Important Tips When Choosing New Landscaping Plants at a Nursery

8 May 2017
 Categories: Home & Garden, Blog

When you're ready to add some new flowers, hedges, landscaping trees, and other features to your property, you want to ensure you plan ahead and know the best varieties for your space and your needs; this can mean choosing thick hedges for privacy or blooming hedges for colour, as an example. Choosing flowers based on looks alone can mean having them wilt soon after they're planted, or having plants and other vegetation that seem to take over your entire property. Note a few important tips when choosing new landscaping plants at a nursery so you know you get the right choices for your property.

Note mature growth

Mature growth refers to how tall and thick certain vegetation will be when it matures. This is important to know, as you may see certain shrubbery or vegetation at a nursery and think it's the perfect size for your property, only to find that it still has a few more feet or meters of growth left! You may then need to consistently prune or trim that vegetation to keep it at the size you want.

On the other hand, you may assume certain shrubbery or flowers will grow and fill out, but find that they're actually already mature and will stay the same size they were when you planted them. Never make any assumptions about the size of vegetation and what to expect once you get it home, but check its mature growth size before making your selection.


Many varieties of shrubbery will have very fragrant blooms in spring and summer. This can be a nice touch for your property, unless you're overly sensitive to the fragrance! If you don't like strong scents, or want to eat outside, be cautious about the types of flowering bushes you choose. Lilacs, rosebushes, and laurel can all be very strongly scented, so use caution about planting these outside and especially near an outdoor picnic area, as the scent may be too strong when you're trying to eat.

Cold climate

Note if any plants you want to choose are very hearty during cold weather and frost. If not, you may need to cover them every spring when the weather changes from warm to cool and back again. This can mean added work to keep your plants and vegetation healthy, whereas simply choosing flowers and shrubbery that are stronger in all climates will mean less maintenance and care. Delphinium, aster, bleeding heart, and maple trees are known to be hearty and strong no  matter the weather conditions.

Check out the sites of local nurseries for more info.