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It is hard to think about adding new plants to the Mid-Atlantic garden on the cusp August, traditionally our hottest and dryest month.
But now is the time to shop for deals at nurseries, which may be trying to clear out rough-looking plant material to make room for new fall plants.
Marie Iannotti, who writes a gardening blog for about.com, has some tips for selecting mid-season plants. Here is her advice.
Check the plants for insects, disease and die back from lack of water. A pot with lots of weeds hasn't been well cared for, either.
Lanky growth and pot-bound roots will correct themselves in the ground.
Give your new plants plenty of water, but wait until the roots settle in before feeding them.
And don't be afraid to buy deciduous trees at this time of year. They are going to lose their leaves anyway. They should be fine with your TLC.