Georgia Gardener Newsletter Design Tip: August 10, 2006
Easy To Grow Trees & Shrubs
If you have just started gardening or have recently moved to Georgia (and are now wondering if you made
a mistake with all this heat and drought), there are plenty of wonderful plants that you can use
to ease you into gardening in the south. Remember, to have the best chance of success with your plants:
- Site the plant correctly in terms of sun and shade
- Site the plant correctly in terms of soil moisture
- Install the plant correctly in properly prepared soil
- Get the plant established by watering, etc. for the first year or so
First, a couple of things to review or learn:
- Metro Atlanta is considered to be straddling
USDA Hardiness Zones 7b and 8a
- Our normal average rainfall is around 50 inches per year.
- Our wettest months are in the late winter and early spring.
- Our driest month is October.
- Trees and shrubs are best planted in the fall.
- Most landscape soils are acidic red clay which need to
before planting and
Large Canopy/Shade Trees (40+ feet tall)
Medium Trees (20-40 feet tall)
Small Trees (< 20 feet tall)
Evergreen Trees for Screening (Small, Medium and Large)
Deciduous Flowering Shrubs For Sun
Deciduous Flowering Shrubs For Part Shade
Evergreen Shrubs For Sun (S) and Part Shade (PS)
In the next Georgia Gardener Newsletter (August 24, 2006), I will discuss some of the easiest perennials
for sun, shade, moist and dry soils.
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