Top Garden Picks For 2018

For those with a green thumb or aspiring to have one, the coming of spring awakens a winter of garden dreams. For months we have plotted plans, pored over catalogs, magazines and Pinterest boards, coveting new plant and flower additions for 2018.     

We are often asked which are our favorite plants for the garden. The truth is, there is no simple answer because plant choices are so often driven by conditions – factors of space, light, soil, purpose or preference.

However, there are some common features that every gardener can appreciate: color, fragrance, cutting, interest, bloom longevity and full season interest.  

Here are our Top Garden Picks for 2018 with a dozen stunners that share these attributes for best value and to provide pleasure to the senses throughout the entire season:  

Get Ready To Garden!

Whether you are planting a garden for the first time or adding to your collection, the pros at Studley’s are ready to assist. Even if the items shown in our Top Garden Picks aren’t quite a fit, our Garden Center is filled with hundreds of varieties to choose from and we can make recommendations for substitutions that are equally beneficial.

Use our New Plant Finder Tool to make a Wish List of the plants that strike your fancy, make a mental note about the soil, amount of sun and space you have to work in and come see us. We’ll help you choose the right plants, shrubs or trees that are suitable to your needs!

If time is short or gardening just isn’t for you, you can still have a beautiful property that is the envy of the neighborhood. Studley’s Landscaping Services offers residential and commercial property owners everything from design and installation of gardens, irrigation systems, and hardscapes to year-round maintenance. Call to book your free consultation today.

My Pro Tip

If you are a new homeowner or trying gardening for the first time, there are a few basics to consider.

Annual plants are not winter hardy for our New England climates but are the best seasonal choice for maximum blooms and color. These can be planted any time after the final frost (Memorial Day is weekend is a safe bet!) in beds, alongside perennials or in containers for pops of color from spring to late summer.

Perennials are plants that will come back each year with proper care and make for good long-term investment. Most can be planted as soon as the ground thaws enough to dig and will tolerate late-season drops in temperature. Bloom times and length can vary. They reward us year after year by spreading at the roots to come back the following season fuller and with more blooms. Some can and should be divided to control growth and the nice thing is you can relocate your divided plants to stretch your gardening budget or share with a friend each year.

Bulbs, Trees & Shrubs all offer distinctive seasonal interest and depending on variety most can be planted in the spring after the ground thaws, but do ask us as some are the most ideal for fall planting.   

See you at Studley’s!

written by Jeffrey Meulenbroek