Tips on Choosing Plants at the Nursery
You’re planning a garden in your home for the first time. You’re excited to beautify your space and done googling gardens for inspiration. But when you get to the nursery, you’re suddenly drawing a blank. There are too many plants to choose from, and you wish you had a mental checklist of what to buy.
This is perfectly natural for beginner gardeners (I’ve been there myself). Here are some tips to avoid getting overwhelmed:
- Select plants that are grown locally. If they’ve been grown in a different climate, they may not adjust to the local climatic conditions. For colder climes, include hardy plants like Pansies, Lily of the Valley, and Coral Bells. Have a look at https://www.thecolorfulgarden.com/in-the-zone to check which plants are likely to grow well at a location.
- Buy annuals and/or perennials. Annual plants such as Begonia, Chrysanthemum and Dahlia bloom all year long. Lavender, Peony and Coneflower are popular perennials that adorn a garden for many years.
- Be realistic about how many plants you really need. If you buy one too many, you’ll find yourself placing them too close to each other. And even if you have a large space to fill up, too many plants can give off the feel of a public garden.