Gardens and Landscape

Person on knees planting a small seedlingThe best green thumbs know that planting a thriving garden isn't always simple. Yielding the best results often means carefully selecting the right plant for the right climate and the right spot in the yard.

Whether it's a new tree, decorative flower or shrub, it's important to consider what purpose the new plant will serve and the yard's limitations. For instance, all trees may start out small but some trees grow to be much larger than others. These large trees need to be planted in spaces where they will have room to grow, not areas where they may grow into power lines, decks or roof lines. See approved trees for planting.

Before you dig in, consider the eventual height and sun tolerance of each plant or tree before selecting its spot in the yard.

One of the easiest ways to ensure your gardening expectations will meet your results is to start by heading back to the roots-Kansas roots. Native plants naturally thrive in Kansas climates and often don't need lawn chemicals to grow. These plants can help you save time, money, and the environment by requiring less water each season and usually needing less maintenance.

Feeling lost?

The Johnson County Extension Master Gardener's office runs a free-hotline year-round to give residents gardening tips and suggestions. Gardening pros are available from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday to assist residents with their gardening needs. They can be reached by calling 913-715-7050.