What's the difference between peat moss and mulch? Do butterfly bushes really attract butterflies? And what the heck's blue plumbago? If these questions have got you chewing your dirt-caked nails well into the night, a visit to Eckert's garden center will have you dreaming of zebra-grass hedges in no time. They've got a huge assortment of annuals, perennials, herbs, shrubs, hanging baskets and all the fixings (we mean gazing balls!), plus a certified nursery professional on staff to answer questions. We know it's a 25-minute drive from downtown, but the longest road often yields the sweetest peach. And being the largest pick-your-own operation in the United States, Eckert's has some tasty peaches (and apples and strawberries and blackberries). Don't forget the pumpkin patch and cut-your-own Christmas trees! Considering that Eckert's started as a roadside stand in 1910 and now has three family-owned and -operated farms (in Grafton and Millstadt as well as the Belleville flagship), who else would you trust with your landscaping needs?