On the face of it, buying plants from a nursery or a garden centre makes little sense. You can always grow plants from seeds, allow your current plants to self-seed in the garden or take cuttings from neighbour's plants to grow them in different locations. With all this available to you at little or no cost, you could develop a very attractive garden over the course of a few years. However, plant nurseries continue to remain popular with most Australian horticulturists. What is it about your local plant nursery that means buying plants there still makes so much sense?
To being with, the average plant nursery will have lots of ideas and combinations of plants for you to try out. Like many other pursuits, gardening is subject to fashion, so if you want to be inspired by the latest trends, then it is a good idea to head to your local garden centre. Of course, you don't have to act on your inspiration, but this will usually mean your garden continues to look the same year on year.
Many of the best plants that cope with sunny Australian summers in a variety of soil conditions will have been bred specifically for that purpose. Hybrid plants are developed every year, so you will not be able to get your hands on the latest ones to come onto the market unless you head to a plant nursery that is growing them.
Bear in mind that garden centres and nurseries are not just large outdoor plant shops. They are also manned by the people who are growing the plants that are sold. This means that there is a great deal of expertise that you can draw upon. Imagine you have a much-loved plant that has recently died and you want to replace it with something a little hardier but don't know what might work. Head to your nursery and ask for advice because you are bound to be better informed after doing so.
One of the most important aspects of any plant nursery is that it will have plants available to buy that are ready to go into the ground. If you do the cultivation from seeds or cuttings yourself, then you will have to go through the process of potting them until they are mature enough to go outside. In short, nurseries take a lot of the work out of gardening, allowing you to enjoy the fun part of planting out grown plants.Share