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Improvements to Our "Tried and Trouble-free" Web Page

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As you might expect we in Gardening Help are frequently asked to recommend good plants for the area. Several years ago, to assist with this, we began polling area nursery staff and horticulture professionals on the best plants for the St. Louis area. They provided us with a great list of plants that we call our “Tried and Trouble-free” plants.  Some plants were recommended by several professionals and other by just a few.

You have always been able to search for these plants using the Plant Finder Advanced Search, but now you can access lists in just one click.

As requested by many of our volunteers who assist our patrons, the Tried and Trouble-free web page now has links that will take you directly to lists of “Tried and True” plants in many popular plant categories; flowering trees, groundcovers, and herbaceous perennials, for example. You can select between viewing just a list of plant names or a “profile” view that gives an image and a short description. On the “profile” view you can see how many professionals voted for each plant. We hope this feature will make it quicker and easier for you to find the information you're looking for.

Of course, you are still able to search for “Tried and Trouble-free” plants (along with other very specific criteria) using the Plant Finder Advanced Search. Just be sure you select “Tried and Trouble-free” as one of your search criteria.

We invite you to explore our list of “Tried and Trouble-free” plants. There are many excellent plants in the lists and those that are highly rated should be readily available at area nursery and garden centers.

Do you have additional questions about plants or any other gardening related issues? Get help by talking to us in the Center for Home Gardening! By phone, call the Horticulture Answer Service (Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. @ 314-577-5143) or visit us in person at the Plant Doctor Desk (Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.).

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