10 Mistakes to Avoid at the Nursery
It’s time to turn off the TV, throw open your doors and get outside; your garden awaits! But after you’ve raked up last fall’s leaves and taken a good hard look at your garden’s blank palette, your next step is to visit your local garden nursery. There, you’ll be treated to the sights and smells of spring. But before you take out your wallet, take a quick read of our 10 important points to keep in mind before you shop. And enjoy!
Mistake 1: Buying Flowers in Bloom
Think twice before buying open flowers. There is no rule that says you have to buy the plant with the open blooms. In fact, we suggest you buy your fall-blooming plants in the spring and the spring bloomers in the fall, giving your plants a chance to have more time to get established. The exception is for annuals, which only bloom for one year! Even still, it’s better to pick an annual with lots of buds and no open flowers—that way you’ll have more bang for your buck when the annuals are planted. (After all, where do you want your plants to flower? In the nursery or in your garden?)