Are you or your clients thinking about adding plant life to your home and yard but you’re not quite sure how to go about it? Here are a few tips that can help make the neighbors green with envy:

First, have a plan before you buy your new plants. Where you choose to plant your new greenery is as important as anything. Will the plant get full sun, partial sun, or mostly shade? Plants that face the west usually get the hottest, fullest amount of sunlight. Eastern facing plants get that milder morning sun with afternoon shade while southern facing plants usually receive an even amount of sun all day. It is also very important to know how much room your plants will have to grow and the type of soil you have. Plants are often choosy about all these variables.

Having a plan leads to my next point: read the label of the plants you want to buy. The label will usually give you all the information you need including the plant name, how much space it needs, when it will bloom, how much sun it needs, and how often you will need to water it. If not, do a quick online search to see if the plant is compatible with your home.

Staying away from impulse buys is also important. The first pretty plant you walk by in the store is often not the one that’s best for your home. Do your research and stick to your plan to ensure you’re buying the best plant for you. Also, choose buds over blossoms. Buying flowers that have fully bloomed during their stay at the nursery will minimize the amount of bloom season you get to enjoy at home!

Lastly, knowing the signs of an unhealthy plant can help prevent disappointing results. Always do your best to leave the nursery with the best quality plants possible. Warning signs include:

  • Yellowing leaves
  • Plants that have become root-bound in their containers
  • Pests or disease (check for normal indicators like spots or blotches on leaves)
  • Weeds (just pull them out before planting)
  • Wilting leaves (usually from a lack of water)

Adding flowers and other plants to your yard can give your home a brand-new feel. If you decide you are ready to spruce up your yard, following these tips can help you have the prettiest yard on the block. Good luck!