New Jersey is not called the Garden State for nothing. It produces a great variety of fruits and vegetables that are not common in other places in the United States. It also has a high production of crops and vegetables and fruits that are considered all- American hence its monicker, regardless of the real historical background, remains favorable to those with green thumb.
For gardening enthusiasts who are new to NJ and wondering what to cultivate, there is a good number of plants, fruits, trees, flowers, and crops to choose from.
NJ-Based landscaping company, Abort Landscape Design, for instance came up with a list of 20 flowers that are great to cultivate given the New Jersey climate. Coral Bells made it to their list.
“The diverse colors and interesting textures of coral bells, makes them a favorite on the list of perennial flowers for NJ gardens. Coral bells produce spires of dainty, white, pink and green flowers and different colored foliage in silver, purple and burgundy. They grow in low clumps, so they work well as border plants and groundcovers. Coral bells like rich, humusy soil that retains a lot of moisture.”
Read about the other perennials that made it to their list here.
Best Fruit Trees for New Jersey
NJ.com meanwhile shared their list of best fruit trees to propagate in the Garden State. Grapes is one of the fruits that have been featured on their list. State of New Jersey Official Website
“Grapes have become a very important crop for New Jersey over the past few years. Much of the popularity is a result of the hybridization of European and North American grapes to produce wine. However, there are a few excellent varieties, both seeded and seedless, for general consumption and use in jams and jellies.”
Check out the full list here.
Gardening website Jersey Yards meantime shared tips for those who are planning to cultivate plants in their New Jersey home. One of their tips is to choose native plants for their gardens as they are the easiest to care for. New Jersey State Golf Association https://www.njsga.org/
“Hardy, low-maintenance native plants save time and money. Native plants are well-adapted to our local climate and soil and have natural defenses to plant diseases, harmful insects, and other pests. When the right native is planted in the right place, it will thrive with minimal care. Once established, native plants flourish with normal rainfall and need little, if any, additional watering. Save money on fertilizers and pesticides too”
The rest of their advice can be found here.
Planting native trees and flowers also have better chances of blooming optimally as they can withstand the climate and the type of soil in the state.