Back in December I posted about all these plant and seed catalogs I had gathered. In January I ordered seeds, and this month I ordered rose bushes and some fruit trees. I’m now done ordering plants for this year with the exception of purchasing some rhubarb at the local garden center this spring.
I would like more plants than what I have listed below but I wanted to select an amount that seemed reasonable to manage and undertake this year, and I needed to keep our budget in mind. I hope to purchase a second lot of fruit trees and bushes next year. Until then, here’s what I have planned out for this year:
Ordering Fruit Trees Online
I opted to buy from Stark Bro’s this year. I selected dwarf varieties for all the trees I purchased. Shipping was free because my order was more than $85. My plan is to espalier the trees. The bushes will fill some bare spots in my flower beds.
The lemon tree will have to be brought indoors each year. So far the rosemary and bay laurel I brought in during the fall are growing splendidly, so I have high hopes for keeping a lemon tree year-round in Cleveland, Ohio!
Ordering Roses Online
I went with Heirloom Roses this year and received an extra 10 percent off my order in celebration of Valentine’s Day weekend. I used to work in a floral shop, so I have a passion for certain varieties of flowers. When looking at colorful flowers that would continually bloom – I was drawn to roses.
I purchased three (pink & red) of the tea variety – long, fragrant stems I can use fresh cut in arrangements. I also purchased one white rose bush that should also produce color year-round and rose hips in the fall. Rose hips can be used to make jams, jellies and teas.
With both Stark Bro’s and Heirloom Roses I opted to have my plants ship in a few weeks once we thaw out a bit. I appreciate the convenience of buying now when there are sales and better selection, and then receiving my plants later.
Have you ordered plants online?