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When buying flowers for a garden, choose varieties that will thrive in the garden atmosphere, whether it is shady or sunny, and select healthy-looking, dark, vibrant greenery with a good root structure. Choose the healthiest-looking flowers to start a... View Video Transcript
Hi, I'm Stan DeFreitas, Mr. Green Thumb. We're at Willow Tree Nursery in St. Petersburg, Florida. How to buy flowers for your garden? Well, first off, of course, you may need to make a plan up. What kind of flowers are you going to plant? Are they sun lovers or are they shade lovers? Do they need a lot of water or can they maintain themselves on a drier schedule? Also, what colors do you want? Are the palettes going to be dark reds? Are you going to mix it with whites? Many flowers, you can kind of set next to each other and decide if they kind of blend in well together. Do they complement each other? Now, when you get ready to look at the plant, make sure it has a nice, little flower head like this one has -- this little geranium. And you might even think of popping it out of the container and looking at the roots. Are the roots nice and white and healthy? If they're kind of blackened or brown, well, you might want to go on down the row and look at some other flowers that look a little bit healthier. So make sure you pick a nice, healthy-looking, dark, vibrant green plant, good root structure, and one that may be is already getting ready to start flowering if you're going for a flower garden. Remember that picking a good plant, making sure you've got a water source, and remember that annuals and other flowers need fertilization on a pretty frequent basis. For ask mrgreenthumb.com, I'm Stan DeFreitas.