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March/April 2006 Issue

What’s one plant that Chicagoland gardeners
should grow more often and why?
Marcy Stewart-Pyziak, landscape designer and consultant, the Gardener’s Tutor, Manhattan, IL Lisa Hoerr-Grandstaff, vice president of marketing at Green View Companies, Oswego, IL
“Prairie Dropseed—Sporobolus heterolepis. It’s a great clump-forming, sun-loving mature grass for the front or middle of the border, with narrow, fine-textured leaves. It’s long-lived, drought tolerant, and non-aggressive.” “I think people are just starting to catch on to hellebores, but I think they’re underused. I think they offer a beautiful flower and have beautiful foliage, and they’re deer and rabbit resistant.”
Mark Dwyer, landscape manager, Rotary Gardens, Janesville, WI Steven Courtney, executive director, Klehm Arboretum and Botanic Garden, Rockford, IL
“Switch grass is a must-have! Ornamental grasses create structure, form, color and texture in our gardens.  Switch grass (Panicum virgatum) is one of our native prairie grasses that is not only a versatile ornamental but has unquestionable appeal to gardeners and wildlife alike.” “Hellebore—Lenten Rose. It’s a semi-evergreen, shade-loving perennial, an early spring bloomer, with a wide variety of colors and flower styles. It’s a great addition to the shade garden.”



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Previous Ask our Experts Questions:
July/August 2008 What plants do you recommend for drought tolerance?
May/June 2008 What do you recommend to customers who want instant curb appeal in their gardens?
March/April 2008 What are the most common questions your customers ask in spring?
January/ February 2008 What ornamental grasses would you recommend for winter interest?
November/December 2007 What natural materials would you recommend for holiday decorating?
September/October 2007 What were your hot sellers this year and what do you expect to be popular next year?
July/August 2007 The early summer blooms of peonies, roses and iris has ended and my garden is in the doldrums. What can I do now to perk things up?
May/June 2007 What is the one "must have" this spring for a hanging basket?
March/April 2007 What do you tell people who complain about non-blooming lilacs?
November/December 2006 What is your favorite tree or shrub for winter interest?
September/October 2006 What is your favorite tree or shrub for fall color?
July/August 2006 What should tomato growers be doing this month and next to get maximum tomato production?
May/June 2006 In your opinion, what's the most common mistake novice gardeners make?
March/April 2006 What’s one plant that Chicagoland gardeners should grow more often and why?