Sharing is caring

I'm a keen food plant gardener and usually prefer to plant fruiting and other food crops in lieu of ornamentals; however, there are times and places in the garden where ornamentals are necessary and food crops just wouldn't be appropriate.

Today, I planted 50 Arthropodium Matapouri Bay plants, which I purchased from the Garden Express Online Nursery - it's the first time I had actually bought ornamental plants online but since I had good experiences with buying food plants from Garden Express I decided to give their ornamental range a go.

I needed to create a small hedge along a long rock garden edge I had built in our front yard. The garden bed has a mix of ornamentals and food plants such as cherry guavas, native citrus, and stone fruit, but for aesthetics and practicality (due to a mix of position, shade, and full sun) an evergreen small ornamental type plant was required to run along the rock edging for about 30 metres.  

Initially, I tried finding some appropriate plants at the local nurseries but they were all too expensive and tube stock seemed to be limited to certain natives that weren't suitable. Therefore, I decided to look online for the right plant and was glad I did!

The beauty of online plant shopping like this is how handy it can be when you aren't sure exactly what you're looking for... Whereas, driving from nursery to nursery and walking up and down peering at labels to try and fluke the right plant can be frustrating, to say the least! When you're shopping online it's much easier to research a certain plant and find what's in stock at a certain shop rather than hustle with the weekend crowds and try to get the attention of nursery staff, who aren't always very helpful anyway.  

Image above shows front rock edge garden

In this case, I needed a plant that could fill a space, look lush, tumble over rocks, suppress grasses, hardy enough to withstand dry spells, and one that could handle lighting conditions from full sun to shade - the Arthropodium Matapouri Bay was a good fit... well, I hope it will be but only time can tell in gardening.

The plants cost $4.60 each for 50mil tube stock, which is quite a cost saving compared to buying more mature plants at a regular nursery plus it's not likely your local would stock a bulk order of the same plants anyway.

My 50 tube stock Arthropodiums arrived within 3 days of ordering online and I was impressed by the packaging of the plants all neatly positioned in the postal box in cardboard trays and covered in damp shredded paper to protect them during transit. Overall, the quality of the plants was excellent - they looked healthy and I could tell "love" went into packing and sending these items to me. Size and development of the plants were good too so I expect they should have the best chance possible to establish in our garden.

I basically got to planting them soon after delivery - for obvious reasons, it's good practice to remove plants from the box (when delivered by post) ASAP and rehydrate them in the home nursery or plant them out.

Garden Express Online Nursery is based in Victoria and ships to Australian residents only, unfortunately.   

BTW, for those USA visitors to our site (thank you) check out Plants Express - California's Premier online plant nursery.   

Also, there's a store in the UK called Gardening Express - not sure if they are related to the Aussie company but for those UK readers (thank you) they could be worth checking out!  

With the boom in online trading worldwide we now have more choice than ever before to ensure we get the right plant for our garden and if buying in bulk then tube stock is the way to go for cost savings all round.    

Comment on Facebook below or use our section further down to have your say...

Comments (0)

Rated 0 out of 5 based on 0 votes
There are no comments posted here yet

Leave your comments

Posting comment as a guest. Sign up or login to your account.
Attachments (0 / 3)
Share Your Location

You Might Like

Videos

Try Growing Barbados Cherry for Hot Climates (low chill) How-to Superfood
Here's a great cherry substitute for warmer climates called the Barbados cherry or Acerola or West I...
How to Easy Grow Sweet Potato With Lots of Tips
This is the easiest way to grow sweet potato. In the video, I show you how I harvest, and replant sw...
Creating a Great Environment for Chickens & Other Poultry Such as Ducks
Where do chickens really love to live? What type of environment is great for keeping chickens? In th...
How to make candied glazed PECANS from Homegrown Nuts
This video is a recipe on how to make candied glazed pecan nuts from freshly picked homegrown pecans...
Decentralisation - The Key to Housing Affordability Outer City Lifestyle
Australia's "so-called" housing affordability crisis doesn't add up. Sydney and Melbourne house pric...
Acreage Living, Food Garden, Duck Pond, Birds Singing, Self Sufficient Homestead VLOG 4k
G'day! In this video, we go for a walk around the acreage whilst I chat about what's been happening....

Fruit & Veg

Articles about fruit & veg growing you'll get nowhere else

Poultry

Chickens, Ducks, & Quail information

Health

Tips, Exercise, News, & Lifestyle

Reviews

Latest Product Reviews

About Us

Read our story!

Forum

Join our sister site & become a member of our self-sufficient online community!

 

Newsletter | FAQ |  Privacy Policy | Copyright 2011 - 2017 Self Sufficient Me