Not all plants thrive in all parts of the country – but how is a novice gardener supposed to know that? The USDA Zone Plant Hardiness Map tells you which zone you live in and gives you a list of options to plant. Before you go to the nursery, print this out so you don’t fall in love with a flower that’s going to fail as soon as you plant it.
A well-thought-out garden can make the difference between flourishing and failing. Don’t just stuff plants wherever you have room. An online garden planning tool can help you figure out which plants should go where, so they’re more likely to thrive.
You don’t need to pick an expensive program – some online versions have free trials. Work with a few different options before committing to purchasing one to help you through the entire growing season.