Posts Categorized: Native Plants

Resources to Learn about Harvesting Milkweed Seeds

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Resources to Learn about Harvesting Milkweed Seeds This post provides links to articles that help us with learning about harvesting and sharing milkweed seeds. Many of the tips and tricks are applicable to other types of seeds.   If you’ve grown milkweed, your plant is probably developing pods.  Rose Milkweed (Ascelpias incarnata) might have already… Read more »

Native Pollinator Garden Basics for the Chicago Region

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Native pollinators take many forms, and all are very different from the European Honeybee, of which much has been studied and written.  Despite the many articles written about colony collapse, Honeybees will be just fine, and their issues are not ones of conservation, but instead are ones of domestic animal management. The animals we do… Read more »

Green Guides: Native Gardens

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Green Guides Native Gardens Your garden can be attractive aesthetically and ecologically when you use native plants.  You can incorporate native plants into an existing garden, or you can create a garden from scratch. Below are the 4 steps to a native garden: Understand your site and select appropriate plants.  You need to know the… Read more »

Top 10 Native Plants for Full Sun

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Top 10 Native Plants from West Cook Wild Ones   West Cook Wild Ones has created the following list to help out anyone who is new to native plants and is unsure of where to begin their efforts.  Below is a list of plants that we have found easy to grow (as long as they… Read more »

Start-up Guide for Native Gardens in West Cook County

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Native Gardening Basics There are many ways to start using native plants in your garden. You can start to incorporate native plants into your existing landscape – or – you can start completely from scratch. First, make an assessment of the environmental conditions (shady or sunny, drainage, soil types, irrigation, etc.). Also, make an inventory… Read more »