|The haul: Plants from the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden fall plant sale.|
Here are a few tips based on my experience:
- Know what you want. The time I spent on the internet planning and drooling over interesting plants was not actually wasted, since I found most of the things I wanted. Without a plan for my garden's next steps, I would have been overwhelmed by the selection and had difficulty deciding which were worthwhile purchases.
- Arrive early in the sale. A passerby told me that all the "good stuff" would be gone by the end of the day.
- Realize that plants can be mislabeled. This goes back to knowing what you want. A few things were being sold as natives even though they weren't, and a couple of the plants I bought were labeled with the correct genus but incorrect species. I knew ahead of time that I wanted a solid green Heuchera and didn't have a strong preference for which variety, so I'm not too upset that the Heuchera americana I bought turns out to be probably Heuchera villosa.