Gethsemane takes pride in offering a vast choice of quality perennials that will satisfy both the novice and the seasoned gardener. The perennial sales staff can take the fear out of gardening for the beginner gardener by suggesting easy care plants that come back year after year. For the connoisseur gardener, we carry new and unusual perennials for a great addition to their garden oasis.
Our extensive selection of perennials can satisfy any garden need. City gardeners can find an extensive variety of shade plants that can be tucked in among shrubs and trees and used as ground covers. We also specialize in drought-tolerant plants such as sedums, perennial subshrubs, and natives. Our vines will add another dimension to the garden by using vertical space. Be sure to pair one of our numerous varieties of clematis with a rose for a special flowering treat.
Whether you get your own hands dirty, or prefer to hire others to create your garden, Gethsemane can satisfy all your needs.
- Perennials for Containers
- The very best perennials to plant for a lush cutting garden
- Perennials to plant in your garden for attracting butterflies, bees and/or hummingbirds
For more information, we recommend the following references and websites:
For information on our local zone hardiness – see the USDA Interactive Plant Hardiness Zone Map
For information on invasive species in Chicago – see the City’s Natural Resources & Water Quality website
For assistance in planning next years garden, you may wish to consult:
- Fine Gardening Magazine
- Horticulture Magazine
- DiSabato-Aust, Tracy. The well-tended perennial garden: planting & pruning techniques. Portland:Timber Press (2006).
- Oudolf, Piet and Noel Kingsbury. Planting: a new perspective. Portland:Timber Press (2013).
- Nowakowski, Keith. Native Plants in the Home Landscape for the Upper Midwest. Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Extension (c2004).
- Burrell, C. Colston and Judith Knott Tyler. Hellebores: a comprehensive guide. Portland:Timber Press (2006).
- Mackenzie, David S. Premium Plants: Superior Perennials for the Great Lakes States. Hortech Inc(2001)).
- Aniśko, Tomasz. When perennials bloom: an almanac for planning and planting. Portland:Timber Press (2008).
- Diblik, Roy. Roy Diblik’s Small Perennial Gardens: The Know Maintenance Approach..
- The National Wildlife Federation’s guide to making a Garden for Wildlife
- Illinois Wildflowers
- The University of Illinois Extension Program has a couple of useful sites, including Wildflowers and Stepping Stones to Perennial Garden Design
For inspiration, we look at:
- Chicago Botanic Garden
- American Horticultural Society
- Missouri Botanical Garden
- The Lurie Garden in Chicago’s Millennium Park
- Piet Oudolf
For general gardening discussions and beyond, we read: