Fall is a great time to finish up some projects, plant some fall color and start to plan for spring. I like to clean up my beds this time of the year and add some fall color and get ready for spring while the weather is cooler. This is also a good time while my ideas are fresh in my mind on what I want to change or add next year. I like to get started with a good foundation of topsoil with organic compost. When you clean up your beds it is a good time to add some fresh soil so your plants will get off to a great start next season.
Next we need to think about the plants that we want to use and how to select them. It can be intimidating at times selecting plants and trying to find information on what will work and be successful in your area. We have created a way for you to find plants and take away some of this frustration. Handpicked for You® Plants are an easy way to find plants that have been used in your area and are considered tried and true selections for many years. This certification is awarded to plants that demonstrate superior performance during both regional grower trials along with feedback from local garden centers on how the plants performed in their unique geographic area. The goal of Handpicked for You® plants is to help to make you more successful in creating your peaceful garden space.
The question that always comes up is what’s new? We have developed a community of breeders and hybridizers to introduce new plants each year. The plants are always evaluated with a criteria designed to consider their overall suitability for today’s yards with factors such as their: multi-season interest, native origins, maintenance requirements, water needs, deer resistance and pollinator friendliness. This gives you the confidence that we have done the work to give you the best chance for success while being friendly to our environment.