Retailers in the Midwest attend trials in Michigan, where the new plant introductions are grown outdoors en masse.
The fall is a good time to plant trees and shrubs, and it is fun to cruise the aisles of stores and nurseries to see if there are good deals available.
A cultivar of our native plant Boltonia was named in honor of Jim Crockett, original host of "The Victory Garden."
I have been reading about a new hydrangea that should be available in our local nurseries next spring. I have already put it on my "must have" list.