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Embrace Your Space

Three simple ways gardens can elevate your home and mood this spring.
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There is nothing that signals a fresh start in North Texas more than knowing that hard freezes and ice storms are behind us, and spring is on the way. And once spring arrives, it’s time to plant. Not only can incorporating plants, flowers, and edible gardens in and around your home elevate your space—it can also boost your mood.

As people have emerged from the pandemic, they have learned how much plants and flowers can enrich their lives, says Cody Hoya, general manager of North Haven Gardens. “There was a nationwide uptick in the interest in gardening and plants in general, especially vegetable gardens and houseplants,” Hoya says. “So many people found themselves stuck at home, canceling travel plans, and not going out. A lot of their time and disposable income that normally went to entertainment went toward investing in plants and gardening supplies instead. Our homes became our sanctuaries, so that made sense.”

Spring has arrived in Dallas—the sun is out, and your space needs a refresh. What you plant, where you plant, and how you plant can make or break the project, whether you are incorporating a few houseplants or planting an outdoor flower or vegetable garden. North Haven Gardens offers a few tips here to get you started.

Consult a garden coach.

While this certainly isn’t required before planting, it’s helpful. North Haven Gardens’ horticulturists offer one-on-one planting and plant selection advice in-store or at your home. “It’s a great starting point, especially for people new to gardening,” Hoya says. “A landscape designer could cost tens of thousands of dollars. North Havens’ garden coaches don’t provide a design, but can offer advice about which plants will grow best where –and for an affordable price.” Garden coaches can help you identify areas in your landscape ready for improvement, suggest new approaches to refresh outdoor living spaces, recommend the proper plants for your needs, and provide planting and maintenance information.

To make the most of your time, bring at least three goals you want to accomplish, a few pictures with images of plants and garden features you like, and a plan of your property if possible. An in-store, virtual, or phone garden coach session costs $35 for a 45-minute meeting and $25 for each additional 30 minutes. An at-home consultation is $125 for the first hour and $50 for each subsequent 30-minute block, including travel time. Appointments are available within North Haven Gardens’ delivery area. The coaching sessions come with a 20% coupon voucher that’s good for in-store purchases for the next month! Learn more.

Add some color to your home.

“Houseplants are still a big trend,” Hoya says. “They have experienced something of a resurgence in popularity, especially among apartment dwellers. There are numerous collectors’ groups online that exchange information about rare and unusual plants, and even organize special plant pop-up markets, auctions, and plant swaps. Some plants are considered easy to care for and are very forgiving, and then others—you water them the wrong way and they could die.” The houseplant you have been eyeing may be beautiful, but it also may not grow well where you want to display or plant it. This is also a good opportunity to seek the advice of North Haven’s garden advisors who can steer you toward choosing plants that suit your space and lifestyle. Learn more.

Plant an edible garden—for food and for fun.

For the vegetable garden beginner, Hoya recommends container vegetable gardens—planting a few seeds or transplants in a pot or container garden to learn the ropes. Succeeding with vegetable gardening in North Texas means learning how to navigate our unique climate, and planting accordingly. Hot summer temperatures and erratic spring weather can create challenges for vegetable gardens. Hoya recommends starting with planting tomatoes in pots or raised beds. “There’s something uniquely satisfying about slicing into a homegrown tomato.”

Homegrown vegetables and herbs enhance your table, and are a great project for kids,” he says. Because our climate is unique from other parts of the U.S., it’s important to specifically research the best time to plant vegetables in north Texas rather than rely on a generalized guide. Other types of gardens can be grown as pollinators to attract birds and butterflies, helping you reconnect with nature. “Many people find gardening healing and therapeutic,” Hoya says. “It’s a rewarding hobby.”

To learn about when to plant vegetable gardens in North Texas, click here for a complete calendar.

For more quick tips, visit North Haven Garden’s website or visit their store open daily, 9 AM – 6 PM.

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