Benefits of Gardening

Garden Center at Ekana

Need a new hobby to start up? Tired of spending so much money on groceries? Want to grow something beautiful to be proud of? You should start a garden! There are so many benefits of gardening, from reducing stress and improving heart health, to saving on groceries and adding healthy home-grown ingredients to your meals.…

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Get Ready for Spring Now in 5 Steps

We blinked…and it’s already a new decade! It’s hard to believe that the time is going so quickly. While the Illinois weather has been a bit mild and confusing lately, it’s actually time to start thinking ahead to our Spring Plans! With that in mind, we put together a few steps for the Garden this…

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Make your Holidays Beautiful with Ekana

We are thrilled to be moving into the holiday season, one of our favorite times of the year. Plus, it is really starting to look like Christmas out here at the nursery. We have a number of great options for you to ring in the holidays at your home, or to gift to your friends…

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Fall Is The Perfect Time For Planting

Fall plants with strong roots.

As the temperature starts to drop in the evenings, summer slowly leads to fall. When temperatures drop, we stop thinking about our gardens and begin worrying about the winter freeze. Fall is actually the perfect time to begin planting, so stop thinking about winter and use fall to your best advantage. Colder temperatures make plants…

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Let Hydrangeas Be Your Garden Showpiece

hydrangea flowering bush

A flowering Hydrangea is an eye catcher by itself. When you have an entire shrub blooming, it is a sight to behold with its gorgeous hues of blue, lavender, pink, red and white. They bloom during the late spring and summer and even into the fall, but they can be temperamental. If you want to…

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Lawn Care Tips For Illinois Homes

getting your lawn ready for the spring

Clean up Winter’s Debris One of the most important aspects of spring and summer lawn care is removing everything Mother Nature poured down on your lawn during the winter.  You can have layers of old leaves that are wet and smothering your lawn. It’s also the perfect time to aerate and spike your lawn. Grass…

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Spring Preparation

We survived the Snowpocalypse and the sub-sub-subzero temperatures for another year. When the temperatures rise and the grass starts to green, it’s time to think about spring planting. If you want your garden and flower beds looking lush and colorful this season, then it’s time to prepare. Order Your Plants Now Just because there might…

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Color Your World With Roses

What do each color of roses mean

It’s that time of year again when love is in the air and Cupid readies his arrows for Valentine’s Day. Roses are a popular gift, but don’t just grab the first ones on the shelf. There are many types of roses and each color has a special meaning. If you want to go the extra…

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Protecting New Trees from Frost & Animals

Winter is hard on new trees and many have died because of harsh conditions the season brings. Even trees planted for a few years can succumb to the many problems winter’s savage temperatures. There are ways to protect trees and keep them healthy until the renewing rains of spring replenish them. One of the most…

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Falls Is The Best Time To Plant Trees

planting trees in the fall

When spring hits, nurseries have a large selection of trees and flowers. It’s natural to think that this is the perfect time to plant trees, but actual conditions are better in fall. It may seem counterintuitive since the sun is shining, the leaves are green and growth is everywhere, but you might want to wait.…

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