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Glen Ellyn, Illinois

Here is the front yard taken in context. Planted in 2001, it is so thick and full now that you can not see a bare spot of earth anywhere. You can imagine all sorts of critters hanging out in there.

A Staghorm Sumac, Rhus typhina, anchors the other corner of the house. The Fall color, redish-orange, is vibrant and spectacular. Sumacs sucker a lot and tend to get all over the place. They have to be kept under tight control, but it is worth it.

You don't need flowers in the Fall for interesting color and texture. The seeds heads of Foxglove Beardtongue, Penstemon digitalis, are a pretty as any flower.

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