When you set out to shop at your plant nursery, the same question pops up every time: ‘How do I choose the right plants for my garden?’ The best way is to find a nursery which has knowledgeable, helpful staff, whether it is in person at your local nursery, or via email or phone at your online nursery or mail order nursery.
The staff at the plant nursery should have time to answer all your questions, and should know the situation a certain plant will grow well in. Always try and give the nursery staff a good idea of where you would like to put the plant, the type of soil the plant is to grow in, and your climate. Your climate is mainly important when you shop at your online nursery, as online nurseries usually post plants around Australia, and may not be in your local area.
If you have neighbours, family, or friends with plants you like the look of, ask them which nursery they get their plants from. You may be surprised, as many people shop for plants online (on the internet) these days so you may find an online nursery on the internet which you’ll love. Many online nurseries specialise in certain plants, such as tropical plants, cottage garden plants, palms and cycads, succulents etc. This way you get the very best advice from a nursery which is most likely very passionate about what it does and the plants it grows.
Look around your neighbourhood for plants which seem to grow well. This is always a great indication of which plants will grow well in your area, and you can then talk to the staff at your local nursery or online nursery to see if they have this certain plant. Many nurseries can even help you identify plants if you do not know the name of the plant you would like to grow.
Many nurseries will offer their plants in specific categories, which make it easier for you to select a certain plant for that specific spot in your garden. You may find a ‘groundcover’ area, where you can select a groundcover plant from a range of plants offered, or a ‘drought hardy’ area, where you can find plants which don’t need much water. Some online nurseries have a list of categories in their online shop, including categories like ‘hedging plants’, ‘palms and cycads’, ‘flowering plants’ and ‘cold hardy plants’ The cold hardy plant category is especially handy if you are in an area of Australia prone to frost!
Once you have found a nursery, whether it is your local nursery, a mail order nursery or online nursery and you are pleased with their service and plants, be sure to spread the word about your experience! All plant nurseries would agree with me that word of mouth advertising is one of the very best advertising methods in the plant nursery world, and if you have a pleasant experience with a nursery, I’m sure they would appreciate you telling everyone you know.