Spring will be arriving soon, and with the new season comes brand new foliage followed by a burst of flowers. Gardeners poking around the yard may discover plants emerging here and there.
Some of the earliest of these plants are native spring ephemerals. Ephemerals, or short-lived plants, are often misunderstood and I refer to them as the mystery plants of the Eastern U.S. deciduous forest. That is because they seem to emerge suddenly and vanish almost as quickly as they came.
Late spring to early summer is a good time to incorporate perennials into the garden. As you contemplate plant selection, why not consider butterfly weed, named the 2017 Perennial Plant of the Year™ by the Perennial Plant Association. Butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa) is a well-behaved, easy-care plant native to Illinois. It is common in most regions of the state, except in some western areas. It also goes by the name of butterfly milkweed, but people tend to call it butterfly weed because it lacks the white sap of other milkweed species.
West Cook Wild Ones Presents:
The Naturally Beautiful Garden Conference 2017
Saturday, February 11, 2017 from 12:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Triton College Performing Arts Center, River Grove, IL. 60171.