Tips For Buying The Best Plants

Have you ever come across a beautiful plant that you felt you just had to have and bought it right there and then without a second thought only to find later that it was quite an in appropriate choice for your garden?

We've heard stories from customers, family and friends who have made impulsive purchases. It’s only natural to be tempted. Unfortunately however, you just have to be practical when you are looking to buy plants for your garden. Ask yourself these few questions before you go out plant shopping and then make your choices based on the answers you come up with.

How Much Sun Does Your Garden Get?

Depending on which side your garden faces, it could either be in the sun all day or it could be more shady than sunny. Plants that love the sunlight will not bloom and thrive in a garden that does not get enough sunlight so make sure you choose accordingly.

Is the Soil Alkaline In Nature or More Acidic?

Yes, the pH level of the soil can make a huge difference in the choice of plants. As a general rule, most plants grow better in slightly acidic soil but there are also other plants that have an affinity for alkaline soil and will perish in soil that is acidic.

While there are a few things you can do to change the pH level of the soil, it isn’t always practical or even easy to do so. It is simpler and far less complicated to simply choose the plant to suit the type of soil.

Does the soil tend to get waterlogged or is it pretty well drained? Drought loving plants like cacti will flourish even in soil that is completely parched but plants that need lots of water will quickly dry and die. On the other hand, swamp plants that need plenty of water will prosper and grow lushly in waterlogged soil.

How Are You Going to Landscape Your Garden?

There are no hard and fast rules regarding the layout of a garden. It all depends on each person’s individual preferences. However, some arrangements just end up not looking as good as you thought it would.

For example if you buy single plants of different types and just plant them randomly, your garden could end up looking a bit haphazard. So think about it a bit, try and visualize your garden with the plants in it. Consider groupings by way of colors, textures and heights and only then go out and buy your plants, keeping in mind the other factors as well. If you still need further information or advice, please contact us at the Anlex Garden Centre.

We hope you have found this information on buying the best plants for your garden helpful. If you need further advice or help please contact us or call us on 020 8421 5977 to find out more.

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