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New Year- New Garden

As we usher in the new year, it’s the perfect time to set fresh goals and embark on exciting adventures, especially in our beloved gardens. For the gardening enthusiasts in the Triad, situated in the Zone 7 region, Mitchell’s Nursery welcomes you to embrace 2024 with a green thumb. Let’s explore some delightful New Year’s resolutions that will not only make your garden thrive but also bring joy and satisfaction to your gardening journey.

1. Planting for Year-Round Interest: One of the resolutions topping our list is to have something blooming throughout the year. Here are some ideas for what to plant for a more interesting garden no matter the month:

    • Winter: Hellebores, Pansies, Red and Yellow Twig Dogwoods, Paper bush, Coral Bark Japanese Maple, Birch Trees
    • Spring: Pansies, Azaleas, Phlox, Cold Hardy Vegetables, Flowering Dogwoods, Flowering Cherry Trees, Redbuds
    • Summer: Magnolias, Daisies, Herbs, Vegetables, Berries, Lantana, Begonias, Petunias
    • Fall: Apple Trees, Maples, Fall Vegetables, Coneflowers, Mums, Camellias, Sunflowers, Violas, Pansies, Flowering Kale

This year, let’s synchronize our gardening calendars and ensure our gardens burst into vibrant colors throughout the seasons.

2. Plan Before You Plant: Crafting the Perfect Garden Layout: Resolution number two encourages all green enthusiasts to plan their garden layouts before impulsively buying plants. To achieve this, consider the following tips:

  • Assess sunlight and shade patterns in your garden.
  • Know your soil type and drainage conditions.
  • Group plants with similar water and sunlight needs.
  • Account for mature plant sizes to avoid overcrowding.

By crafting a thoughtful plan before you dive into plant purchases, you’ll not only save time and frustration but also create a harmonious and visually pleasing garden.

3. Embrace Native Plants: Nurturing Local Beauty: This year, let’s make a conscious effort to support our local ecosystem by incorporating more native plants into our gardens. In Zone 7, we’re blessed with an array of native beauties such as:

  • Dogwoods
  • Redbuds
  • Mulberries
  • Magnolias
  • Maples
  • Blueberries
  • Rhododendron
  • Beautyberry
  • Ferns
  • And many more!

Native plants are well-adapted to our climate, provide habitat for local wildlife, and contribute to the overall biodiversity of our region. Make your garden a haven for both flora and fauna by welcoming these indigenous wonders. For more native plant recommendations, contact us at Mitchell’s Nursery! We have an entire section of native plants, marked with a red tag so they’re easy to find.

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As we step into the gardening adventure that 2024 has in store, let’s make it a year of growth, color, and sustainability. By adhering to these gardening resolutions, not only will your garden flourish, but you’ll also find a deeper connection with the natural world around you.

Happy New Year and Happy Gardening!