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How to Use Groundcover in Your Landscaping

Written on July 27, 2017 at 3:20 pm | Written by Green T
Ground cover

Groundcovers truly live up to their name but they actually do a lot more than just cover bare soil. In this post we will go over where and why you should use groundcover for your landscaping.

Groundcovers can be used in a variety of situations and will add year-round beauty to your landscape. The most commonly used groundcover in today’s landscapes is turfgrass. Turfgrass is great at covering large areas but groundcover will cover soil in almost every conceivable place. Other groundcovers may provide solutions to a landscaping challenge or just add a bit of much needed texture and color. You should try groundcovers where lawn grass either won’t grow or is too difficult to maintain.

Here’s what to look for:

You will want to select groundcover based on their ability to add year-round beauty. Some groundcovers die back to the ground in the winter, exposing bare soil. If you do not want your lawn to have that look every winter, choose evergreen groundcovers.


Groundcovers can also be used as transitions between the lawn and taller plants or trees. Groundcovers are great at creating visual guides and traffic barriers to define space. Some even withstand foot traffic, which is great for filling in between stepping stones or even be used as a lawn substitute. To fill spaces between pavers and stepping stones, choose plants that stay short and thrive in gravel or sandy soil.

Compared to a lawn, ground covers offer many more advantages. For one you don’t need to mow groundcovers, there’s little weeding, and there will be very little watering or fertilizing once the plants are established. When you plant them in large areas, groundcovers can give you the openness of a grassy lawn but with more texture. You can even layer them to add some dimension to those areas.

When covering large areas groundcovers tend to slow the movement of rainwater down a slope and the roots help bind the soil and absorb moisture, preventing erosion. Drought-tolerant plants tend to do best since hillsides are often windy and sunny and difficult to water. Plus, there’s barely any actual work to do, so you don’t have to worry about slipping as you tend the plants.

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Benefits of Landscaping for Your Business

Written on July 3, 2017 at 8:26 pm | Written by Green T
Benefits of Landscaping for Your Business

In this post we discuss the benefits of professional landscaping for commercial businesses and reasons they should consider this service.

For most businesses, your first impression means a great deal. That impression starts before a client even enters the building. Below you will find some of the benefits to having an attractive landscape.

Stand out

Having a professional take care of the landscaping can help your business achieve a lasting first impression. One of the best ways to do that is by having a well-kept and eye-catching landscape. It is very important to design your landscape to be unique and tasteful so that it will attract more customers. When it is well maintained it gives potential clients the sense that you are going to give them the same amount of care that you put into your space.

Property Value

When your property looks beautiful, the value increases. Some studies have shown that the more landscaping a business has, the more likely it is that new business will start to flow in. When your commercial property incorporates a landscape design in the outdoor space, the surrounding businesses will do the same, not only increasing your value but the value of others around you.

Attracting Hummingbirds - Bee Balm

Health and happiness

According to Human Spaces, studies show that “offices with natural greenery saw a 15% rise in productivity” and planting flowers and trees will help to keep the employees happy. One of your main goals for landscape design is to create a peaceful and friendly environment for employees and customers.


When you dedicate to having commercial maintenance, it shows that your business cares about the environment. Well maintained landscaping helps filter dust and pollution from the air, lower temperatures and provide shade in urban areas, as well as reduce erosion into waterways.

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Beautiful Perennials For The Chicago Area

Written on June 30, 2017 at 3:48 pm | Written by Green T
beautiful perennial plants for Chicago

Perennials add color, come back year after year, require little care on your part, and can withstand the Midwestern climate.

Here is a list of some of the most beautiful perennials that will thrive in the Chicago area.


Purple Cone Flower

Blooming throughout the summer months, native Midwest Coneflowers (Echinacea Purpurea) varieties can grow from 16 inches to 4 feet tall. Strong winds and rain will not make certain types fall over. Colors are traditionally pink-purple and white, with new cultivars such as “Tomato Soup: which is red, yellow and other bright hues.

Butterfly Weed

Butterfly Weed

Orange, yellow, pink, or vermillion flowers, appearing in mid to late Summer, followed by thinner, ornamental seedpods. Very easy to grow, like weeds, but much prettier.Titled Milkweed, it attracts hummingbirds and butterflies, especially Monarchs. Asclepias Tuberosa, (butterfly weed), has the word weed in it, but don’t let that lead you astray, this flower is a great perennial for harsher climates.

Lenten Rose

Lenton Rose

Blooming through the snow, this shade lover is evergreen and tough. Helleboros Orientalis, Lenten Rose, comes in shades of purple, red, near-black, white, green and pink. When planted near the walkway, you can enjoy their beauty in March. Grows to about a foot tall, at 18 inches across.

Virginia Bluebells

Viginia Bluebells

Growing 2 feet high and wide, Bluebells easily reseed themselves, so colonies can grow large over the years. They thrive in shade, or sunny spots, and when planted behind summer bloomers, they will hide the foliage that turns brown and fades by early June. Mertensia Virginica is a Spring flower, showing pink buds that blossom into pink-purple blooms.

Hardy Geraniums

Hardy Geraniums

Flourishes in full sun with little water, and begins to flower in June. Growing to approx. 6 inches high and 14 inches wide. Geranium x Cantabrigiense have scalloped leaves with pale-pink flowers. This variety is larger than other hardy geraniums. Perfect for borders, this flower has dense foliage and apple-scented spicy perfume. Turns to a dramatic burgundy in the Autumn.

Black-Eyed Susan

Black Eyed Susan

Reaching 3 feet tall, and 2 feet wide, these no-maintenance beauties bloom in full sun. Rudbeckia Fulgida keep showing off their bright-gold color into August. The seed heads offer food for birds during the winter. Some popular varieties include “Goldstrum” and “Indian Summer”.



Low growing plantbeds can gain height from Purple Allium, with its leafless stem, and unique pom-pom shape. Turkestan Onion and Lavendar Globe Lily grow very well in shady areas, next to Hostas. They are members of the onion family, (which include chives), and are easy to grow from hardy bulbs.

Panicle Hydrangeas

Panicle Hydrangeas

Used frequently as borders, hedges, or focal point in a garden, This species can reach heights of 6-8 feet tall and wide. Tolerant to cold temperatures makes this an ideal perennial for the Midwest. Vase shape with cone shaped flowers that begin white in color, maturing to pink. H. Paniculata Hydrangeas are recommended for colder areas, making this an ideal option for the Midwest.



Produces green broccoli-like buds in midsummer, and maturing to large flower heads that start pink and age to deep rusty red in the Fall. Rich in Shape and texture, Sedums are easy to grow and do not require alot of water. A familiar plant to Midwest gardeners, the flower masses and light gray-green foliage are easily recognized. “Autumn Joy” variety is one of these, as well as “Purple Emperor”, “Vera Jameson” and “Meteor”.

Russian Sage

russian sage

This is a low-maintenance plant, as long as their is good drainage. Gardeners often use ornamental grasses and varieties of tall Sedums to coincide with Roses. Perovskia Atriplicifolia blooms late Summer into Early Autumn with a lacy gray and amethyst, reaching heights of 3-5 feet tall.



Certain varieties can grow 2-4 feet tall, with “Fireworks” growing to 3 feet in height. Solidago Rugosa is often blamed for hay fever, when in fact, the culprit is Ragweed. They bloom at the same time.The colors arrive in September, lasting through October. A brilliant gold lends a dramatic touch to your garden in late season.

Aromatic Aster

aromatic aster

One of the best choices of this species is “October Skies”. Pinching in early Summer will prevent flopping. Autumn season looks better when blooms of this variety are planted next to little Bluestem grass and Goldenrod. Fragrant Aster Oblongifolius thrives in dry clay, or rocky soil, and is native to dry upland prairies. Call 630-717-0007, and see how Green T Services can spruce up your garden, any time of the year.

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Plants That Attract Hummingbirds

Written on May 30, 2017 at 2:03 pm | Written by Green T

For those who wish to attract hummingbirds to their yard or garden, there are a variety of different trees, shrubs, vines, and both annual and perennial flowers that can be planted to encourage these tiny winged visitors. Selecting the right types of plants that attract hummingbirds and having various varieties that bloom throughout the growing season will work best.

Hummingbirds tend to be attracted to plants that are highly visible and that produce the nectar they feed upon. It is also advisable to avoid the use of pesticides on plants that hummingbirds will frequent. The birds eat the small insects on plants as a source of protein, and the pesticides may sicken or even kill these tiny birds.

Bee BalmAttracting Hummingbirds - Bee Balm

The bee balm plant is a North American native, thriving in woodland areas. Bee Balm is very attractive to bees. butterflies, and hummingbirds. The bee balm is very attractive to bees, butterflies, and humming birds. The bee balm flower has an open, daisy-like shape, with tubular petals in shades of red, pink, and purple and whites.. They are a perennial plant that will continue to attract humming birds year after year.

Related: Our Top Five Favorite Annuals

GladiolusAttracting Hummingbirds - Gladiolus

Gladiolus is a perennial favored for its beautiful, showy flowers. Its flowers grow tall spike are often found in cutting gardens or in the back along the border, because they grow so tall. Its best to plant gladiolus bulbs in the spring after the danger of frost has passed. Gladioli like well-drained, light soil and full sun. It takes about 90 days from the time gladioli are planted to root, grow, bloom and store enough energy for the next season. Gladioli grow in a variety of different colors, and are a great source of color for any garden, and with the bloom the hummingbirds will come.

HollyhocksAttracting Hummingbirds - Hollyhocks

Want to add some height to your garden? Consider including hollyhock, which blooms over a long period in summer. Depending on cultivar, its blooms come in singles and doubles in shades of lavender, pink, purple, red, salmon, apricot, white and yellow. The fast-growing hollyhock can reach up to 8 feet in height, and its blooms also attract butterflies and hummingbirds. Hollyhock is a biennial or short-lived perennial but reseeds itself readily in the garden.

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LupineAttracting Hummingbirds - Lupine

Lupines are attractive and spiky, reaching 1 to 4 feet in height and are great for adding texture to the back of any flower bed. Lupine flowers may be annual or perennial depending on which ones are purchased. Lupines bloom over a two-month period, which can range from May to July, depending on the variety and the growing zone. The dense floral spikes of a lupines grow in shades of purple, pink, red, white and yellow. The foliage resembles palm leaves, with seven to ten leaflet segments each.

DelphiniumsAttracting Hummingbirds - Delphiniums

Delphiniums are perennials grown for their showy spikes of colorful summer flowers in gorgeous shades of blue, pink, white and purple. They prefer moist, cool summers and do not fare well in hot, dry weather. The plants also dislike sudden wind or rain. Hummingbirds love delphinium, which blooms in early summer. Height for these perennials can average anywhere from 2 to 8 feet tall, depending on variety. Delphinium requires rich soil, and areas with relatively cool summers.

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Beautiful Shade-Tolerant Plants

Written on May 17, 2017 at 9:00 pm | Written by Green T

Do you have a shaded area in your yard where it seems like nothing will grow?

Will it make you feel better if we tell you are not alone with that feeling? Worry not, because today we brought you a list of plants that will grow in the shade.

Coral BellsShade-Tolerant Plants

This is a beautiful flowering plant that is actually a perennial. They grow in the shade and are know for their ease.

Apparently, they are easy to grow and require very little maintenance from that point forward.

So if you want something that could add a splash of color and come back year after year then this might be the plant you’ve always wanted.

LungwortShade-Tolerant Plants

It’s not the most attractive name for a plant but it is a very beautiful looking plant.

It actually gets its name because long ago people believed it looked like a lung and actually tried to treat lung diseases with it. However, no medicinal powers were found.

This plant is a perennial and one that will take off and run as it grows. It grows in batches so if you aren’t looking for a ground cover type plant then this might not be a good choice.

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AstilbeShade-Tolerant Plants

This perennial is a beautiful flower that loves the shade. It also brings along a special quality when planted.

So if you are a butterfly lover then this plant is for you. When you plant these flowers, they draw them in. Which is a great addition to any yard or flower garden.

Japanese Forest GrassShade-Tolerant Plants

This is an interesting plant. It is a perennial so you should only have to plant it once. But it isn’t extremely colorful by any means. However, it looks like a little pom-pom made of grass.

So if you are looking for something to add a finishing touch to a shaded area without adding a rainbow of color then this is a good option.

Related: Mosquito Repelling Plants

ColeusShade-Tolerant Plants

Coleus is what is called a tender perennial. You must use a technique called pinching in order to get them to grow bigger and stronger.

However, coleus will grow in the shade and it is very beautiful with dark, rich colors.

So if your looking for simplistic, this is the plant to you.

Creeping JennyShade-Tolerant Plants

Creeping Jenny is a perennial that will continue to come back year after year. Depending upon which zone you live in, it actually may stay green year round.

Either way, this is a ground cover so unless you pot it, it might very well take over your shady area. For some this might be a desired result.

But just keep that in mind when planting this if you aren’t sure you want it to cover your entire shaded area.

HostaShade-Tolerant Plants

We love Hostas. The reason is because they will grow just about anywhere and require basically now work.

So if you have an area that looks like it needs a little attention, place a hosta there. They are perennials and will come back larger and larger each new year.

ImpatiensShade-Tolerant Plants

Most Impatiens are grown as annuals, but they also have a perennial option as well. The kicker with these plants is that most people grow the annual kind of impatiens so they can be enjoyed during the summer. The perennial option only thrives during the winter in the United States.

So if you like beautiful mounding flowers then you’ll probably enjoy having impatience around.

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Mosquito Repelling Plants

Written on April 28, 2017 at 4:52 pm | Written by Green T
Summer is almost here, and we all are starting to enjoy our patios more and more. However, mosquitoes are already starting to be a little irritating. Did your know that is a natural way to help keep them away? There are variety of plants that you can plant in your garden that naturally repel mosquitoes. Planting and growing mosquito repellent plants provides a great opportunity to get out in the garden and plant some plants which offer a perfect mix of beauty, fragrance and insect repellent functionality. Lavendar - Mosquito Repellent


There are several ways you can use lavender to naturally repel mosquitoes. The most effective of these is to simply grind its flowers and apply to the areas of your skin where mosquitoes like to bite, such as your ankles and arms. Additionally lavender naturally repels mosquitoes by simply growing. For the best results, plant lavender around outdoor seating areas, pathways and near doorways and windows. Penny Royal - Mosquito Repellent

Penny Royal

Pennyroyal helps to repel mosquitoes, gnats, ticks and flea! If you crush pennyroyal leaves and rub them onto your skin, this acts as an effective natural mosquito repellent.Additionally, you can also crush the stems and put them in pockets, bags and hats. Pennyroyal is great in the garden, but is best utilized as a natural mosquito repellent applied to the skin. Related: Our Top Five Favorite Annuals Feverfew - Mosquito Repellent


Feverfew is great for repelling mosquitoes and other flying biting insects. It’s also great at revealing headaches and bloating. It is ideal for planting around outdoor seating areas, pathways and close to doorways and windows. To maximize the benefits, plant in conjuction with citronella grass and lavender and double up with these plants that repel mosquitoes. Cintronella - Mosquito Repellent


Cintronella grass is one of the best mosquito repellent plants and it can be planted and used in a similar way as citronella candles, to keep flying insects away. Once the plant has matured, remove several of its leaves. Using your hands, rub the leaves together to crush them and release its essential oils. Rub these oils over your body. For added relief from these bothersome pests, sprinkle crushed citronella leaves around your outdoor seating area.
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Peppermint - Mosquito Repellent


Planting peppermint along outdoor seating areas, around windows or near doorways is an effective way to naturally repel mosquitoes and other bugs. To enhance the mosquito-repelling effectiveness of peppermint, pick several mature leaves from the plant. Mince the leaves into tiny pieces and scatter across your entire outdoor sitting area. You can also try rubbing a little of the minced leaves across areas of your skin where mosquitoes like to bite. Marigolds - Mosquito Repellent


Marigolds are best used as a ‘companion plant” to help protect other plants. However, marigolds do also have some natural mosquito repellent properties, so it’s a bet of an all-rounder.Marigolds contain a chemical compound called thiopenes in the roots. This plant repels aphids, cabbage maggots, white flies and many other pests. Marigolds are particularly good at protecting tomato plants. There are many other mosquito repelling plants too, all you have to do is look!. Many of these plants are beautiful and deserve a place in your garden. The fact they also act as a natural, safe and effective mosquito and other insect repellent properties, makes adding them to your garden an easy decision.
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Our Top Five Favorite Annuals

Written on April 21, 2017 at 5:26 pm | Written by Green T

Now is the time to start thinking about what annuals you want to plant in your garden. Annuals are designated as “cool-season” or “warm-season,” based on their hardiness and ability to grow in cool soils.

Cool-season annuals grow best in the cool soils and mild temperatures of spring and fall. Most withstand fairly heavy frosts. When the weather turns hot, they set seed and deteriorate. If your live in a cold-winter area, plant these annuals in very early spring, as soon as the soil can be worked. To bloom vigorously, they must develop roots and foliage during cool weather.

Warm-season annuals grow and flower best in the warm months of late spring, summer, and early fall; they’re cold tender and may perish in a late frost if planted too early in spring. In cold-winter climates, set out warm-season annuals after the danger of frost has passed. In warm-winter areas, plant them in mid-spring.

1 Million Bells

Million bells or trailing petunia, is a tender plant that produces a mound of foliage, growing only 3 to 9 inches tall, along trailing stems and flowers in shades of violet, blue, pink, red, magenta, yellow, bronze and white. Growing these flowers are easy, they prefer to be grown in moist well drained, organically rich soil in full sun. Million Bells are also low maintenance. The soil should be kept fairly moist but not soggy especially in full sun areas as they may succumb to the intense heat of summer. Container plants require more watering.

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2 Sweet Potato Vines

A sweet potato vine is a vigorous grower that you can count on to make a big splash in your garden. It’s colorful foliage, in shades of chartreuse or purple, accents just about any other plant. Sweet potato vines do best during the warm days of summer and prefer moist, well-drained soil. They will thrive in sun or shade. Sweet potato vine can be a vigorous grower, especially old-fashioned varieties that can grow quite large. Don’t be afraid to prune or clip back the plant whenever it seems to get out of control.

3 Elephant Ears

No were not talking about food, were talking about those big leaf plants. Elephant ears can be planted in sun or shade. If your put them in a hot, sunny location, make sure they get a little shade during the middle of the day. Elephant ears are planted in spring after any danger of frost has passed. The tubers will not grow until the soil is warm, so don’t plant the tubers until the soil temperature is 65-70 degrees Fahrenheit. Elephant ears are a perfect solution for shady porches, decks and other places around your home that are not in full sun. Their huge, heart-shaped leaves add a tropical feel to pools, spas and water gardens.

Related: Flowers and Other Plants for your Garden that Resist Rabbits

4 New Guinea Impatiens

New Guinea impatiens flowers can tolerate up to half a day of sun in most parts of the country. These colorful blooms come in bright shades from lavender to orange, spanning the rainbow with a choice of bedding colors. Caring for New Guinea impatiens is no more difficult than any other flower, as long as you keep the plants well-watered throughout the hottest parts of the year. Each plant will grow into a rounded mound, and if planted 18 inches apart, they’ll grow to fill in the entire space in a matter of weeks. Keep the plants in the front of the bed 12 inches away from the edging to keep the front branches from growing onto the lawn or sidewalk.

Related: Getting the Most out of your Garden this Spring

5 Geraniums

Geraniums require moist, well-draining soil similar to that of indoor potting soil with equal amounts of soil, peat and perlite. Locate your geraniums in an area with a least six to eight hours of sunlight. Since these plants must be protected from cold, wait until the threat of frost has passed before planting. Space plants about 8 to 12 inches apart and around the same depth as their original planting pots. Mulching the plants is also recommended to help retain moisture.

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Your Standing Water Issues Solved!

Written on April 14, 2017 at 5:01 pm | Written by Green T

Keeping your lawn and landscaping in top form is always a priority that should be greatly considered. By keeping up on potential drainage issues, you can help prevent costly damages;to your home and property.

Now that it’s April, and “April showers bring May flowers” is becoming a very accurate statement this season; were getting a lot of a calls about standing water and water drainage problems.

Standing water in yards can be come unsightly as well as affect the integrity and health of your lawn. If this is the case with your lawn, installing drain tiles to help with water movement of standing water.

Drain tiles act as a drain with a subsurface piper system, the pipes then carry (what would be standing water) away from the problem area and finally to the correct drainage zone. The implementation of drain tiles can also enhance the atheistic appeal of your yard as well as finally correct your drainage issues.

Signs of a Drainage Problem

There are many important signs that you may notice or are already noticing with the copious amount we have received that your yard is having drainage problems:

    • A soggy or wet yard
    • Puddles that take a long time to evaporate
    • Basement is leaking
    • Foundation is damaged or cracked
    • Soil Erosion
    • Flooding in yard during rainstorms

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Common Drainage Solutions

A French Drain is a time proven system for diverting excess water. Specialized drain tiles are designed with perforations or holes to admit water. To prevent clogging of the pipe,gravel is often placed around the perimeter of the perforated drain pipe to give water a path to the drain tile as well as filter soil.

Benefits of a French drain is you to get to choose where you want the water to go, as long as it is at a lower level than where the water is falling. French drains can lead to downhill slope or to dry wells or rain gardens where the extra water is held and absorbed by plants. The French drain route to obtaining a dry basement is also an affordable one.

They are also commonly used behind retaining walls to relieve ground water pressure.Now you may be thinking that French drain may be an eye sore in your yard when talking about putting gravel on top. But in really it can be quite decorative. See pictures to the right.

Burrying Down Spouts

One of the best solutions out there to help save your foundation and prevent soil erosion, is burying your downspout. even better of a choice than putting a tail on your down spouts, which can tend to cause tripping hazards. When you bury your downspout, you have the ability re-purpose the water in other areas of your home, sort of like a French drain. You can direct the water to empty saving you both time and money since you will not have to run your own water.

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Spring Cleaning and New Retaining Wall in Naperville

Written on March 14, 2017 at 5:10 pm | Written by Green T
Green T Landscaping offers spring cleanup services for your lawn, including debris and leaf removal, edging, mulching, pruning and trimming.

Spring cleaning isn’t just for the inside of the home. Your home exterior and landscaping benefit from a good clean up to remove the months of debris that accumulate during the cold winter months.

You don’t have to stop with just a simple cleaning though. With our hardscaping and softscaping services, we can transform your property.

We just recently built this new bench retaining wall around the patio of a local Naperville resident.

This improved the look of their patio area while adding functional seating for outdoor cookouts this summer.

We also power washed their patio, trimmed the bushes, removed some unwanted evergreens, and laid down new mulch.

Related: Why you need a brick patio

The side of the home is looking freshened up and is ready for new plantings this spring.

Once the spring flowers are planted, the curb appeal of this home is going to be even better!

Related: Top 10 Low Maintenance Plants for Illinois Landscaping

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Will the Late Snow Kill My Flowers

Written on March 13, 2017 at 9:47 pm | Written by Green T
It’s times like these you are reminded that you live in Northern Illinois.

One weekend you are enjoying sixty degree temperatures and the next you’re worried that your flowers are going to be killed by a snowstorm.

It is the joy of midwest living.

The early warm weather sure was great, but you know you’re going to pay for it later. Once the tulips and daffodils have mature leaves and shoots, you’re excited for spring.

Then the snow comes.

How will the snow affect my flowers?

The good news is that most flowering plants are very hearty. Most of them can survive a snowstorm no problem.

The biggest danger is not actually snow but an extended cold snap after the flowers have their flowering buds.

Related: Flowers and Other Plants for Your Garden that Resist Rabbits

Tulips in the snow

Tulips can handle short cold snaps of cold and snow without much of a problem. The biggest danger to tulips is extended below freezing temperatures after the flower buds have formed.

Usually, they will survive, but when the buds are about to bloom, the flowers are at their most delicate moment. Extreme cold could harm the flower. They may cause a few browns spots on the flower or leaves.

The good news is that even if the flower is damaged, the bulbs will be fine and will come back again next year.

Daffodils in the snow

Daffodils, being one of the earliest blooming flowers, are very well adapted to cold weather.

I saw proof of this myself last year. We spent a lot of time planting bulbs in late fall and then in March we had a snowstorm as all the flowers were starting to bloom. A yard full of daffodils with snow on them.

But they survived! Daffodils my not have a real long bloom cycle but the snow did not kill them. And they all came back next year.

Hyacinths in the snow

We’ve seen freezing temperatures and snow have different results on hyacinths. Often they seem to do quite well. People have reported snow causing their hyacinths shock though, causing the flowers to wilt. Most of the time they should be okay.


Flowers on magnolia trees are unfortunately susceptible to snow and cold. If flower buds are already present, they will be threatened by the cold. If they are damaged, the flowers may not bloom and you will unfortunately, have to wait until next spring to see them.

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