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Re: Starting a nursery

Several of the long-surviving nurseries in my area often plant beds of the
plants they have in good supply.  Just seeing the beds often makes
customers want to duplicate them.  If I see something in those beds late in
the season, the supply is usually very short or exhausted.  It also gives
customers a good idea of what will do well and some interesting
combinations of plants that they might want to consider.

Bonnie ETN Zone 7

> [Original Message]
> From: kmrsy@netzero.net <kmrsy@netzero.net>
> To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> Date: 8/17/2005 9:36:18 PM
> Subject: Re: [CHAT] Starting a nursery
> >Granted, Endless Summer [TM] fills a need 
> >that no other Hydrangea could fill before,
> Have you looked at H.m. 'Sadie Ray', Chris?  
> Kitty
> -- "Christopher P. Lindsey" <lindsey@mallorn.com> wrote:
> > The first year I did my nursery everyone wanted Verbena 'Homestead
> > So, on the advice of one of my retail nursery owners I ordered a bunch
> > plugs the next spring. I could barely give it away. I know people see
> > things in Southern Living Magazine (here especially) and fly out to the
> > nurseries to get it. By the next year they're looking for something else
> > popular. 
> > 
> > So, my advice would be to start keeping up with what's named most
> > or best plant of the year, etc. Because next spring people will be
> > for it if it's been mentioned in a magazine. 
> I agree 100%.
> I was talking with Donna via email last night about what the current
> trends are.  I think shade gardens used to be the in thing, but they're
> now slightly passe and there's a lot more focus on sun plants with bright
> bold colors.
> Although I'm mostly a shade gardener, I think I need to focus on more
> unusual stuff and plants that can cross over from sun to shade. Sedges
> seem like they're still growing in popularity, for example.
> One thing about all of the hot new plants -- almost all of them have
> restricted propagation rights and corresponding insane prices.  For
> that reason people are falling to the old stand-bys on certain plants.
> Granted, Endless Summer [TM] fills a need that no other Hydrangea could
> fill before, so its ubiquity is probably a good thing. 
> I subscribe to Chicagoland Gardening, but I haven't looked at more general
> Midwestern magazines.
> Chris
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