On the advice of a coworker, Mike and I ventured out to Loganville, GA in search of a mythical plant retailer called Grower’s Outlet. A lot of the local landscaping companies order their plants from here. We were told they did sell small quantities to regular folks, not just contractors. So early (10 ish) we headed out on the ole motorcycle. A motorcycle is an odd vehicle to take to the plants store, but gas is expensive and we had no idea what to expect.
What we should have expected were rows and rows of plant-emonium!
Boyyeah! That is a ton of various roses!
Little hostas as far as the eye can see!
The plants were little, but so were the prices. A lot of the plants were on sale for 7 for $10, normally 5 for $10, they had a few select herbs for $1. The large plants were around $10. Everyone around us had multiple cartful’s of plants, since we didn’t have a car with us, we purchased only a few Christmas Ferns.
Christmas ferns (Polystichum Acrostichoides) are native to Georgia which makes them very tolerant of our insanely hot humid summers and dense clay soil. We had a few already that were thriving. We carefully loaded the little plants onto the bike. If you ever want to be stared at by a crowd of people, go to a plant store on a bike. By the time we left, we had quite the crowd.
Planting is best done with a beer and a buddy.
Here’s the before and after:
I said the plants were little. In case you missed them….
Hopefully the ferns will grow in for a look more like this:
Only real instead of outlines. No pressure little plants. Okay, maybe a little pressure.
Have you added any plants to your garden / landscaping lately?BTW – I didn’t receive anything for recommending Grower’s Outlet. I just love sharing vendors I love with you. Check out Grower’s Outlet here.