How to Label Nursery & Landscape Plants


Every landscape or garden can benefit from having a variety of perennial, annual and biennial flowers or plants. Whether you use planters or just arrange plants in the ground, it is important to remember what variety they are and the date planted, as well as proper watering or care for them. You can find a simple way to organize your landscape plants with simple labels that you can personalize. Just make sure they are waterproof and you can secure them on the outside of planters or stuck in the ground.

Step 1

Decide what type of plant labels you need. You can purchase some labels with a back adhesive to stick onto planters. If your plants are in the ground, you can purchase labels that have a stake to stick into the soil. You can also create labels at home in a variety of colors or with personalize touches, but it is very important to use waterproof materials.

Step 2

Use a waterproof permanent marker to write out each label for the specific plants and flowers that need to be labeled in your landscape. Write the name and date planted, as well as other instructions such as proper care, fertilizer needs, minimum and maximum temperature tolerance, watering, and what companion plants it can be planted next to. For instance, basil and marigold can be planted next to each other to deter pests.

Step 3

Apply the garden labels to the planter pots if they are self-adhesive. Carefully lay the label onto the side, smoothing it evenly to get out any air bubbles.

Step 4

Stick garden labels that are on stakes into the soil right next to the landscape plant about 2 inches deep. If you are creating a stake label at home, secure the labels to a stake that is at least 1 foot tall with tape or clamps at the top. Avoid hitting the roots when sticking the stake into the soil.

Step 5

Personalize the plant and flower landscaping labels if desired, using different colors of markers or paper, stenciled patterns or fake jewels.

Things You'll Need

  • Garden labels
  • Wooden stakes
  • Clamps
  • Duct tape
  • Waterproof permanent marker
  • Decorations (optional)


  • Making Plant Labels
  • DIY Rustic Labels
Keywords: plant and nursery labels, labeling flowers, landscape labels

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