University of Illinois Extension
Here's a collection of six excellent publications explaining the latest trends in garden design and new plant varieties.

Tropical Punch! Exotic Plants as Focal Points and Accents in Midwestern Gardens

One of the exciting new trends in garden design is the incorporation of lush-looking tropical plants into annual and perennial borders no matter where you live. Features 14 tropical plants to consider.

8 pages

Order the Discovery Series>>

From the Ground Up - Groundcovers to Know and Use

The most widely planted groundcover in today's landscape is turfgrass. Turfgrass covers the soil in almost any conceivable place. Most of the time it succeeds in providing a suitable cover. Yet, sometimes unsuitable growing conditions prevent its success. When this is the case, then other groundcovers may provide solutions to a landscaping challenge or just add a bit of much needed texture or color. Features 37 different groundcovers.

8 pages

Order the Discovery Series>>

Beyond Impatiens and Petunias

Some plants like it hot -- some plants like it cool. Whatever the garden situation, there are annuals and perennials that can be selected to offer color and interest to even some of the most extreme gardening situations. Offers 30 different plant selections.

8 pages

Order the Discovery Series>>

Grasses with Gusto! Growing Ornamental Grasses in Your Garden

Ornamental grasses have the ability to provide interesting color, texture and form whether used by themselve or mixed with other annuals and perennials. Features 15 different ornamental grasses.

8 pages

Order the Discovery Series>>

Fantastic Foliage

Form, texture and color are the three guiding principles when creating an inviting landscape. Some plants are valued for their foliage effects with flowers being secondary. These plants have the ability to provide striking color with only their foliage. Features 21 foliage plants.

6 pages

Order the Discovery Series>>

Tips for Great Looking Container Gardens

The popularity of container gardening has taken on a life of its own and has become an art form. Common plant material can look entirely new when displayed in containers where the plant's unique color, texture or form can be spotlighted.

4 pages

Order the Discovery Series>>