I recently challenged myself to learn about outdoor plants. I soon realized that there was way more to learn about outdoor plants than I would ever have time to learn.
I knew I had to find a way to soak up as much plant knowledge as possible in a short period of time or accept the fact that I would still be searching for the perfect outdoor plants in September.
By no means do I consider myself to be a plant expert but here are a few tips I can pass on from one beginner to another when taking on the task of choosing the right filler for your planters.
- Choose a few great planters or pots that fit your space. This is most important if you are working with a small space. The plants you select should fit these planters and pots.
- Resist the urge to jump in your car and head straight to your greenhouse. Having a vision and an idea of the types of plants you are looking for will save you time and stress.
- A greenhouse employee may be very knowledgeable about plants but may not know a lot about design or how a plant will look visually in your outdoor space.
- Searching the web can be as overwhelming as stepping into a greenhouse with endless isles of plants. With 7 distinct climate zones in Canada, ensure that any content you read online is relevant to your city and climate. My advice is to choose very specific search terms when using a search engine.
- Try not to fall in love with a plant that simply won’t survive in your climate. This can also be avoided by refining your search terms.
- Consider going on a photo exploration in your neighbourhood or city as a first step. Find inspiration in what others are planting.
- If a designer look is what you’re going for, take a stroll past the higher end hotels or restaurants in your area for inspiration. Trust that the experts who design high end outdoor planters for hotels and restaurants know what can and can’t survive the climate in your area. Don’t forget your camera!
- Like creating the perfect flower arrangement, the plants you choose for an outdoor space should also work well together. It’s easy to want to buy every plant you fall in love with but take a moment to consider how all plants that you’re considering will look in relation to one another.
- Finally, know what to expect when winter comes along. Some plants will survive the colder temperatures while others won’t.