Mistakes to Avoid When Buying Flowers to Plant

Colorful flower garden

When it comes to gardening, many people are not born with green thumbs. It takes knowledge and perseverance to have a great looking garden. With some patience and know how you can have a garden that will make your neighbors envious. Here are some common mistakes to avoid when you are buying flowers for your garden.

Choosing Flowers in Full Bloom– People often make the mistake of buying flowers that are in full bloom. By doing so, these flowers will wither and die at the same time. Make sure that you choose flowers that are budding at various stages.

Not Purchasing Enough– If you have a lot of ground to cover, make sure that you purchase enough of the same variety. People usually plant the same flowers in patches or bunches. Having a nice assortment of the same variety will help to make your garden beautiful.

Purchasing Unhealthy Plants
– Some people make the mistake of buying plants that are not the healthiest. Make sure you check the plant out for leaf spot and bugs. Another rule of thumb is to make sure that you see new growth.

Choose Flowers That Have a Good Root System– Choose plants that have a strong root system. This, of course, does not mean to choose plants that have their roots coming out of the bottom of the pots. Shallow roots usually mean a young plant. You can tell whether or not the plant has matured by the size of the stem, and by looking at the amount of foliage and new buds.

The above tips on how to avoid common mistakes that people make when purchasing plants will help you to make a wise decision. Choose a mixture of foliage and flowering plants as the foliage plants will still make your garden look pretty once the flowers have completed their blooming season.

Do you have a backyard garden, a balcony garden, or a rooftop garden? Share your tips!

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  1. says

    Yes this is so true.
    However learning what flowers will last most of the season vs ones that bloom in spring summer and fall and then fade away is what many folks don’t know.
    I am still just learning this too.

  2. says

    Perfect, we are making flower pots this weekend – we want to be able to move them when we move soon but need to plant something – it is Spring! I am not good with flowers so this is helpful.

  3. snickers says

    It’s that time again, many new plants to look at again and decide what to purchase. Slow start this spring, temps are cool, the first of the tulips finally opened yesterday. I always tell a first time gardeners, start with a small bed to see what works and go from there. Happy planting!

  4. snickers says


    You can buy some black dirt in bags at a garden center and mix in your soil, maybe this would help. Just a thought.

  5. says

    Great tips! Many people make the mistake of buying flowers in full bloom because they are the fullest and healthiest looking, but they often aren’t and wither fast.

  6. says

    These are good tips. I’ve purchased too few flowers before and had to go back. The drive into town isn’t short, and I did learn my lesson. :)

  7. says

    Not purchasing enough seems to be my problem every year! I always have to make a second trip to the nursery to pick up a few more flats.

  8. Amy Orvin says

    Thank you for the tips. I always try and buy flowers with new or baby buds. Sometimes they don’t even have blooms at all. I just love knowing they will last longer in the garden that way.

  9. says

    These are great tips. I am not a person with a green thumb but I may have to follow these and it might help me be able to actually have a garden.

  10. ANN*H says

    I enjoy flower & vegetable gardening. I have lots of flowers and I love them tho they are alot of work to take care of. thanks for all the information. Always interesting in them.

  11. Lynn C says

    I’m always mystified by yards with lots of blossoming plants and trees. I know so little about gardening that some very basic tips like these are deeply appreciated.

  12. Tammy S says

    Great tips! I always make the mistake of not buying enough and then have to run back to the store for more. Thanks for all the great tips!

  13. Lily@IW says

    Useful tips. I am almost certain I am going to till up the tiny patch that is my front yard and plant nothing but flowers. I will have to put in raised bed because the ground gets so saturated around here that it drowns the plants and seeds.

    It is good to buy healthy plants w/o bugs or spots. But, every now and then, I like to buy the ones that clingling to liife and marked down due to lack of watering. It’s sort of fun to see if you can bring them back to a healthy state.

  14. Rita Corey says

    Thanks so much for these tips! I have so much trouble with plants, maybe this will help me not to replace so many because they died right away.

  15. Meg A says

    I bought a hydrangea plant from Home Depot in Toronto, ON this spring. It was already blooming and wilted after a while. I took it to the balcony of my apartment when the weather warmed up and watered it using the rinse from washing brown rice. I also trimmed off the dead parts. A flower started to bloom late June, but the weather here is just not constant so, I will bring it inside once it gets colder again. I was happy to finally see the flower come out after more than two months of watering and waiting for some growth beyond the leaves. This was the first time I ever decided to buy a plant and take care of it at home other than the poinsettia I sometimes get for Christmas.

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