Plant Selection

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Title / Author Tags Date
Learning to Grow: Ferns a resilient pick for shady areas in gardens
Sarah Marcheschi, Shaw Media
Plant Selection, Shade Gardening 6/8/21
10 Perennials That Bloom the Longest
Family Handyman
Plant Recommendations, Plant Selection 6/4/21
Use the ‘Early, Middle, Late’ Approach to Have Blooming Flowers All Season
Elizabeth Yuko, Life Hacker
Plant Selection 5/25/21
11 Shade-Loving Plants for Containers
Audrey Stallsmith, Bob Vila
Container Gardening, Plant Recommendations, Plant Selection, Shade Gardening 5/18/21
Picking the right tree or shrub for your garden can be tricky. Here are tips to keep in mind.
Beth Botts, Chicago Tribune
Plant Selection, Shrubs, Trees 4/18/21
What to Plant Together for a Picture-Perfect Flower Garden All Year Long
Andrea Beck, Better Homes & Gardens
Landscape Design, Plant Selection 3/26/21
21 Beautiful Flowering Plants for Wet, Soggy Spots in Your Garden
Andrea Beck, Better Homes & Gardens
Plant Recommendations, Plant Selection, Rain Gardens 3/9/21
Colorful Plants for Partial Shade (Requires subscription?)
Mary Gore, Fine Gardening
Plant Recommendations, Plant Selection 3/1/21
Plan Your Prettiest Garden Yet with this Guide to Perennial Flowers by Season
Deb Wiley, Better Homes & Gardens
Landscape Design, Perennials, Plant Selection 2/26/21
The best cut flowers to grow in the garden
Caroline Beck, Gardens Illustrated
Plant Selection 1/24/21
The Best Bulbs to Plant in Fall to Help Pollinators Come Springtime
Andrea Beck, Better Homes & Gardens
Bulbs, Plant Selection, Pollinators 8/20/20
The 15 Most Underused Perennials You Should Add to Your Garden
Better Homes & Gardens
Plant Selection 8/13/20
How to Grow Your Own Birdseed
Caroline Biggs, Martha Stewart Living
Birds, Plant Selection 8/11/20
How to Choose the Right Type of Hydrangea for Your Garden
Caroline Biggs, Martha Stewart Living
Plant Selection 7/23/20
Dark-leaved Plants Add Depth to the Garden
Caleb Melchior, Horticulture Magazine
Plant Selection 7/22/20
18 Deer- and Rabbit-Resistant Plants for Your Container Garden
Sheryl Geerts, Better Homes & Gardens
Container Gardening, Plant Selection 7/22/20
It isn't Summer without Hydrangeas
Margaret Roach, New York Times
Plant Selection, Summer Gardening 7/1/20
30 Gorgeous Flowers for the Perfect Fall Garden
Caroline Picard, Monique Valeris, Good Housekeeping
Fall Gardening, Plant Selection 6/23/20
2020's New & Improved Flowers: A Gardener's A-to-Z Guide (Requires subscription?)
Michelle Slatalla, Wall Street Journal
Plant Selection 4/25/20
12 Gorgeous Annuals That Thrive in the Shade
Better Homes & Gardens
Annuals, Plant Selection, Shade Gardening 3/2/20
9 Plants with Colorful Leaves That Can Outshine Flowers
Better Homes & Gardens
Plant Selection 2/25/20
14 Great Shrubs and Vines for Fall Color
David Baeulieu, The Spruce
Fall Gardening, Plant Selection 10/18/19
The best trees for autumn colour
Gardens Illustrated
Fall Gardening, Plant Selection, Trees 8/26/19
The Best 15 Woody Shrubs for Fall Color
Gretchen Heber, Gardener's Path
Fall Gardening, Plant Selection 8/19/19
Problem-Solving Perennials for Tough Gardens
Better Homes & Gardens
Perennials, Plant Selection 7/3/19
Problem-solving Plants for Sun and Shade
Meghan Shinn, Horticulture Magazine
Plant Selection 6/1/19
Ornamental Grasses for Shade Gardens
Meghan Shinn, Horticulture Magazine
Grasses, Plant Selection, Shade Gardening 11/22/18
Pet Friendly Houseplants
My Garden Life
Plant Selection 8/20/18
Tips For Selecting Vining Plants
Jennifer Smith, Horticulture Magazine
Plant Selection, Vines & Climbers 8/24/15
23 Top Ornamental Grasses
Better Homes & Gardens
Grasses, Plant Selection
Native Plants for Shady Raingardens
University of Wisconsin Extension
Plant Selection, Rain Gardens, Shade Gardening
Plants for Rain Gardens
Penn State Extension
Plant Selection, Rain Gardens
What does full sun or part shade mean?
Proven Winners
Plant Selection
Zoning in on Hardiness
Proven Winners
Plant Selection
Hardiness Zones 101: What All Home Gardeners Need to Know
Glenda Taylor, Bob Vila
Plant Selection
10 Rain Garden Plants That Can Help Reduce Runoff
Audrey Stallsmith, Bob Vila
Plant Selection, Rain Gardens

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Field-Grown vs. Greenhouse-Grown Plants

Plants which are well-adapted to our local climate are most often field-grown (outside). Field-grown plants are generally cheaper and have the advantage of already somewhat acclimated to our cold winters, but that means they’re not artificially far along in the spring and tend to bloom at the normal time in our area.

Spring annuals and tender perennials are typically grown in Greenhouses so they can be ready and luxurious exactly when customers want them. Some perennials are also “forced” into early bloom in greenhouses. In May, there can be a very big difference between field-grown and greenhouse-grown plants of the same type. The latter typically look good right away (so they’re a great choice where that’s important), but we typically pay a premium for it.

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