Trees, Shrubs, & Flowers
Naperville and the surrounding area exhibits some of the most beautiful tree specimens in the country – fall, winter, spring and summer. Trees add splendor, color, texture and protection from the elements to any landscape scene.
We recommend the best time to plant trees and shrubs is during the dormant season in the fall after the leaves drop or early spring before the buds burst out. During this time weather conditions are perfect and allow plants to establish roots in their new environment before spring rains and summer heat bring on new top growth. Trees can also be obtained in a nursery or garden center that have been properly cared for, and given the appropriate care during transport to prevent damage, can be planted throughout the growing season.
Specialty trees will invariably be a focal point in landscaping plans. Trees offer shade, privacy, beauty or protection from the elements. There are many different varieties available to add to the esthetic surroundings of your landscape, including Maple (for fall beauty), Flowering Dogwood, Purple Plum Tree, Tulip Tree, White Fir, Colorado Blue Spruce, Service Berry. Just to name a few.
We value your opinion and desires, and will work directly with you in selecting trees that will grow properly within the area provided.
Our goal is to help you select the appropriate type of tree that will flourish in a suitable location in order that you can enjoy the beauty for decades.
Flowering shrubs are perennial plants. Most shrubs produce flowers, but to be considered a true flowering shrub, the bush must have a floral display that adds character to the plant. Generally shrubs bloom only once a year; their foliage and berries add color to the garden after the flowers have faded. Planting several different varieties of shrubs will make sure there will be blooms for every season.
Flowering shrubs have woody stems and usually are multi-branching from the base of the plant. Trees on the other hand have one main trunk from the base. Flowering shrubs reach various heights and will be depend on the overall design of which variety would be best suited for your property. They can be grown in a shrub border or a mixed border, meaning they will be mixed in with other different plants such as annuals and perennials.
Probably one of the most popular reasons for growing flowering shrubs, besides their beauty, would be the fragrantcy of their blooms. Lilacs, viburnum and purple leaf sand cherry have some of the most heavenly scents when in bloom. Not only do they provide a dramatic flare, but they would help block out noisy neighbors and traffic sounds as well as privacy.
There are flowering shrubs available for blooming in every season.
Spring Flowering shrubs include weigela, deyutia, honeysuckle, lilac, bridal wreath spireas, and forsythia, just to name a few.
Summer Flowering Shrubs might include St. John’s wort, snowberry, rose of Sharon, snowberry, Annabelle hydrangea, butterfly bush, azaleas and blue mist spirea.
Fall Flowering Shrubs are mainly grown in Southern locales, but Endless Summer Hydrangea’s bloom right through the fall, even after frost.
Although evergreens are not a flowering shrub, they work very well for the purpose of privacy or noise control, should that be your intention of adding them to your landscape plan.
Most flowering shrubs are fairly easy to grow and do not need a lot of attention. Pruning occasionally and the addition of fertilizer would be adequate. Some flowering shrubs will need water more than others during a drought situation. The better care you give to your flowering shrubs, the more they will reward you in the future.
PERENNIALS & ANNUALS
Perennial flowers are available for every season and climate and are permanent in that they grow back and burst into color around the same time every year.
Perennials come in every shape and size and are available for every season and climate. You can always find flowers that will suit your gardening desires.
Examples of evergreen perennials include Begonia and Banana. Examples of deciduous perennials include goldenrod and mint. Examples of monocarpic perennials include Agave and some species of Streptocarpus. Examples of woody perennials include maple, pine, and apple trees.
An annual plant is a plant that usually germinates, flowers, and dies in a year or season. True annuals will only live longer than a year if they are prevented from setting seed. Some seedless plants can be considered annuals event though they do not grow a flower.
Summer annuals sprout, flower and dies within the same spring/summer/fall. Lawn weed, crabgrass are considered a summer annual.
Winter Annuals tend to germinate in the fall or winter and bloom in late autumn/fall, winter or early spring, and usually die off in about a year.
Winter Annuals have a one seasonal life span as well. The plants grow and bloom during the cool season when most other plants are dormant or other annuals are in seed form waiting for warmer weather to germinate. They die after flowering and setting seed; the seeds wait to germinate until soil temperature is cool again in the fall or winter. They grow in the ground where there is the most shelter from the coldest nights by snow cover, and make use of the warm period in winter for growth when the snow melts. Some common winter annuals include henbit, deadnettle, chickweed, and winter cress. They have environmental benefits in that they provide vegetative cover that prevents soil erosion during winter and early and they provide fresh vegetation for animals and birds that feed on them.