Buying Annuals, Trees, and Landscape Plants
Magnolia trees are very popular due
to their delicate spring blossoms.
Landscape plants that have been dug from the nursery and have had their root ball wrapped in fabric are referred to as "balled and burlapped" (B&B). Purchase B&B plants only during spring and fall -- their root systems are most actively growing at those times and are able to overcome the shock of disturbance. Pick plants that appear to have been freshly dug. A loose ball of roots indicates damage -- choose another specimen. Choose trees carefully. By the time they are big enough to purchase, their trunk shape and branching habit have been determined. If there is a problem, it may not be correctable.
Annuals are some of the most popular and decorative plants in the summer garden. On the next page, you'll find some great tips for selecting quality annuals that will endure and grow well in your garden.
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