcovers. The biggest one is the American Beauties Native Plants program. This is mainly geared to the garden center market, but we feel that it can benefit all parts of the industry. It is not a program for the native purist, as it does include selections of native plants. No cultivars are accepted however. Knupper's Nursery and Garden Center in Palatine were the first to receive the plants this spring. As you can see below, their display looked fantastic. Check out abnativeplants.com for more information on the plants in the program.

Thanks for reading the first installment of 2008. Keep checking in, as I will have lots of information here this year. I hope you enjoy! Have a great day, and happy spring!

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