The Right Spot
Each kind of plant has its own preference for variations of sunlight or shade, too. This information is included on the plant tag. Exposure describes the time of day in which sun contacts the plant. This exposure can change throughout the day, so you may want to check the area three times: morning, noon and evening to understand its overall exposure. These are general guidelines for planting each of the four exposures:
- Northern exposure rarely receives direct sunlight and is ideal for shade-loving plants.
- Southern exposure receives sun all day long and is the most ideal exposure for flowering plants.
- Eastern exposure experiences morning sun while temperatures are still cool and damp.
- Western exposure receives the hot afternoon sun. - a spot ideal for full sun, and heat resistant plants.
The Right Plant
When choosing fruit at the supermarket, you inspect it for bruises and rotting. When you buy plants, be equally as choosy, because full, healthy plants make your garden look its best. Look closely at each plant; pick it up to inspect its stem or trunk, branches, foliage, pot and soil.
The three most important inspection points:
- Select a well-proportioned plant. The size of the plant and the container should be balanced. Avoid very large plants in small containers because these usually have unhealthy roots.
- Select one with the most perfect shape. This is particularly true of symmetrical evergreens and topiary shrubs that depend on their geometric perfection.
- Select a plant with healthy foliage. Healthy plants bear brightly colored leaves. Avoid any that are losing leaves, or with many turning yellow, brown or an unusually contrasting color.