Tips for Buying Mail-Order Plants
Many catalog and internet suppliers offer excellent selection — varieties that are seldom available in local garden centers.
• Shop at reputable firms; gather the names of favorite companies from fellow gardeners.
• Try to do business with firms that list a phone number that will enable you to reach someone in person.
• Make sure you understand the return policy. A money-back guarantee should be clearly stated.
• Study the order form carefully for hidden charges.
• Don't buy only on the strength of a photograph on the supplier's Web site or catalog. Research the descriptions of your chosen variety — including the color and size of plant and flower — on other reputable sites before buying.
• Be alert for descriptors such as “vigorous” or “self-seeds readily.” These plants could be invasive in your area.
• Save a copy of your order, and if you’re ordering online, bookmark the pages that describe plant behavior and culture.
• Inspect the shipment to see if the plants are in good shape. Many companies will let you choose an approximate delivery day.
• If you're not ready to plant when the shipment arrives, open the box and unstack any layers but leave the packing support in place. Then store in a cool, shady area like a garage. Most of the time, holding over a few days is no problem at all.
• Soak bare-root plants in water for a few hours or overnight to rehydrate before planting.
When and Where to Shop for Plants
Here are a few steps to take while shopping to make sure you make it home with the right plant.
Tips for Planting a Meadow
A meadow doesn't have to take up acres upon acres of space. Learn how you can have a meadow garden in your backyard with these gardening tips.
Tips on Growing Big Colorful Flowers
Master gardener Maureen Gilmer, host of Weekend Gardening, shares her secrets to growing great flowers.
Some Tips for Sensible Herb Planting
Herbs should be planted where they can get 4 to 6 hours of sun each day.
Planting Bulbs for Summer Bloom
Plant these beauties in spring to brighten a summer garden.
More Items for a Nursery Shopping List
Learn about several plant varieties and zone information for each one.
Plants Used in the Governor's Landscape
Check out these nine plant varieties used in the Georgia governor's mansion project -- and the planting information for each zone.
More Plant Species
Learn about more plant varieties and the planting information for each zone.
Summerwine Ninebark and Other Plant Varieties
Find out about 17 plant varieties and how to care for them in specific zones.
Treasure Flower and Other Eye-Catching Plants
Here are 12 plant varieties and the planting information for each zone.
We love to DIY. You love to DIY. Let's get together.More DIY Social
See the latest DIY projects, catch up on trends and meet more cool people who love to create.Make It. Fix It. Learn It. Find It.
- Tips for Summer Yard Maintenance
- Tips for Watering Lawn in Summer
- Plants That Bloom in Summer
- Unusual Summer Perennials
- Flavorful Herbs Enhance Summer Dishes