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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!

How’s your wormery?

By VZ staff | March 14, 2014

Yeah I said wormery. It’s a word, here look it up -> wormery. Did you know worm castings (ok poop) are an ideal soil conditioner? Research proves that these high-performance products introduce important macro- and micro-nutrients into the soil, nourishing …

The fruits of our labor…

By VZ staff | March 8, 2014

Dreaming of some color in the landscape so lets talk bulbs! If you are like me, last fall you planted a variety of bulbs that should perk up the landscape as soon as the snow starts to melt.

Some of …

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