green thumb

People around the nation are increasingly turning towards gardening as a hobby. For perspective, at least 117 million Americans participated in some form of gardening in 2017, and 18-34-year-olds now make up 29% of all gardening households.

If you intend to join this growing number, you should know that the first step to a lush garden is sourcing the right greenery to plant. Every person with a green thumb knows the excitement of a trip down to the local garden center to source new plants and succulents for their backyard.

Unfortunately, not everyone is lucky enough to have quality local plant nurseries around them. Thanks to online garden stores, however, garden enthusiasts can now expand their search for unique plants. Here are five tips to help you select the right plants when buying online.

1. Determine Your Growing Zone

Plants have different requirements for optimum growth. As such, you may need to check the USDA plant hardiness zone map. Match your zone to blooms and shrubs that will thrive in those conditions. You should also look up the best native plant species for your region to encourage the best growth.

2. Learn About Your Plants' Growth Cycles

To maximize your chances of success and improve customer satisfaction, most online garden centers won’t ship the plant until the climate is favorable for planting. Knowing your preferred plant or bloom’s growth cycle may help you determine the right season to order.

3. Read the Product Description Carefully

It is relatively easy to get carried away by the beautiful pictures of healthy blooms and shrubs on their website. Remember that the professionally-taken photos represent what your plant may turn out to be, not necessarily what you will receive on your order. It is important to read through the fine print to determine what to expect. If still in doubt, ask the vendor for pictures of a larger setting to determine how much space the plant may occupy in your garden.

4. Check Out Customer Reviews

You may need to do your homework. Check out online review sites such as Google and Yelp to find out what previous customers say about their services. It may provide a wealth of information past transactions and shipping procedures. You can paint a picture of what kind of services to expect based on previous clients’ experiences.

5. Ask About Their Return Policy

It is essential to work with an online home garden center that provides a comprehensive return policy for their plants. The policy guarantees that the vendor will be careful during packaging and shipping. Most garden stores will offer a 30-day window if your plant gets damaged during transit. Ask if there are any restocking fees involved, too. Who will cater for the return shipping fees? Understanding their return policy may help you straighten out any issues you may have with the delivered plant.


As long as more Americans continue to take up nature and gardening, online garden stores will continue to crop up. The virtual plant nurseries offer convenience, especially when sourcing for exotic and unique plants. Rely on our online store for beautiful trees, shrubs, perennials, house plants, and all your garden supplies in Portland, OR.