Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Research Plants before Buying Them for Your Landscape

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Research Plants before Buying Them for Your Landscape

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We buy new plants because we fall in love with them. Every time you visit the garden center, your oxytocin starts flowing and you want all those beautiful flowers for your yard. But love is blind, and our judgment becomes skewed by all that passion and beauty. The plants come home with us to live yet they die. We cry, then the compost heap is fed yet again.

Designers think deeply and on different levels about each plant before including it on the plan. They visualize it in the space at maturity. They draw it that way too as a failsafe to ensure they've matched the right dimensions to the space provided.

Here are some of those details to help you verify any new plants for this year's garden improvements. You'll find this info on the plant label or if not, look it up online by botanical name to find the answers to these questions:

- Will it survive the winter? …

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