It used to be that every spring, gardeners, landscapers, and anyone with a green thumb at all, would make a mad rush to garden centers and nurseries to snatch up all the best-looking, hardiest plants to grace their yard or garden. Usually choices were limited to what the store had decided to get that year, what plants were bestsellers, or, if you waited too late, you’d simply have to pick from what was left. Now, thanks to the Internet and online credit card payment systems, the plants of your dreams are only a few clicks away. You can browse catalogs looking at pictures, read all about planting conditions, climate zones, bloom times, sun and water requirements, and pick from literally thousands of varieties of flowers, vegetables, groundcovers, roses, shrubs, trees, vines, or just about any plant imaginable.
One of the greatest things about the Internet is being able to research the particular area where you live to see if the plants you’re interested in will do well if you buy them and plant them in your little slice of heaven. Most garden and nursery websites provide information about specific plants, including maps of certain zones where a plant will