Garden Centres will not want me to tell you this…
We all know that any retail outlet has stacks of goodies to sell us which are all carefully positioned in key locations. Garden centres are no different. And like most good retailers they know exactly what sells well and tempts us the most. Nothing wrong in that whatsoever. But, a lot of what is on these tempting displays simply isn’t suitable to grow in your garden.
That’s not so good because it effectively means if you buy the wrong things, you’ve wasted your money.
Not good at all.
So how do you avoid being sucked in when you see a beautiful display of irresistible plants?
If you want to buy something that will look good each and every year and be of great value, then you need to be really clued up, so those impulse buys end up being a good investment and not a waste of your money.
Garden centres these days do have a lot more growing information and helpful tips than ever before, but if you don’t know what conditions you have in your garden then they are next to useless.
There are some pretty simple things that anyone can do to work out what your garden needs BEFORE you go plant buying.
5 TOP Tips for Successful Plant Buying
- BEFORE you head off to the garden centre, make a note of which parts of your garden get the sun and shade.
- What type of soil do you have? If you don’t know, dig a few test holes in your garden to look at the soil – see if it is waterlogged, dry, compacted, stoney etc.
- Take a photo of your garden with you to the garden centre so you can see where you might put any new purchases (and check if they go with what’s there now).
- When you find yourself about to impulse buy something on display, work out where in the garden you would put the new plant and also check to see if the location you have in mind has enough sun/shade, wet/dry to suit the new plant from the notes you made.
- Check how big the new purchase is likely to get – do you have room for it? And finally how long does it look good for? All year long or is it a 5 minute wonder ?
Do you still want it after answering all these questions? If so, yes, go for it, good purchase decision!
By taking a few minutes beforehand to check out your garden and just make sure that everything you’ve been tempted with will grow and work with your existing garden, should save you from buying hugely inappropriate plants which you’ll only regret later!
Here’s The Big Secret That Most Plant Books Don’t Tell You…
If you know what to look for, a lot of plants themselves will tell you exactly what type of conditions they like to grow in, without you even needing to look at the label! You don’t need to study masses of books or take a long horticultural course.
For example any plant with a grey/ silver colour to the leaf cannot take shade. None. They are designed to reflect the sunlight. So it’s the plant equivalent of wearing sunglass, a blessing in the sun, but lethal in the shade!
There are many other clues you can look for, too many to go into on this post but just by looking at plants that area growing well in your area, you can learn a great deal.
There Really is No Need to Learn Hundreds and Hundreds of Different Plants
Just learn the characteristics that the sun & shade lovers have in common, so you can spot them when you’re in the garden centre. You’ll soon know what will grow where, just by looking at the leaves.
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