Perennial Plant Association names 2014 Perennial of the Year!

The Perennial Plant Association has named Panicum virgatum ‘Northwind’ its Perennial of the Year for 2014. Commonly called Northwind switchgrass, this warm-season grass stands straight as a 4 to 5-foot soldier in the landscape.

In late summer, fine textured golden orange flower panicles rise above the steel blue leaves. As summer turns to fall, flowers mature to beige and the foliage turns golden. Northwind continues to stand tall throughout the winter providing needed structure to the winter landscape.

Northwind switchgrass is easy to grow in sun to light shade. It is not fussy about soil and puts down deep roots making it drought tolerant once established.

It is a good neighbor to almost every other garden plant, but is especially effective when partnered with black-eyed Susans, coneflowers, and asters. One of my favorite perennial combinations includes Panicum ‘Northwind’, Eupatorium ‘Little Joe’ (Joe Pye weed), and Rudbeckia ‘Viette’s Little Suzy’ (black-eyed Susan).

Another reason we should all have this plant in our gardens:

The Planter’s Palette will help you keep your New Year’s resolutions!

New Year’s resolutions are easy to make but harder to keep. The Planter’s Palette can help you keep some of these more common resolutions.

1) Get more exercise. Burn calories while improving your home’s curb appeal. Bring in photos of your home and our horticulturists will help you choose shrubs and perennials to accent the architecture of your home. You will not only burn calories but enjoy the satisfaction of planting and caring for your new landscape.

2) Eat healthier. Plant an herb and vegetable garden. From a small container garden to a large plot in your backyard, we’re here in spring, to help you with soil prep and choosing plants. In summer, we’re still here and ready to answer any questions you have as plants grow.

3) Be more ‘green’. Consider using more organic products, like Dr. Earth fertilizers and fungicides. Plant more native plants. Choose plants that are not only beautiful, but also offer benefits to bees, birds, butterflies, and other wildlife. The Planter’s Palette offers one of the widest selection of annuals and perennials in the Chicagoland area.

4) Plan ahead. We are all so busy, special events sneak up on us. If you are planning a special event like a graduation party or a wedding reception and you need help with your landscape, call our landscaping division as soon as possible. The spring schedule gets booked up quickly and we would love to help you create a truly special event.

Although, we don’t open until Monday, March 31, the office is open on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to answer your gardening questions. Call 630-293-1040 ext. 2. Happy New Year!


We are closed for the season!

The Planter’s Palette is officially closed for the season. The office will be open for gift card purchases and gardening questions Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. beginning January 6, 2014.

Enjoy the winter snow as it decorates your trees and shrubs and frosts the tops of your perennials until the spring sun warms us again. We open for the 2014 season on Monday, March 31.

After-Christmas Blow Out Sale

On Friday, December 27, you can save big money and stock up for Christmas next year! For one day only, Christmas ornaments, picks and decor are all 75% off. Lanterns, ribbon, and bird feeders are 50% off. Hurry in for the best selection. We are open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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