Surviving the Garden Centre

Brendan has the essential tips on how to make the most of your local garden centre.

Forward planning

Before you even step out the door, you need a plan. Look at the space you are seeking to fill and decide what you would like to achieve. Consider sun access, soil type, boundaries etc. Write all this down and even draw yourself a diagram with exact measurements and a rough outline of what you're wanting.


If only money did grow on trees! Realistically, you need some financial boundaries before you hit the garden centre – set yourself a limit and stick to it. Remember that plant prices vary greatly according to maturity, so a plant that costs $2 as a seedling could be $50 at maturity. If you have the time, choose the seedling option.


The nursery is laid out logically and you should use that lay out when choosing your plants. If your garden is shady, go to the shady part of the nursery to choose your plants. If you want sun-tolerant plants, head for the sunny areas.

Don't be afraid to ask

Remember that the staff are trained professionals and are there to help you, so rather than assume, ask! It could solve a lot of heartache. And give yourself plenty of time to make all those important decisions. You'll find a lot of the bigger nurseries have a café on-site, so use that caffeine hit for energy and inspiration.

Equipment and Suppliers

Flower Power Nursery
27 Mitchell Street
Enfield NSW Sydney
Ph: (02) 9747 5555

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