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Know your soil type and select plants accordingly. Soils have different pH levels, they can be neutral, alkaline or acidic in nature. Other than that they can be rich in sand, loam or clay content. So, when you go to buy plants, choose the species that are known to perform and do good in your area. Native plants and wildflowers are the best choice if you are not sure. These plants are hardy and disease resistant. They will thrive even in the toughest spots and will do well without much maintenance. Other than those, you can also go in for other tough plants, ferns and succulents. You cannot really go wrong with these.
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When visiting a plant nursery, look out for plants that have new buds and new leaves forming. These are healthy and good quality plants. Do not select plants that have stunted or poor growth. Their leaves should vibrant green in color without any spots. Reject plants that show signs of decay, yellowing or other diseases. Always buy your gardening supplies and plants from a reputed nursery that is known to provide good quality plants. When buying, bare root stock it is often difficult to judge if the plants are healthy or not as they ado not have any leaves on them. The best way to choose them is to go in for plants that do not show any obvious signs of damage. Their stem structure and roots should be balanced.