In Response to Re: First crocus:
I am in the process of planning on planting in this "new" yard of mine. I have what looks like a 5 to 10 year plan. But I want to get it all done! Problem is the trees are pretty expensive and I need several. The Tree Peonies and Hydrangeas I planted in the fall are looking good I noticed some healthy buds. I am also looking to plant some vines along 2 fences I have. I want vines that will attract hummingbirds and butterflies. So my plan is Trumpet Vine and Clematis along with some Climbing Hydrangeas. I also need bushes I figured a Bottle Brush Buckeye an American Hazelnut at least I can use them in baking and I am thinking Spicebush. I will be on the look out for plants this year many times I find great deals at the end of the season so some of these may not get planted until the fall. If any of you have had any of these plants let me know how well they do. I am in the Northern area of Illinois. Zone 5.
Posted by nikki p
Nikki, I don't have most of what you're planning on except the clematis. Ours has done very well and has come back every year for about 20 years now. Lilac bushes also seem to do very well here in northern Illinois(we have 5 of them). If you have a lot of squirrels around your new home you may have to cover the hazelnut bush with fine netting to keep the rodents from stealing them all. Sure wish I could do that with my fruit trees lol. Great idea to buy at the end of the summer since that's the best time to get some great deals.