Maggie Finegan at the Chicago Flower ShowAttention Chicagoland homeowners. Did you know that you can divide, replant or trade your perennials, rather than buying new, and enhance the curb appeal of your home without spending a lot of money.   If you like to garden in Chicago as much as I do, and have a limited budget, it’s a great year to divide your overgrown perennials and replant them in bare spots in your gardens.   I have noticed that my perennials have almost doubled in size since last year, due to all the rain we are having.   You can also trade the divisions with your neighbors, and increase your variety, rather than buying new.We are dividing up the hostas at our townhome on Ravenswood, and replanting the divisions at our townhouses on Paulina.

Friends in Evanston, who are re-landscaping their front yard, have given us three large boxwood bushes that we are planting along the driveway of our townhouse.   We are also putting down a lot of mulch, to help insulate the plants from extreme heat in drought that often happens in July and August.   For a local perennial gardening ideas, visit Gethsemane Gardens on North Clark Street in Edgewater/Andersonville, Chicago, or visit the Chicago Botanic Gardens in Highland Park, Illinois for acres and acres of gardens in a gorgeous setting.

Maggie Finegan, ABR, Move with Maggie Chicago Real Estate Team

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