Shop Smart at the Garden Center
Get Acquainted With the Nursery
- If you're a rookie gardener, try to visit the center on a weekday. The salespeople won’t be overwhelmed.
- Admire the plants in full flower, but buy those that are just budding. Their fireworks will last longer, and the plants will go through less transplant shock. If you must know the flower color,
choose a plant with only a few opened buds.
- When you arrive, grab a wagon, and pick up plants as they catch your eye. You won’t have to hunt for those peony hybrids you saw two aisles ago, and it will be easier to imagine how everything will look together.
Navigating the nursery is simple once you know how the plant types are usually arranged:
Perennials: Generally arranged alphabetically by botanical name (Hemerocallis), which can often be different from the common name (daylily). Have the staff translate, if necessary.
Annuals: Like shade plants, annuals will often be grouped in a separate covered area or a greenhouse.
Shrubs and trees: Usually grouped in yet another outdoor area and sold in containers, or “b and b” (balled and burlapped) if they are larger specimens.
- Note varieties. Many nurseries have display gardens of plants that thrive locally. Look there for ideas, then hit the aisles, keeping your
specific needs in mind.
- Consider the climate. Potted plants are often organized by the conditions under which they flourish―“sunny/dry,” “shade tolerant,” etc. ―so you’ll
know which will survive in your garden.
- Decide whether to buy pots or packs. Annuals are frequently sold in multipacks for much less than individually potted plants. If you are planting a large area, save money by going with small specimens; but if you’re planting in a mature bed, bigger is better.
Next: Pick Healthy Plants
“Ever had nasty words spread about you at work? And were those words published as front-page news in Politico, with your colleagues describing you as “a source of widespread frustration and anxiety,”...”
So maybe you can’t change your health overnight. But you can get a head start.
If Robin Thicke and Paula Patton were decor elements, you’d think they wou...
from The Nest Blog » house & home
You may be reading this from a beach chair, sun deck, or other summer locale...
This '90s throwback cocktail will sizzle your taste buds - Food The sexy, s...
from Home sweet home. | POPSUGAR Home
Last we checked, ice cream is supposed to melt if it isn't kept chilled. ...
from Tastepartner on The Huffington Post
from HuffPost Home - The Huffington Post
For those who love the idea of clear glass cabinet doors but don’t think their...