One of the best piece of gardening recommendation I ever acquired was: “Select vegetation to your panorama as should you had been selecting furnishings for your home.” That prompts the questions: Do I want it? Do I’ve room for it? How am I going to make use of it?
It’s undeniably tempting to buy now, and ask questions later. Sadly, a majority of plant issues in dwelling landscapes are a results of improper plant, improper place. That’s okay if we’re practising “trowel and error” or engaged on turning our brown thumbs inexperienced, nevertheless it’s not okay if merchandise are over and unnecessarily utilized consequently.
So how will we steadiness our spring fevers with greatest administration? Earlier than buying and putting in panorama vegetation, take into account this:
In what Zone does the plant develop greatest? Most commercially bought panorama vegetation are tagged with vital options like hardiness zones. This offers growers an thought of what local weather is greatest suited to the plant. Northeast North Carolina falls into Zone 8 — verify the plant tag to make sure a match.
Do I’ve the correct place for this plant? Not solely ought to gardeners match area necessities, however solar and moisture wants as nicely. It appears apparent, however match solar loving vegetation with full solar areas, and put shade loving vegetation within the shade. Though a plant could not die because of being planted within the improper place, it would wrestle with issues and poor efficiency.
Is that this plant a sensible choice? When you’ve made a match on website necessities, take into consideration efficiency. Some vegetation provide distinctive traits however are infamous for issues. Perceive the plant’s options and resolve if it’s a match to your wants. Keep in mind that if a plant appears too good to be true, it often is. To assist with choice, go to the NC State Extension Plant Toolbox at plants.ces.ncsu.edu .
For info on plant choice, name the Ask A Grasp Gardener Helpline at 252-482-6585.
Katy Shook is Space Horticulture Agent.