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Why We Need to Plant More Oaks

Posted by Chloe Smith

You may have noticed #OAKtober floating around out there on the internet lately. In 2015, October was officially declared oak awareness month in Illinois, but why? Check out this blog post to learn about the ecological importance of oak trees and why we need to plant more oaks.

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Tags: Plants, Trees, Fall, Environmentally Friendly

Home Nursery, Inc. Announces New Growing Facility

Posted by Ann Tosovsky

ALBERS, IL., August 30, 2019 . . . Nearing its 100-year anniversary, family-owned and operated, Home Nursery, Inc., today announced it is expanding its 385-acre nursery in Albers, Ill. with the purchase of a new turnkey growing facility in Tennessee. Home Nursery currently markets to thirteen Midwestern states, providing top quality plants to independent garden centers, landscape contractors and distribution centers in the horticulture trade.

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Tags: Local, General, Locations

Tips for Easy At-Home Water Conservation

Posted by Chloe Smith

We use water for almost everything. Water is such an integral part of our day that it is easy to overlook how much water we actually use. Simple adjustments in our habits can have a huge effect on our water bill & the environment. Here are some tips for easy at-home water conservation.

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Tags: General, Environmentally Friendly

What the heck is a Heucherella?

Posted by Chloe Smith

I keep seeing this word ‘heucherella,’ is this a typo? Should it say heuchera? If you have ever found yourself asking, ‘what in the heck is a heucherella?’ than this blog post is for you!

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Tags: Plants, Perennials

5 Great Boxwood Alternatives

Posted by Chloe Smith

Boxwoods are incredibly popular in the landscape, but could the recent appearance of boxwood blight threaten their place in our gardens? Only time will tell how devastating boxwood blight will be to the boxwood population. Until then it might be good to consider these 5 great boxwood alternatives that are not susceptible to the fungal pathogen that causes boxwood blight.

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Tags: Plants, Branded Plants, Evergreens, Shrubs

5 Great Daylilies to Plant Instead of ‘Stella de Oro’

Posted by Chloe Smith

Daylilies are a tried and true landscape plant, but why do we tend to limit ourselves to planting the same cultivar over and over? There are over 89,000 registered cultivars of daylilies, so let's get started! 

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Tags: Plants, Branded Plants, Perennials

Great Roses for Small Spaces

Posted by Chloe Smith

 Roses are an iconic landscape plant, but who has the space? Actually, we all do! With the release of several new series of great roses for small spaces, the beauty of landscape roses can be enjoyed by everyone! 

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Tags: Plants, Branded Plants, Shrubs

6 Signs that Spring is Here

Posted by Chloe Smith

 Winter seems to last forever, especially with the promise of spring plants right around the corner. Here are 6 signs that spring is here, or awfully close!

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Tags: General, Spring

5 Great Plants for Rain Gardens

Posted by Chloe Smith

Did you know that rainwater runoff contributes to 70% of water pollution? Plants are here to help! A simple installation of a rain garden can remove up to 90% of pollutants from rainwater runoff, not to mention the beauty & biodiversity they provide to the landscape. With rain gardens, everybody wins!

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Tags: Plants, General, Environmentally Friendly

Red Flowered Hydrangea: Summer Crush™ & Cherry Explosion (comparison)

Posted by Chloe Smith

 While an art critic would argue that these are not truly red flowers, this deep pink is the closest thing we have to a red hydrangea flower currently on the market. There are two new cultivars in the mix trying to maximize a hydrangea’s red potential. Cherry Explosion was released in 2017 by Star Roses & Plants. Summer Crush will be available in garden centers in 2019 as part of Bailey Nurseries’ Endless Summer® collection. With multiple recent releases, red hydrangeas will be a trending topic for consumers in the next few years.

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Tags: Plants, Branded Plants, Shrubs