New Gardener? Choose Your Flowers Carefully

New Gardener? Choose Your Flowers Carefully

Tips For Buying Plants At A Nursery

Sonia Scott

A trip to the garden nursery can be an exciting step when you are updating your landscape design. This will give you the beginnings of your new look. There are a few steps to take before you bring home any new plants, though. The following tips can help you pick out the best items at the nursery.

Tip #1: Create a visual list

Chances are you are going to the nursery for inspiration just as much as to purchase, but you don't want to end up with a bunch of plants you can't use. The best option is to create a visual list. Draw a rough sketch of your yard. In each garden area, list key features that affect plant choice, such as type of soil or sun exposure. Finally, next to each area list a few desires in plants, such as height, perennial vs. annual, or safety to pets and children. This way you can tell at a glance if a plant will fit anywhere into your landscape design.

Tip #2: Check the roots

A common issue with any potted plant is that it has become root bound. This is especially problematic with fast-growing annuals, simply because they outgrow nursery pots quickly. If roots are trailing out the bottom of the pot, you may have a root bound plant. Slip the root ball out of the pot and inspect it. If the roots are completely encircling the pot, choose a different plant.

Tip #3: Avoid leggy plants

Another problem is leggy plants. These plants were deprived proper lighting when they were young. This caused them to develop a long, spindly stem and weaker leaves. While some plants can recover from this, there is no guarantee. Instead, look for compact plants with sturdy stems and plenty of leaves.

Tip #4: Know mature sizes

Don't make the same mistake as many others when purchasing for the garden – buying too many plants. The first year a garden often seems bare. This is because perennial plants are purchased small and then they slowly mature into their full size. Planting too many perennials to avoid bare areas is a waste of money, since you will have to tear out some of the plants later to make room. Instead, use annuals to temporarily fill in the bare spots for the first year or two as the perennials mature.

For more help in finding the perfecting plants, visit a nursery in your area.


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New Gardener? Choose Your Flowers Carefully

As a child and teenager, I watched my mother garden, although I wasn't interested in it at the time. I later learned that I had missed out on learning the craft because before I planted my first garden, I thought it would be so easy! Once I finally had a yard of my own, I was eager to plant some beautiful flowers in the yard and do other landscaping work. Unfortunately, I learned a hard lesson and none of things I planted survived more than a few weeks, even though I watered them daily. I gave my mother a call and asked her what could have gone wrong, and I learned that plants have to be chosen carefully. Check out this blog to learn more landscaping plant tips.