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Native Plants Available at Avant’s Summer Plant Sale

Native Plants in the Landscape

More gardeners are becoming aware of the benefits of using native plants in their landscape. In addition to providing a nurturing and healthy ecosystem for birds, insects and other wildlife, it helps eliminates the need for pesticides, fertilizes, excessive watering, as well as use of air polluting landscape maintenance equipment.


Earlier this week our team was given a private tour of the UW Arboretum’s Native Plant Gardens, we were so impressed by the diversity and interconnected ecosystems on display.

If you’re interested in “going native” here is a partial list of great plants. Any with an asterisk* will be available for purchase during our SUMMER PLANT SALE! Saturday, June 25th from 9AM – 4PM!  

CLICK HERE to download and print your $5 OFF coupon! 🙂 Anyone who visits our nursery will also receive a FREE native prairie seed packet! 

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Perennials and Grasses:

*White Baneberry (Actaea pachypoda)

*Lead Plant (Amorpha canescens)

*Swamp Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata)

*Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa)

*False Indigio (Baptisia australis)

*Common Lady Fern (Athyrium filix-femina)

*Pennsylvania Sedge (Carex pensylvanica)

*Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea)

*Rattlesnake Master (Eryngium yuccifolium)

*Joe Pye Weed (Eupatorium)

Cranesbill/Wild Geranium (Geranium maculatum)

*Avens/Prairie Smoke (Geum triflorum)

Woodland Sunflower (Helianthus strumosus)

*Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis)

*Beebalm (Monarda fistulosa)

Common Evening Primrose (Oenothera biennis)

*Switchgrass (Panicum virgatum)

*Christmas Fern (Polystichum acrostichoides)

*Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia spp.)

*Little Bluestem Grass (Schizachyrium scoparium)

*Showy Goldenrod (Solidago speciosa)

*Culver’s Root (Veronicastrum virginicum)


Trees & Shrubs: *We have the ability to order any native trees or shrubs that you’re interested in, just ask one of our nurserymen 🙂

River Birch (Betula nigra)

American Hornbeam or Musclewood (Carpinus caroliniana)

*Red Twig Dogwood (Cornus sericea)

Kentucky Coffee Tree (Gymnocladus dioicus)

Witch Hazel (Hamamelis virginiana)

Creeping Juniper (Juniperus horizontalis)

*Ninebark (Physocarpus opulifolius)

Arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis)

Celebrate Dane Buy Local’s Independents Week!

From June 24 – July 4, Dane Buy Local is participating in the annual Independents Week campaign. Independents Week is a national buy local campaign that engages local businesses and citizens in celebrating the unique entrepreneurial spirit and freedoms that our independent businesses embody. Avant Gardening & Landscaping will be participating by hosting a…

SUMMER PLANT SALE! Saturday, June 25th from 9AM – 4PM
CLICK HERE to download and print your $5 OFF coupon! 🙂

20160214_125114We have high quality and unique plants available, many of which are grown in our propagation beds. A large diversity of Perennials, Trees, Shrubs & Evergreens are all available!

Anyone who visits our nursery will also receive a FREE native prairie seed packet!
Coverage ~100 sq. ft. Full Sun. Medium-Dry Soils.

Below are a few of the nice looking plants we have available for purchase – they look excellent in our nursery right now! Come see for yourself next weekend!

Diervilla sessifolia ‘LPDC Podaras’ (Cool Splash Dwarf Bush Honeysuckle)

This compact, deciduous shrub brightens up shady landscapes with its variegated foliage. Summer clusters of fragrant, trumpet-shaped yellow blooms often attract butterflies and hummingbirds to your garden.


OKAY so it’s not quite a bloom… BUT our Hostas look amazing again this year!

Tried and True! Hostas are still a staple in our landscapes because of their durability and interesting leaf patterns. They make a great groundcover planting and can add interest to those shady settings – mix together lime green and big blues for some excellent contrast. We have so many cultivars available, including: Blue Mouse Ears, Abiqua Drinking Gourd, Blue Ivory, Grand Tiara, Halycon and more!


Philadelphus ‘Snow White’ (Dwarf Mockorange)

Such an old-fashioned favorite shrub, it’s snow white blooms have the sweetest fragrance this time of year. This medium sized shrub would be a great addition near your patio, the 2” double-flower clusters bloom in spring and then again in summer. 


Avant Gardening’s Asparagus Risotto with Mushrooms

Sick of asparagus yet?! Looking for a great recipe to use up the last of your last harvest?

This Asparagus & Mushroom Risotto is the best comfort food ever! It takes some patience to make, but really isn’t that difficult! Experiment with this recipe if you’re looking for something new to try in the kitchen.

This recipe is slightly modified from one that was provided during a local cooking class. One of our landscape designers learned how to make risotto at Bekah Kate’s in Baraboo, WI! If you’re up that direction, stop in! They have excellent class options and a fun, laid-back atmosphere. For more information, visit: Cooking Classes at Bekah Kate’s



  • 1 bunch of asparagus
  • 10 oz. mushrooms
  • 1 cup peas
  • 4 cups (maybe more) low-salt chicken stock
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1-2 tablespoons butter (depending on amount of veggies)
  • 1 small yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 cups Arborio rice
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary or sage
  • 1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • Fresh rosemary sprigs (optional)


Snap off tough ends from asparagus; discard. Cut off asparagus tips and reserve. Cut stalks into 3/4-inch-long pieces. Add olive oil to large saucepan over medium heat, add asparagus stalks, mushrooms and peas. Sauté until tender and lightly browned (add more butter if necessary). Remove from pan and set aside.

Melt a tablespoon of butter, add onion and sauté until tender, about 3 minutes. Add rice and stir 1 minute so that rice is covered with butter/oil. Add wine and cook until absorbed, stirring constantly, about 2 minutes. Add 1/2 cup broth and chopped rosemary or sage; simmer until liquid is absorbed, stirring often, about 4 minutes. Continue to cook for 15 minutes, adding more broth one ladle at a time, allowing the liquid to be absorbed before adding more, stirring often.

Add reserved asparagus tips and vegetables that were set aside earlier. Continue cooking until rice is just tender and mixture is creamy, adding broth as needed and stirring often, about 5-10 minutes longer. Stir in 1/2 cup Parmesan and cream. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Transfer risotto to bowl. Garnish with more parmesan cheese and rosemary sprigs, if desired.

Dig in! YUM!

Your June Garden Checklist from Avant Gardening & Landscaping

“In June, as many as a dozen species may burst their buds on a single day. No man can heed all of these anniversaries; no man can ignore all of them.” – Aldo Leopold

Summer is finally here! Take advantage of every minute outside in the beautiful weather! Hopefully this list will keep you on pace with your garden chores, amidst the craziness that summertime brings. Do you have any graduation parties, garden tours, or wedding shenanigans planned this year?


1. Entertain Friends – Not Mosquitoes!

Consider planting natural mosquito-repelling plants and annuals around your outdoor living spaces where you will hang out the most. Some of these plants include: catmint (nepeta), lemon beebalm (monarda), ageratum, marigolds, scented geraniums. Many herbs: basil, lemon grass, lavender, rosemary, lemon mint. Also, minimize the amount of stagnant water you may have in empty pots, plant saucers, puddles, etc. Change birdbath water twice a week to keep it fresh for the birds and minimize larvae growth.

2. Enjoy June Blooms

Gardens should be bursting into bloom this time of year. If they aren’t planted in your garden already, some of our favorite June bloomers include: Globemaster Ornamental Onion (Allium giganteum ‘Globemaster’), Goat’s Beard (Aruncus dioicus), Bartzella Itoh Peony (Paeonia x ‘Bartzella’), Perennial Sages (Salvia ‘Eveline’ or ‘May Night’), Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa), Sienna Sunset Tickseed (Coreopsis ‘Sienna Sunset’). If you have a few bare spots in your garden, try a new annual variety that catches your eye! We particularly love Angelonia, Nicotiana & Gomphrena. Or go bold and tropical with Bananas or Phormiums!

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3. Install Some Edible Landscaping

There are many trees, shrubs and perennials that are typically used in landscaping for their ornamental qualities which are also enjoyable to eat! Juneberry or Serviceberry (Amelanchier x grandiflora) is a hidden gem of any landscape – the berries have a similar shape and taste to blueberries and are delicious fresh, in jams and jellies, or baked into pies, crisps, muffins, basically anywhere you would typically reach for the blueberries.

4. Keep an Eye Out for Pests & Diseases

Catching something quick can mean the difference between a completely defoliated plant and perfect blooms. What you have growing in your garden will likely determine the type of pests you will encounter.

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UW Plant Disease Diagonstic Clinic

UW Insect Diagnostic Lab