Instead of spending 200+ hours cutting back our plants by hand, we mow them down instead.
It's time to cut-back all the perennials in the garden to make way for new growth. Instead of increasing our carbon footprint by carting away truckloads of plant debris, we use an on-site mower to chop the dried foliage into smaller pieces. This debris is left in place to mulch the garden, providing organic matter for the soil and helping with weed control. This mulch also provides a habitat for wildlife in our bio-diverse garden.
Check out our fun line-up of free programming! Choose your own adventures from an orchid safari to pruning local flora, from singing garden excursions with toddlers to calming gardeners' yoga: you're bound to find something to melt your heart. We offer carefully curated learning experiences for everyone from families to adults. It's time to start thinking about spring, right? To reserve your spot register here.
"Those who see beauty only in bright colors...must learn to look differently at plants, at the forms and structures beneath." Piet Oudolf
The winter garden is full of color--just in more subdued tones: brown, silver, and neutral tones create a calm, reflective palette. Seed heads range from the bronze-colored orbs of rattlesnake master to the icy blue panicles of Russian sage. Some plants provide brighter colors such as little bluestem grass with its rainbow of rusty tones and also our hawthorn trees with their bright red berries, attractive to birds.
The sounds of the garden in winter are another quality that often goes unnoticed. Our Shoulder Hedge feature has European beech trees that cling to their copper leaves all winter. As the wind blows, the leaves create calming rustling sounds.
At Lurie Garden it’s bulb planting season. We do our best to keep this labor intensive task as simple as possible. While working out in the garden, we hear just about every theory there is on how to plant bulbs. Since each year we add large quantities of bulbs (10,000 this fall) in an established garden, we have our own way of doing things, but our method may work for you as well.
We typically use a hori hori knife to plant each bulb individually. Since we are planting bulbs among perennials in a garden that has been around for ten years now, there is not enough room to dig out large holes and add multiple bulbs that way. Corer-style bulb planters waste time trying to get the cored soil out of them. English style trowels,