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    The start of a long weekend…

    By VZ staff | May 23, 2014

    For most people this weekend signifies the official start of summer!

    The weather looks like it’s going to be a beautiful weekend to enjoy the outdoors. And summer means…pools!

    A swimming pool can be the social centerpiece for the season …

    Why not give mom flowers all year long!

    By VZ staff | May 9, 2014

    It’s time for mother’s day and one of the busiest days at a florist shop.  But if you are an avid gardener you can easily create your own floral arrangements from home.  This time of year, early spring, there are …

    The dwarf misconception…

    By VZ staff | May 2, 2014

    Many times people plant a dwarf form of a plant thinking it will remain the size it was purchased at. This is ultimately the misconception of what the term dwarf really means. “Dwarf” is a relative term, not an absolute. …

    formal garden overflowing with hydrangeas in winnetka illinois

    Hydrangea Invincibelle Spirit

    By VZ staff | April 25, 2014

    Here is a plant that is rather new to the industry: Hydrangea Invincibelle Spirit. This is a pink form of the common Annabelle Hydrangea. As you can see it produces pretty pink flowers in summer. It takes a few growing …

    A look ahead…

    By VZ staff | April 18, 2014

    “2014 is all about balance.  People finally appreciate that being in nature and in the garden is pure bliss. But now they want the garden to do double duty: A Zen oasis and the social hub for entertaining.” –Katie Dubow …

    Putting a little makeup on the landscape.

    By VZ staff | April 11, 2014

    Mulch is any type of material that is spread or laid over the surface of the soil as a covering. It is used to retain moisture in the soil, suppress weeds, keep the soil cool and make the garden bed …

    How does your garden grow?

    By VZ staff | April 4, 2014

    Well since it’s not quite warm enough to get your tomato’s going why not start with a cool season garden? There are lots of great veggies you can get started to brighten up your dinner plate.

    Lettuce: All lettuces …


    Brown is the new green…

    By VZ staff | March 28, 2014

    Sadly as the days start to warm up we are seeing more and more how the polar vortex has affected the landscape. Most notably are yews and boxwood and other smaller evergreens. If you have these plants in your yard …


    By VZ staff | March 21, 2014

    Extending your annuals season to season. We all get excited for summer and filling our planters with beautiful annuals. But why sell yourself short when you can have plants in all the seasons.

    Start your spring off with a planter …

    Happy St Patrick’s Day!

    By VZ staff | March 17, 2014

    We hope you have the luck of the Irish

    and find your four leaf clover or shamrock or trefoil or oxalis!

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