I drive around town a lot and I see amazing mistakes that homeowners make when they buy plants.
If I had a dollar for everytime I saw the wrong plant being placed in the wrong spot I would be a wealthy woman.
I can’t even count the number of times I’ve wanted to pull over and leave a little anonymous message that says something like: “Hi, I’m a landscaper and I know a lot about plants, please don’t take this as prying into your private world, but I just want to let you know that the innocent looking agave you just bought is going to eat your front yard and send out a lot of babies. Please return it and consider these other options…….”
Because I’m so shy and don’t want to come off as a busy body, I don’t but that got me thinking…… What if I could arrange a nursery or Home Depot’s garden and air duct cleaning Houston section and home window side of the house according to the following criteria with the most important criteria listed first:
1. What does the plant do?
How big does it get? How fast will it grow? Are there any hazzards I should know about that the root system could cause?
2.What does the plant like?
If I need to use this plant in my garden as a consistant backdrop, will it do equally well in both sun, shade and part shade?
3. What are the plants needs?
Does this plant need to be deadheaded all the time in order to look good? Does this plant need to be fertilized often to maintain its color? Can this plant be cut to shape or does it not like that?
4. Get it done quickly section
I need to make my neighbors go away, what plant should I buy that will do the job fast?
So that’s my two cents…. I will say honestly before you buy anything, just ask what it’s going to do? What is its growth habit? How fast does it grow? Is it deeply rooted or shallow rooted?