Green Infrastructure: Ensuring Success with Native Plants

A successful native bioswale
A successful native bioswale

An increasingly important approach to water quality improvement, green infrastructure projects such as rain gardens, bioswales, and retention basins, are successful when they function properly and are aesthetically pleasing. Let our expert landscape architects and ecologists at ecology + vision, llc help you enhance your project with curated plant lists, detailed specifications and measurable performance criteria. Together, we can create a beautiful, high functioning project that will last for years to come. Read More…

Salt Tolerant Native Plants

b_amocan_1(2)Amorpha canescens

Winter in the Chicago area inevitably means salted roads and walkways. Fortunately, some of our native plants will happily tolerate salt and still be beautiful. We’ve chosen a list of plants we find able to not only absorb and clean polluted snowmelt and runoff, but are well-behaved in the landscape.

Amorpha canescens or Lead Plant

Lead plant gets its common name from its dusty grey green foliage that looks like oxidized lead. This short sub-shrub will surprise you with long lasting purple flower spikes covered in bright orange anthers. Plant it in the front of the border where you can reach out and touch the soft leaves. It does best in full sun to part shade and good drainage. Read More…