I have a small patio or deck with very little space. But I need help converting my space into a “garden room.” Shopping at the garden supply centers is overwhelming and confusing!
Visit small local garden centers and talk with owners or knowledgeable staff.
Find a gardening buddy to go with you. Most gardeners are always looking for an excuse to visit a garden center and most have a favorite place that they would recommend.
Visit local plant sales at your arboretums or conservatories. These are filled with knowledgeable plant lovers.
If possible, avoid shopping at the busiest times for nurseries. Weekday early mornings may be a quieter time for you to stroll through the aisles and ask questions.
Prioritize your tasks and focus on one goal at a time when visiting a garden center. For example: Have you ever purchased a plant on a whim and returned home not knowing where to put it? Has it died? Never splurge-buy plants. Bring your light requirement, desired height, color and bloom time on a list. Most importantly know your hardiness zone.
Final Words of Advice
for every type of gardener.....
Have fun: Spending time outdoors is a gift and a respite from the busy lives we lead. Gardening is great exercise for the body and soul.
Read Plant Tags: Know your planting zone, sun and water requirements. Plant the right plant in the right spot.
Get Help: Prevent costly mistakes by contacting your state's extension offices, and visit websites, libraries, local garden centers, courses at arboretums & conservatories, or consult a professional. A successful gardener asks questions and is constantly learning.
Prevent deer damage:Ask for help in identifying effective deer repellents and choosing deer-resistant plants.
Have a plan for maintenance: Identify if you need a monthly maintenance plan from a landscaper/gardener, weekly mowing, or an annual clean-up. Unless you pave your yard or plant plastic, outdoor spaces need maintenance.
Be realistic: Start small to prevent feeling overwhelmed by the time, energy and cost.
Take time to enjoy your space: Nature will astound you with it’s sights, sounds, smells, and textures.
What type of gardener are you? Occasional? Weekend Warrior? Garden Enthusiast? Townhouse Apartment? No matter your time or project, there are a few basic tools every gardener or homeowner needs.