Eastern redbud (Cercis canadensis) spring habit” by Dcrjsr is licensed under CC BY 3.0

When is the best time to plant a tree or shrub? For some specimens, fall is the best time. There are a number of things to consider when planting trees and shrubs so we’ve compiled a few resources to help answers some questions you may have and to help you decide what to plant. . .

Your First Garden: What You Need to Know Before You Plant a Tree or Shrub

By Fan Winston | gardenista.com

Consider Planting Native Trees & Shrubs

When you plant native trees and shrubs, you not only help beautify your property, you help local wildlife who depend on them for food and shelter. Native trees and shrubs are also well-adapted to our climate which means they may be more likely to survive and may require less maintenance.

Connecticut Botanical Society

The Connecticut Botanical Society website offers information and photos on a number of native trees and shrubs.

New London Trees

The mission of New London Trees is to restore New London’s tree population through community planting and care, education, and advocacy. Visit their website for information and photos that may help you decide what tree may be the perfect compliment to your garden.

Connecticut College Arboretum

The Native Plant Collection at Connecticut College Arboretum offers a wonderful opportunity for you to take a self-guided tour and see live examples of native trees. Their website provides a tour pamphlet in addition to a new online interactive map.

VIDEO: How To Plant Trees and Shrubs Like a Pro

Joe Lamp’l from joe gardener offers this instructional video for planting trees and shrubs.