Shady Hill Gardens in Elburn is now open for the fall season. At this time of the year, we have a wide range of colors of our famous fall mums. You will also find pansies, flowering cabbage and kale, dianthus, marigolds and other blooming and foliage plants for autumn containers. All of the plants that we grow now are selected with cool weather performance in mind. They can replace or enhance your summer containers and last late into the fall season. You will also find our beautiful mixed planters for the fall, planted in bushel baskets, wooden crates and other unique containers.

We again have our “Pick Your Own Cut Flowers” which seem to become more popular each year. It is an idea that we originally saw in the Northwest, but had not seen in this area. You can expect to find Sunflowers, Zinnias, Celosia and Snapdragons growing in our beds. Customers often remark that they love the freshness of cutting the flowers and taking them home, as well as being able to pick and choose in our garden, instead of their own!

A couple years ago, at the suggestion of one of our cut flower customers, we planted a full bed of tomato plants, so that customers could pick some of those right off the vine.  It was a hit and we planted more this year.  Every year is different as far as the weather is concerned and that will affect the timing and number of ripe tomatoes that we have.   That is just the nature of gardening outdoors and dealing with the ups and downs of weather.

Fall is also a great time to plant perennials, as well as bushes and shrubs. You get a jump on next season and the plants do not have to deal with the heat of the summer. We have a selection of perennials that are on sale, so stop out sometime soon and see what we have to enhance your yard.

After the fall season is over, we take a short break to get all of our Christmas decorations and items together to open on Monday, November 17. For the Christmas season, the star of the show is our gorgeous poinsettia plants, but you will also find fresh wreaths, roping and greens. In fact, you will see quite a few green poinsettias if you stop out to Elburn this fall and see what we have growing.

If you have any questions or need any information about anything going on at Shady Hill, please call us at 630-365-5665 or e-mail Joe at jheidgen@sbcglobal.net or Matt at mheidgen@sbcglobal.net .