[ad] Empty ad slot (#6)!

shrub

Your First Garden: What You Need to Know Before You Plant a Tree or Shrub

“When selecting a planting site, consider the plant’s needs. Determine its soil and light requirements. If it grows best in full sun and a well-drained soil, don’t plant it in a shady, poorly draining site. Consider its growth habit; place the shrub in a location where it can grow tall and wide without the interference of overhead power lines or nearby plants, walls, buildings or other structures.”

Magnolia ‘Iolanthe’ has big blooms on a young tree. Photograph by Heather Edwards for Gardenista, from Flowering Magnolias: 7 Favorite Trees to Plant.

We have a beautiful dogwood in our front yard. Like the other few plants on our property that are actually thriving, this tree was here long before we arrived—and long before I started gardening (or what I like to call, killing plants with my good intentions). Trouble is, an arborist recently told me that our dogwood, which grows sweet white flowers in the spring and turns a gorgeous orangey maroon in the fall, doesn’t have many years left. He suggested I start growing a new tree near the dying dogwood so that when it finally putters out, there will already be a new one taking root to replace it…

Read more: https://www.gardenista.com/posts/first-garden-how-to-plant-tree-shrub/