By following a few garden shopping tips, you can reduce the frustration of shopping for plants and potentially save a little money.
Do your research.
Read about different types of plants, talk to your neighbors about what they have that you like, and visit garden centers to see what is available. Decide what plants you want for your landscape or garden. Will those plants grow well in your climate and soil conditions? Be sure you understand the on-going care the plants will need.
Read the labels.
Before you buy, read the label on the plant to make sure it can fit into your garden or landscape plan. Labels include information such as amount of sunlight needed, moisture needed, and sometimes soil requirements. The label also tells you how fast the plant grows and how far from other plants to place the new plant.
Talk to the staff.
Knowledgeable garden center staff can give you good advice. If someone doesn’t seem to know much about their plants, leave and go to a nursery or garden center with experienced help. Be specific as you explain your needs. You can even take in a picture of your landscape to show.
Choose centers that offer guarantees.
Many nurseries and garden centers offer guarantees on their plants, usually for six months to a year. If you get an unhealthy plant that dies, you can get a new plant free. Be sure to save the receipt. Keep a garden shopping folder with all receipts so that you know exactly where they are if you need them.
Do your garden shopping during off hours.
If you visit the garden center or nursery at a slow time, staff members can give you more personal attention. You will be more able to relax as you search for exactly what you need. Look for deals and sales, but don’t sacrifice quality to save a few dollars.
If you know what you want, consider online garden shopping. These a huge selection of suppliers available, and you can do it all from the warmth of your own home!