Growing Guides

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Looking for the perfect plant?

Selecting the appropriate plants for the garden depends on a variety of factors. We recommend starting with a few plants and adding new ones each year slowly, so that gardeners can learn the specific needs of each species.

Consider the following questions:

- What are the site conditions? (Sun/Shade, Moisture, etc)

- What are your goals for gardening?

- How tall and wide a space are you filling?

The best plant is one that is adaptive to site conditions while meeting your goals for gardening.

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Use the following Cornell Guides to help with selection:

Vegetable Growing Guides

Flower Growing Guides

Vegetable Varieties for Gardeners

Selected List of Vegetable Varieties for Gardeners in NYS 2012

Cornell Herbaceous Perennials Database

Annual Flower Research from Bluegrass Lane

Woody Plants Database