How to Choose Plants That Will Last

Posted on May 18, 2017 6:00:00 AM by Stephanie Morgan

How to Choose Plants That Will Last | The Experienced GardenerGetting new plants for your flowerbeds and yard is a fun project that can add a lot to the aesthetics. But, it is a project that can also drain your wallet if you do not pay attention. That is why it is essential to be intentional in your plant choice. If you choose plants carefully you can fill your flower bed with beautiful options that stand the test of time.

Start with perennial and evergreen plant varieties

If you are searching for plants that look good all year long then evergreen plants are a great option. Pine trees are a commonly known evergreen plant but there are many other options. There are several shrub varieties that keep some type of color year round and many also bloom in certain seasons. You can use these to add definition to your flowerbeds and keep it looking good in all seasons. Another option for lasting plants is perennials. These are plants that die back at a certain point during the year but grow back the next season that conditions are right. There are many types of perennials that will provide you with beautiful blooms year after year.

Stick with local plant varieties

Local plant varieties will typically last longer than more exotic plants. This is simply because local plants are accustomed to the climate in your area. The amount of rain, temperatures, and sunlight are all a part of the climate that can impact which plants will naturally last longer in your area. You can often get more exotic plants to survive but they require much more attention from you. For example, you may have to water them much more frequently than plants that are used to the local climate.  

Pay attention to timing

Timing matters when it comes to planting items in your garden or flowerbed. For example, if you live in Minnesota the middle of winter is not the time to start a vegetable garden in your backyard! The way to determine the optimum timing for the plants you are considering is to look at the plant hardiness zone map. This map breaks the country down into zones based on a number of factors that can impact a plant’s ability to survive and thrive. You can use it to determine what time of year gives your plants the best chance of lasting long term.

It is absolutely possible to find plants for your garden that will last for more than a few weeks. But in order to do this you have to look at more than just the aesthetics. Going to a nursery and picking plants solely on looks could leave you disappointed. Dig a little deeper into the needs of the plants you are considering so you can make sure that you can meet those needs and last for as long as possible.

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