Inspirations

April 30, 2006

SPLURGE OF THE WEEK

POPE JOHN PAUL ROSE

Some questions to ask when choosing a shrub for your yard or garden, from Gardening 1-2-3: Expert Advice from The Home Depot (Meredith Books, $34.95):

What is the mature size and spread of the shrub? Have I measured the space where I'd like to put it?

Does the shrub do well in sun, shade or a little of both?

Does it have spring flowers or berries? What does it look like in autumn? Does it have interesting or brightly colored bark?

Does it attract birds or butterflies?

Are deer or rabbits attracted to it? If so, am I willing to put up protection for it?

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