Featured Project: Preserving a Piece of Michigan’s Natural History

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Ancient Beech

For the past seven years, we at Pizzo & Associates, Ltd. have been proud to steward a special piece of land along the Galien River in Three Oaks, Michigan. The homeowners purchased approximately 30 acres as a vacation property and built a home, pool, and pool house for family getaways. They chose the site for its proximity to the Chicago metro area and the beautiful site on the river. Read More…

Weeds Not Wildflowers: Summer Edition

Summer - 20 (2009). Conium maculatum. "Conium maculatum"
Poison Hemlock

The battle against invasive weeds never ends. This is a selection of what’s blooming now that may resemble wildflowers, but should be controlled in natural areas.

Poison Hemlock (Conium maculatum)

Poison Hemlock, a biennial, is blooming with clusters of flat white flowers atop tall purple-blotched stems. A member of the parsley family, it has lacy compound leaves. A single plant may form upwards of 38,000 seeds. This plant is poisonous if ingested and was the hemlock used to poison Socrates. Read More…

Fantastic Native Ferns

Northern Maidenhair Fern
Northern Maidenhair Fern

One of the loveliest woodland plants is the fern. We have almost 20 species native to Illinois and we’re very excited to offer these this spring. Ferns add a particular grace to shade gardens or woodland areas and blend well with wildflowers and sedges. Our ferns are still growing, but will be ready in a few weeks for pick up or delivery.

Northern Maidenhair Fern (Adiantum pedatum)

One of the loveliest of the native ferns, Northern Maidenhair Fern can reach up to two feet high and wide. Its wiry black stems allow the foliage to almost float, providing a delicate texture for the shade. This fern prefers moist, rich soils and is deer resistant. Read More…

Nectar Plants for Fall Pollinators

Swamp Milkweed
Swamp Milkweed

A recent study has demonstrated that late-season nectar plants are key to migrating butterflies and pollinators. You can enjoy blossoms through October by adding some of these beauties to your yard or natural area. Tough, tolerant, and lovely, try one for a burst of late summer and autumn flowers.

 

Swamp Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata)

A terrific rain garden plant, Swamp Milkweed prefers full sun sites that have wet to average soils. Reaching about two to four feet high, it blooms beginning in July and August with rosy pink clusters of upright fragrant flowers. Forming colonies when conditions are right, it is a host plant for Monarch butterflies. Other pollinators find it attractive, including the occasional Ruby-throated Hummingbird.  Read More…