Tips from Jennifer Davit, Director, The Lurie Garden
- Replace annuals with perennials, especially those native to prairies, which require little water and no fertilizer.
- Beyond color, choose textures, movement and fragrances that appeal to you.
- Many perennials attract wildlife, because they provide nectar and pollen.
- Plant perennials 15 to 20 inches apart with the crown at the ground level – don’t plant too deep.
- Depending on the plant needs, you may not need much fertilizer.
- Water when signs of stress become evident. Avoid using hardwood mulch around perennials; use leaf mulch or the plants clippings as natural mulch instead.
- Avoid insecticides.
Lurie Garden Spring Festival & Plant Sale Saturday, June 7, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The Lurie Garden in Millennium Park