POUND RIDGE, N.Y. Its not too early to start planning for your fall garden, so those with a green thumb can head to Poundridge Nurseries for planting ideas.
The nursery offers everything from trees and shrubs to annuals and perennials, as well as gardening supplies and decorations. For Westchester residents, its important to choose plants that will survive despite the presence of some unwelcome visitors.
The big deal around here is that deer eat everything, said Brady Hayes, the general manager of Poundridge Nurseries. He recommends planting trees and shrubs, particularly boxwood and andromeda, which deer tend to avoid.
Sarah Young, the department manager who works with the flowers, also has recommendations for customers with deer problems.
Perovskia are repellent to deer they hate the smell of them, she said of the blue-purple Russian sage. Lavender is also an option, although it is more difficult to grow on property with irrigation systems.
For first-time gardeners, Poundridge Nurseries offers many services to transform an outdoor space.
We recommend that customers have a designer come over, said Hayes. Having a landscape design can have several benefits, as it customizes the garden to the needs of the land and the preferences of the owner.
Those who are unsure of which plants to purchase can go to Young for recommendations.
Everybody loves Echinacea , which are coneflowers, she said. Customers seem to like anything that resembles a daisy. Rudbeckia are vibrant yellow coneflowers that are also popular to brighten up any garden.
When the weather begins to cool down, the nursery has more cold-weather vegetables available for customers to grow, such as cabbage and kale. The nursery sells plants already grown, but many choose to grow their own from seeds.
A lot of customers like organic vegetables, Young said. They like to try to do their own seeding.
Planting is best in the fall and spring, so those who wish to garden in the summer heat must be even more diligent with watering and maintaining their plants.
For more tips and gardening ideas, visit the Poundridge Nurseries website .
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