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Nothing Vanilla to See Here: Our summer border is a riot of color that beckons all visitors to take a closer look. Here's echinacea, hosta, heuchera, helianthus and asclepia getting their groove back after a LONG Chicago winter. What color scheme makes your heart sing?

Our summer border is a riot of color. Here echinacea, hosta, heuchera, helianthus and asclepia get their groove back after a long Chicago winter.

Gardening: Plants that grow in shade and shady garden

Beauty and Hardiness Grow in the Shade

Shade Plants: More amazing color. Heuchera mixed with ferns. The fact that heuchera is an evergreen is just so appealing for year round color!

The couple who now tend to the garden of this charming 1928 home in the suburbs of Chicago lovingly sprinkle their collection of found objects and other folk art amid their colorful and textural perennial borders. Here, a crusty old spire holds watch over a mix of Stachys byzantina 'Helene von Stein' pink cosmos, agastache 'Blue Fortune' among others.

A Garden by a Pond in Chicago

I love the sculptural quality and how the clipped grass plays off the fluffy foreground plantings of my succulent container and 'Summer Beauty' alliums. I suggest creating tension between soft and rigid textures in your garden for a more interesting outcome. Try mixing manicured sections of clipped boxwood and lawn against more robust plant varieties.

A Chicago gardener offers design inspiration from her own eclectic garden

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Heuchera 'Raspberry Ice'

Coral Bells (Heuchera hybrids) Cut flowering stems below the low mound of foliage as coral bells finish blooming. Dead-heading will extend the flowering and will sometimes promote a smaller, second flowering.


Proven Winners - 'Crimson Curls' - Coral Bells - Heuchera hybrid pink plant details, information and resources.

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"Contrast foliage, shape and color by double lining edging plants for a dramatic border edge. Purple-leafed flowering Heuchera, shown here, contrasts so well against the deep green of the neatly clipped boxwood.

A stand of 'Firetail' persicaria holds a special place in my heart and my garden. The delightful red spikes remind me of where my journey began as a self-taught gardener, and the summer I discovered a kindred spirit in Dutch garden master, Piet Oudolf. His love of bold sweeps of native plants spoke to my experimental gardening style.

A Chicago gardener offers design inspiration from her own eclectic garden