University of Illinois Extension Hort Corner
Visit the University of Illinois Extension's Hort Corner Web site for all sorts of gardening information, tips, and fun facts. For example, Stepping Stones to Perennial Garden Design provides an in-depth, step-by-step approach to garden design. There's also a section on pests and problems.
Trees for the Small Garden
If you're considering adding trees to your landscape, take the time now to research the best species for your conditions and needs. That said, looking through reference books on trees with the hopes of narrowing down your choices can be a frustrating experience because there are so many trees. You need to wade through the unsuitable ones, or get your heart set on a species only to find that it's impossible to find at a nursery. Fortunately, there's a book to help you out. Trees for the Small Garden, by Smon Toomer (Timber Press, 2005) lists just 100 trees, selected as the best for small landscapes (most grow to a height of 30 feet or less). You'll find photos, descriptions of the plants through the seasons, and cross references by attributes. Best of all, the trees are relatively common and are usually available for purchase.