What to Plant; That is the Question!

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What to Plant; That is the Question!

All too often, I buy a plant on impulse at the garden center, thinking I can’t live without it.

Not once do I give any thought at the moment as to where it will live in the landscape. Fortunately for me, over the years, I’ve learned a thing or two about what grows best where. So at least it narrows down my choices once I get around to finally getting it in the ground.

Unfortunately, for many, very little thought is given in advance as to what plants to purchase to fill a particular spot. When it comes to impulse buying, gardeners may be at the top of the list for quick decisions. At least that’s true for myself, but I know I’m not alone here. Sadly, many of these plants don’t have a chance to thrive in the landscape because they are planted in the wrong location to meet their ideal growing conditions.

If ever there were a mantra all gardeners should adopt, it should be: put the right plant in the right place. At the very least, even when we buy on impulse, looking at the tag that came with the plant would go a long way to insuring its success once planted. But more often, that tag gets discarded before ever being read. Consequently, we plant wherever there’s space, and often times, it’s the wrong place!

My answer to making sure our garden plants look their best is to do one of two things: first, plan ahead. Do your homework to determine where you’d like to have plants and then do a little homework to determine what plants are best suited for that location and buy accordingly. Second, for those impulse buyers of the world, assuming the plant is already home, please read the tag and find the right home for it in the ground.

So yes, the question is what to plant, assuming you do your homework first; simply buy appropriate plants for the location you are looking to fill. Otherwise, the question is where to plant for the ones you already have. Either way, you’ll have a healthier, happier plant, and you’ll end up saving a lot of time and trouble in the long run.