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Plant Shop & Nursery in Dallas, TX

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Come and visit North Haven Gardens, your destination for all your gardening needs in Dallas. As you step inside, you'll find a comprehensive selection of quality gardening equipment and a diverse plant nursery with a stunning array of indoor plants, outdoor plants, and a variety of fresh vegetables. Our expert garden coaches are dedicated to helping you turn your gardening dreams into reality. Plus, we now have delivery services available in Dallas (within our service area, call for details). Now you can ensure that your gardening essentials are conveniently brought to your doorstep. You can even sign up for a grow card membership to earn points and save on your purchases.

Here at North Haven Gardens, we take pride in offering a curated selection that caters to all levels of expertise. Whether you're a seasoned gardener or a beginner, our friendly and professional staff is here to help. Visit our nursery in Dallas an experience the difference.

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Why Beauty Alone Isn’t Enough

A group of folks from NHG attended the Southern Regional Sustainability Conference of the Perennial Plant Association this past Monday in Dallas. The event was coordinated by local horticulture expert and green industry consultant Leslie F. Halleck of Halleck Horticultural, who is also PPA’s Southern Regional Director. It brought together professionals across our industry–growers, retailers, landscape professionals, and educators–to discuss trends on sustainability in plant selection, production, and use. Several useful themes emerged during the day’s presentations, but one in particular stuck with us: ‘Beauty is no longer enough.’ 

Wait, what?

Osteospermum daisies
Osteospermum daisies are strikingly beautiful, but what else do they have to offer?

As retailers, we depend on beautiful plants to inspire our customers. If this is no longer reliable, what do we need to do?

Modern consumers increasingly depend on social media (the ‘new word of mouth’) as well as mobile data to do the work for them ahead of time. Both new and experienced gardeners seek photos, detailed descriptions and performance reviews from other consumers before making an investment in a plant or product. This is particularly true with younger consumers, who are prone to ask of a product–or plant–“what’s it going to do for me?” That, says Leslie, is why beauty is indeed no longer enough.

Desert Willow (Chilopsis linearis 'Bubba')
Desert Willow (Chilopsis linearis ‘Bubba’) is tought, beautiful and attracts pollinators.


Now, we must look beyond colorful foliage or bright flowers to answer questions of R.O.I., be they for the end consumer or the wildlife she or he is hoping to support.

What additional benefits does this plant provide? Do the flowers provide nectar for multiple pollinators? Will it stand up to and thrive through our area’s hot summer? Does it offer edible produce, such as leaves, roots or fruits? How much input of water and maintenance does it demand?

As Leslie puts it: “Choosing plants just because they are pretty simply isn’t a good enough reason anymore; we have to take our choices a step further and better match plant to habitat.” We agree–while good, old-fashioned beautiful blooms may still hold sway in the hearts of some, additional benefits are important.

So we ask you, our gardening friends–is the beauty of a plant enough to influence your choices in a nursery? What additional benefits matter most in your garden? Let us know on our Facebook page.



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