With the imminent arrival of fall, I can’t wait to get to the nursery to choose plants for some empty spots in my landscape. Each year, I do an inventory or audit of my garden and look at plants that are struggling or just not adding much to my outdoor space.
|Plant nursery at The Living Desert Museum in Palm Desert, CA|
|Foxglove for sale in front of an Arizona big box store nursery. This lovely perennial is not the easiest plant to grow in the desert garden.|
1. Avoid impulse buys.
2. Smaller sizes can be better.
3. Avoid plants that have been in their containers too long.
4. Select healthy plants.
5. Select plants that are grown locally whenever possible.
The signs that fall is approaching are sometimes so subtle that it is easy to miss them. But, they are there just the same.
You may notice the lengthening shadows on your way home from work, signaling shorter days. Or maybe you’ve noticed that you aren’t rushing indoors as quickly as you did earlier this summer.
Research plants before buying.
1. Know how large your plant will grow at maturity.
|Newly planted ficus tree|
|Mature ficus tree.|
2. Know what exposure the plant does best in.
|What a plant that does best in filtered shade looks like when planted in full sun.|
3. What type of maintenance will your plant require?
|Fuss-free Eremophila ‘Summertime Blue’|