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My Newbie Gardener's Guide to Choosing Perennials

May 09, 2016

On Saturday I talked about looking forward to spending time in my garden this weekend in collaboration with Monrovia Plants. It rained every day last week here in Virginia, so when the sun came out on Saturday and Sunday I seized the weekend as a perfect opportunity to get my newbie gardening on.

IF YOU HAVE NO IDEA WHERE TO BEGIN

If you're a novice gardener like me, my first question was 'what should I plant?!?' If you, too, have no idea where to begin, let me tell you about Monrovia and how they hooked me up. They grow the highest quality, healthiest plants that you find at Lowe's and in your local garden center.

ANSWERS

On Saturday morning over breakfast, unsure of what to plant, I started by searching their online plant catalog. The Monrovia site is very. easy. to. browse. I typed in my zip code and it showed me all the plants that will grown in my garden. I found it simple to filter my shopping options and find the right plants with their search tools and tips. I selected 'perennials' because I was looking for something that would and will look good year-round, and then 'sun loving perennials' because I intend to put the plants on our deck, which gets major sun. The site provided me with almost 50 options in the smallest '.75 gallon' size (I wanted something on the smaller size), so I searched for a nearby garden center, and headed over to browse, poke around, and make up my mind in person.

WHAT DID I CHOOSE?

If you've added me on snapchat, you may have been following along on Saturday, before and after my visit to the garden center. You'll notice this is the mysterious part that I left out! 

HELLO PERENNIALS

The garden center was huge! It was my first time at a place like this and I loved it – it's gorgeous like the flower district I've been to many times in New York, except 10 times bigger – and nothing has been cut! Luckily there was large signage everywhere, so it was very easy for me to locate the perennials section. 

BROWSING

These pretty flowering plants caught my attention as I walked up and down the outdoor aisles of the perennials section. The distinctive deep green color of Monrovia plant containers happens to be really helpful, as it makes the brand stand out from the black containers that most other plants have, and therefore easy to find. 

MISS HEIDI GERANIUMS

The delicate flowering plants I could already visualize on my deck happened to also have a cute name: 'Miss Heidi Geraniums.' I checked the tag to make sure they could handle sun, and confirmed that they are very easy to care for. Score! I placed a pair into the red wagons used as shopping carts, and headed to check out. My Newbie Gardener's Guide to Choosing Perennials with #MonroviaPlants #sp #GrowBeautifully, via @sarahsarna.

ON OUR WAY HOME

At checkout I got a handy box to help me carry my new geraniums to the parking lot, and I carefully loaded them into my car (and then snapped an update on snapchat!). As a newbie gardener, it felt amazing to have successfully chosen my first perennials: a pair of Miss Heidi Geraniums.

You can get that amazing successful feeling, too! To sum it all up:

MY NEWBIE GARDENER'S GUIDE TO CHOOSING PERENNIALS

  1. KNOW YOUR ZONE. Choosing plants that will grow in your climate (your zone) is essential. Monrovia makes it so easy that you don't have to know your zone: just type your zip code into their  online plant catalog.
  2. SUN OR SHADE? It's critical to select plants that will thrive in your zone, and knowing whether to keep them in the sun or shade is a must. Luckily, in the plant catalog you can search under one or the other.
  3. THINK SIZE: Big plants or small plants? Also searchable in the catalog.
  4. ANY KEY FEATURES?: Are you looking for plants with edible fruit? Plants that are deer resistant? Easily narrow down your needs on the site. I was looking for flowering plants.
  5. PURCHASE: Once you've selected your choices, you can purchase Monrovia plants at Lowe's and in your local garden center. The distinctive green containers make them stand out, and easy to spot. Or, you can order them online where shipping is always free.

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