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Private plant sales are great! I've also gotten some beautiful, hard to find varietals at Botanical garden and arboretum sales. Not super cheaply, mind you, but more cheaply than having them ordered and the proceeds go to a good cause.


Plant Shopping 101: How To Buy the Best Plants for Your Garden The Gardenist
5/7/14 04:51 PM

Thanks, Rochelle, this is all really great advice! I'd like to add, and maybe this is a little bit obvious and falls under "there are no dumb questions--ask an expert" category, but every gardener should really know their climate zone, especially if they're prone to impulse buying. I was just at a big box garden center, and I saw a lot of tags claiming that certain plants can live in Zones 4-8, but they'd probably only really thrive in 7. For example, a beautiful fruit bearing tree might produce well in a Zone 7, but barely come to leaf in a Zone 6. Or something that's supposedly a perennial in an 8 will only last one summer in a cooler zone. Conversely, something like an ornamental bamboo can be easy to maintain in 6, but can turn into a invasive, whole garden swallower in Zone 7.
And, if there is a plant that you absolutely love, but it doesn't quite work in your climate, consider whether you could keep it in a container and if you have a place you can shelter it during the winter--you can maybe even take it with you the next time you move.


Plant Shopping 101: How To Buy the Best Plants for Your Garden The Gardenist
5/7/14 04:44 PM