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Thursday, 26 March 2015 08:59

Popular Chicagoland Flowers and Plants

Written by  Nancy Forster
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What makes a plant great for the average Chicago home landscape?  Making it through a cold winter and hot summer comes to mind.  But for many gardeners looking to beautify their residential yard, the answer is placing flowers and plants that deer and rabbits won’t eat!

These popular denizens of The Lurie Garden and The Chicago Botanic Garden do all that and then some. They’re forgiving, well behaved, and will thrive any sunny spot in the yard regardless of soil type (wet, dry, clay, or sand).  Perfect for any Chicagoland home landscape!

Here’s a list of the perennials (they come back every year):

Allium ‘Summer Beauty’  - Ornamental onion (this one will not reseed all over the garden)

Monarda ‘Raspberry Wine’ - Bee Balm

Amsonia tabernaemontana - Willowleaf Blue Star

Calamintha nepeta var. nepeta ‘Montrose White’ - Calamint

Huechera ‘Autumn Bride’ – Coral Bells

Persicaria ‘ Firetail’ - Knotweed

Geranium ‘Karmina’ - Cransbill

Ajuga (try ‘Chocolate Chips’ – it’s smaller than the others and tucks in very well around other plants, great groundcover!) – Bugleweed

Alchemilla – Lady’s Mantle

Solidago – Goldenrod

Chelone - Turtlehead

Here’s a list of some great annuals (need to be planted year to year).  Some of these will not be happy in wet soils:

Ageratum

Dusty Miller

Begonias

Marigolds

Snapdragons

Sweet Alyssum

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