Growing hope

Anxious gardeners planning their backyard paradise should hold off on some plants, at the risk of killing them.
Krystle Wagner
Apr 16, 2013


Grand Haven Garden House co-owner Dale Kwekel said the cooler and rainy days have put his business about a month behind in sales from last year.

While last year’s unseasonable warmth was favorable, this year has taken the other extreme and is unfavorable for plants.

“It’s like night-and-day difference,” Kwekel said.

Although current temperatures aren’t right for all types of plant life, Kwekel said some can survive the chilly weather — such as roses, ground cover, evergreen trees, rhododendron and azaleas.

Shannon Springer of Proven Winners ColorChoice Shrubs said as long as the ground isn’t frozen or soggy, hardy shrubs can be planted — as long as they are rated at a "USDA Zone 6b" or below.

“It should be able to handle anything the spring season throws at it,” she said.

While the Grand Haven Garden House greenhouse is filled with baskets of flowers and other plants used for planter boxes and container gardening, Kwekel recommends waiting until it warms up. Otherwise, they’ll be destroyed.

To read more of this story, see today’s print or e-edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.


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