For many flower lovers entering a garden center is like a kid entering a sweet shop. We are dazzled by all the colorful plants and sorely tempted to make an impulse purchase. The truth is that buying plants in this way often leads to disappointment. The only sure way to know that a plant will thrive in your garden is to check that it is suitable for your local conditions. This article by Curtis Adams which I found on the Houzz website explains how to achieve this.
It’s nearly spring, which means it’s time to think about new plants for the garden. But where do you start? And how can you determine which plants will thrive in your landscape? There are a number of sources that can help you determine which plants will work best in your garden, depending on your preferences and available resources. Once you have your site information and design goals in hand, you are ready to find the right plants for your garden. Let’s get started.Look at what’s nearby. An excellent way to find planting ideas for your yard is to look around your neighborhood and see what is already growing — or take a walk in a nearby natural area, if you’re looking to grow native plants. Friends and neighbors are growing in the same, or similar, conditions as you are, and they can tell you which plants, or combinations of plants, do well in their yards.With resources like Houzz, you can also see which plants do well in your area by looking online. Filter landscape photos by region to see which plants grow in your area. If you can’t readily get a plant ID from the designer, tap an online forum or network, or bring photos of what you like to a nursery with knowledgeable staff. They may be able to help you identify those plantings.