Landscaping For Dummies, 2nd Edition
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Landscape plants can be expensive — they're an investment for your home. So, when you buy plants for your yard, seek healthy plants that fit your landscaping needs, beautify your property, and grow well in your area’s climate. These tips will help you get the right landscaping trees, flowers, and shrubs:

  • Plan your landscape on paper before you set out to purchase plants — you’ll know exactly how much to buy.

  • Establish a budget before you arrive at the nursery.

  • Choose plants suited to the amount of sun, partial shade, or shade in your garden.

  • Avoid plants that don’t grow well in your zone.

  • Buy plants that, when mature, are the right height, shape, and color for the scale of your landscape.

  • Choose plants that are compact, healthy, and (if applicable) just starting to flower. Avoid weak, spindly, or insect-infested plants.

  • Avoid buying plants that are rootbound or have outgrown their pots.

  • Note any special conditions before purchasing plants — soil requirements, watering needs, invasiveness, smells, and messiness (especially with berries).

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The National Gardening Association offers plant-based education in schools, communities, and backyards across the United States, through the award-winning websites garden.org and kidsgardening.org. Teri Dunn Chace is a writer and editor with more than 35 titles in publication, and a long and distinguished career in horticulture and natural history. Phillip Giroux owns a landscape design firm. Bob Beckstrom is a home improvement expert and veteran author. Lance Walheim, former staff garden writer for Sunset magazine, is the nationally recognized author of more than 30 widely read garden books, including The Natural Rose Gardener.

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