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Glenview, Illinois

The reconstructed old stone entrance way to the former house is ablaze with colorful, dormant "warm season" clump-forming grasses and seedpods from many types of flowers.

Toby enjoys a cool drink while Katy makes sure he doesn't fall over from sheer delight.

Henrietta is proud to display the "Conservation@Home" sign. This makes a strong environmental statement signifying love and respect for the natural world.

Native shrubs are GREAT for any garden where you have the room, like around the house.

They contribute so much more than boring evergreens. Natives have flowers in the Spring, Summer and even into the Fall.

They produce fruits, nuts and berries for the critters and, as you will see, their leaves are remarkably colorful.

As a special treat the stems may be very colorful or interesting.

The white berries of the Snowberry, Symphoricarpos albus, contrast sharply with the red leaves of the Red Chokeberry, Aronia arbutifohia. Both of these shrubs are relatively small and are great in landscape work.


Hydrangea quercifolia has beautiful large flower clusters in Summer and stunning color in the Fall. It does extremely well in the shade, but likes a little sun during the day.


Lindera benzoin

This is a shade tolerent 12'X12' schrub that I have seen growing with Witchazel in Dune country. It has early yellow flowers in the Spring and the leaves smell like lemons when rubbed.


Corylus americana

This is a great shrub to fill an empty sunny space. Males produce three inch catkins in the Spring, and the Fall color is intense. As a treat the squirrels love the nuts.


Itea virginiana "spirch"

This low roundish shrub is one of my favorites. The specie is found on streambanks and grows to 12 feet tall. This is a cultivated variety which is easier to use in landscaping around homes. It has knock-out red Fall colors.


Magnolia acuminata

This plant is a native of rich woods in the Eastern U. S. Its large leaves compliment the many catalpa trees on the property. The fruit is cucumber-like changing from green to red.

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