Get it right in your yard this season by using these rules to grow by.
At the nursery: Buy the best
Look for plants that have healthy foliage and no roots creeping out of the nursery container's bottom drain holes (which means they're probably rootbound).
Small is smarter
When you have a choice, buy little plants (in 4-inch nursery pots); they're less expensive (usually under $5), easier to handle, and will catch up to the larger ones with winter rains. Smaller plants are your best bet if you need multiples to fill out a bed. Gallon-size plants, on the other hand, start around $10 each but can provide instant effects.
Check plant tags
Find out how big the plants will grow, and whether they need sun or shade. Then choose plants that will thrive in the spot you have in mind for them. "Full sun," for example, means you should plant in a spot that gets at least six hours of sun a day.
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