Plant This, Not That
Is your garden in the grip of aggressive invasives? Are you enslaved to fussy dahlias? Do your hydrangea bloom begrudgingly? If you, gentle gardener, have ever thought to yourself, “There’s got to be a better way,” take heart. There is. Just ask Troy Marden.
Marden’s new book “Plant This Instead: The Best Plant Choices for Today’s Gardens,” and the topic of his presentation at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Winter Symposium and CVNLA Short Course offers gardeners a side-by-side comparison of our sometimes unfortunate plant choices and his suggestions for more viable alternatives.
“Plant the right plant in the right place,” is Marden’s mantra. The well-known plantsman, garden designer and author encourages gardeners to select plants that look similar to troublesome specimens but have a better chance of performing. He recommends selecting plants with a natural resistance to pests and diseases. Choose natives that are adapted to local conditions. Factor in zone hardiness, light requirements, size and soil preferences before you plant. And be sure to plant non-invasive species.
Here is just a glimpse of Marden’s advice:
To read about all 75 of Marden’s recommendations, borrow a copy of “Plant This Instead: The Best Plant Choices for Today’s Gardens” from the Lora Robins Library at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. Or, if you want to add a copy to our own collection, the book is for sale in the Garden Shop. Either way, you’ll be ready to buy just the right thing at Spring PlantFest (May 6-7) during Mother’s Day weekend.
Photos courtesy of Troy Marden.