I went to Talini's Nursery in East Sacramento today to get some plants to show on Sac & Co (a T.V show! Check it out at 11 am Channel 10)... the topic: Spring Planting. Talini's hadn't gotten all their stock in, but you could feel it in the air. In 2 weeks, they'll be bursting at the seams with gorgeous blooming pretty things. Here are some lessons I've learned (some of them the hard way) regarding how to be a successful plant shopper, and then, a successful gardener.
Plant for the Right Season
The nurseries have warm season veggies and cool season veggies right now. It's not warm enough to plant the warm season fellows yet. Save that tomato for a month or so (When you can sit on the ground and it feels warm, your soil is ready!). But, there's still time for some cool season crops like lettuce. Bedding plants have the same warm/cool season categories ... plants like violas be planted now and will do well into June. If in doubt, ask.
Resist the impulse to just start loading up your cart! You and your plants will be a lot more successful if you stick with what you can actually plant now (or in the next week). Plants do better when they're in the ground.
Read Your Labels!
This was the first plant I spied that I thought, "I want that!" But would it work for me?
Try Something New
Meyer's Lemon, already laden with citrus and ready to take home. Looks good in any garden!
California Poppy - I love the standard, ubiquitous orange poppy, but there are sweet variations available as well - proving that you can't have too much of a good thing!
And, the most important rule of all: Right Plant for the Right Place!
Before you head for the nursery, know something about the area you want to plant in. How many hours of sun does it get and is it morning or afternoon sun? How large is the space, not only how wide but how tall? If you buy plants that naturally fit the area you'll save yourself time later on and the plant will be healthier.