Well, our neighbor Punxsutawney Phil has seen his shadow! So as the story goes it’s six more weeks of winter. Yikes, haven’t we seen enough?!
Now what to do?
While some people like curling up with a cup of hot chocolate and a good book, I find myself pouring over seed and plant catalogs!
The nice thing is you can choose any of the 3 major types of plant forms to focus on, without leaving your warm, comfy chair. There are online-companies that specialize in just certain types of plants, or some that carry a huge variety of species.
So, first the 3 major divisions of plants are:
Herbs are low, soft-stemmed plants with very little wood. Herbs grow only a few inches, like lawn grasses, or tall like tomatoes for the veggie garden. Most garden plants fall in this category, including the kitchen herbs that you might use for cooking.
Shrubs have more wood and are taller, from 10 to 15 feet. The beautifully bright yellow, spring blossoming shrub, forsythia is a great example. Shrubs live longer than most herbs and have not one trunk, but several rising from the ground line. Lilacs are another great example.
Trees naturally contain even more wood and can reach 100, or even more, feet tall. Trees have one main trunk rising from the roots, and can live sometimes for hundreds of years. In New Jersey, the Red Oak (Quercus rubra) is the state tree. There are also pines, oaks, and elms in the state.
Where to look?
Of course you don’t have to order a seed catalog to see what grows healthily here. You can head straight to your computer or tablet and browse online. Either way, the bright green and colorful blooms are so enticing when the snow is blowing.
Probably most people don’t look at tree catalogs, but owning a landscaping company allows me to look at some interesting and uncommon species that can live in our state. The company that I turn to for that pleasure is Gurney’s Seed and Nursery Co.
Check out these sources as you’re planning your outdoor plant spaces and before you know it, Spring will have sprung!