Do you like shopping for plants?  I do.  In fact, I often find myself tempted to buy more plants than I have space for.



Sometimes, I have come home with a plant I bought on impulse, unable to resist its lovely flowers.


It may surprise you to find out that there are potential pitfalls to avoid when shopping at the nursery such as unhealthy plants, not allowing for enough room in the garden for plants and buying plants that may are ill-suited to your area.


Before you head out to the nursery to add plants to your garden, I invite you to learn some helpful tips to make it a rewarding visit – from recognizing the signs of unhealthy plants, why smaller may be better and why it’s better to pass over a plant in full bloom for one that isn’t and more.  I promise that following even one of these tips will save you from buyers remorse and an empty wallet.

You can find my ten favorite tips for plant buying in my latest article for Houzz.com.  I hope you find it helpful!


Noelle Johnson, aka, 'AZ Plant Lady' is a horticulturist, certified arborist, and landscape consultant who helps people learn how to create, grow, and maintain beautiful desert gardens that thrive in a hot, dry climate. She does this through her consulting services, her online class Desert Gardening 101, and her monthly membership club, Through the Garden Gate. As she likes to tell desert-dwellers, "Gardening in the desert isn't hard, but it is different."

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  1. RobinL
    RobinL says:

    I'm famous for buying plants I have no room for! One of the local nurseries has a 10 for $10 perennial sale each spring, and I brought home 20 of them. My excuse is that they are small little things, and easy to plant. But what I have to remember is that they won't stay that way for long!

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