Chicago City Gardening Tips for Spring

by Amanda on April 26, 2023

Chicago welcomed Spring with open arms earlier this month as temperatures hit the low 70’s, causing residents to flock outdoors. The local real estate market has also contributed to the warming up of the city with well-priced listings flying off the market, and CHP buyers winning out in competitive multiple bid situations!

One of the many delights of Spring in Chicago is the emergence of color throughout the different neighborhoods. From the dogwoods in Roscoe Village to the lilac bushes in Lakeview backyards, purple buds are pushing through, and daffodils can be found in abundance.

Many home buyers dream of being able to design beautiful flower boxes or landscape their new properties. Even condo owners want to bring the outside in and decorate their homes with flowering plants. Although the concept of “bringing the outside in” isn’t new, not everyone possesses the knowledge and skill to make it happen, (like me!).

That’s why this month, we’ve providing tips, tricks, and personal recommendations to get your gardening on. Regardless of the type of home you own, our suggestions provide guidance to beautify it and make your neighbors envious.

Read on to check out our suggestions and let us know if we missed anything!

Flower Box Planting Tips

So many of us have planted window boxes in the past only to notice after a few months that they pale in comparison to those at the store. What’s the trick? I found this video on youtube that gives one of the best suggestions (outside of a LOT of water!) for making your window boxes look like the pros!

Top Chicago Area Garden Spots

Finding the best plant for your home or flower boxes is key, so don’t skimp on quality if you’re expecting it to last for the season.  Home Depot or Lowes are good for flower boxes but not if you’re looking for something to last for years to come.

Gethsemane Garden Center

Sprawling, upmarket garden center & greenhouse offering plants, flowers, gifts & outdoor furniture.

Farmers Market: Chicago’s Garden Center

Longtime urban gardening specialists offering flowers, shrubs & statuary, plus landscape services.

Sprout Home

Home & garden retailer offering floral & landscape design services, plus furniture, tools & classes.

Old Town Gardens Inc.

Center for landscape design & maintenance, with container garden plants, seasonal decor & lighting.

Fertile Garden Center

Fertile caters to the urban gardener and homeowner with an experienced staff that offers personalized service.

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