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If only a picture could convey the intense fragrance of a wild rose—this one is Rosa setigera, Illinois Rose

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Jacob’s ladder (Polemonium reptans) glows in the springtime shade

A Rain Garden at Work

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A pipe conveys water from a downspout into this front yard rain garden…


That spring, the garden captured heavy rainfall

We love our front yard garden landscaping—three years after the initial planting it has flourished and is always beautiful!
— Mark L.


Black swallowtail nectaring on common milkweed (Asclepius syriaca)

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A tranquil woodland scene, where blooming Jacob’s ladder supports spring pollinators

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The brilliant orange of butterfly milkweed (Asclepius tuberosa) echoes the orange cone of purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea)

Smoke on the Prairie

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The buds of the diminutive prairie smoke begin to open, and a few weeks later, the styles elongate and they’re “a-smokin’!”


Who says city parkways have to be boring?

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I’m happy every time I see our parkway when I walk up to our house.
— Mary S.
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Planting a native garden in the parkway brightens up your entire street and welcomes you home.

We especially like the ‘seasonality’ of the plants - there is something new popping up every season. The butterflies love it!
— Paul K.

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The Thing About Native Plants…

Our native plants evolved over millennia, once covering prairies, woodlands, savannas, marshes, beaches, and other habitats. They thrive on diverse soils, in all sorts of light situations, on slopes and flatland, and in every moisture gradient. There is a suite of natives for every modern landscape. Native plants are champions at flood control, drought resistance, carbon sequestration, and thriving without chemical input. They’ve been doing all that for thousands of years!

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We asked our customers to send us photos from their gardens. We wish we could post them all!

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Monarch on lead plant—one of a very few true prairie shrubs. Thank you, Diane J., for snapping and sharing this image.

Thank you to everyone who shared images: Donna B., Nick D., Scott E., Diane J., Paul F., Mark L., and Mary S. Through these photos, we sense your delight!

Each Red Stem garden reflects personal taste, architecture, soil, light, water, and the diverse plant palette that is our heritage

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