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Have you ever wondered what kind of plants will thrive in your garden?

We see a lot of plants in the wrong location or soil conditions that are failing to thrive. This will help you know more about the location you’d like to plant in. To begin, look around your yard and pick an area you’d like to add plants to.

You need to know how much sun, your soil type, drainage and how cold it gets in the winter to best choose plants that will thrive in this location.


Go outside at lunchtime. If it is blindingly bright in your location, you have FULL Sun. If you are squinting, you have a sunny place. Shady and Deep shade can be determined by how well you can read something. If you can easily read your mail or a book, you are in a shady location. If you struggle to see well, this would be considered Deep Shade.

But, the amount of sun you get isn’t the only condition needed to determine types of plants.


The top layer of soil isn’t the place to look. Get a shovel or a spade and dig down approximately six inches. Grab a handful of soil and squeeze it into a ball. If it falls apart and you have trouble keeping it from slipping through your fingers, you have sandy soil. If it is crumbly, you have normal soil and if it stays in the ball shape, you’ve got clay. Clay is very common here in South Carolina.


The purpose of this test is to know how much moisture your soil holds before you buy your plants. Plants have different moisture requirements and it can make a difference in how well your plants thrive in a certain location.

A couple of hours after rain, go outside and walk around the proposed garden area. Are your shoes wet? If so, you need moisture tolerant plants. Is the grass dry? If so, you want drought tolerant plants. If it is still wet, but not muddy, you can go for plants that thrive on normal moisture.

The last step only really applies for online plant purchases.


USDA Zone Map

What zone do you live in? This allows you to determine the types of plants that can handle your area’s temperature and climate. Here in Greenville, South Carolina, our zone is 7, but some parts of Greenville and Anderson are actually classified as zone 8. You can, of course err on the side of caution and stick with zone 7. You don’t really need to know this if you are stopping at a local nursery, but if you are ordering your plants online, this is must have knowledge.

If you are not in or around Greenville, SC – here is a Zone Map.

Of course, we can provide a professional and accurate soil analysis for your lawn. Soil Analysis, Garden and Lawn Maintenance and Planning are some of the services that we provide.

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