You don’t need to be a gardener to grow

Ask people if they’re a gardener or if they like to garden and chances are they’ll say ‘no’ or ‘I have no idea how to garden.’ Maybe even ‘I don’t have time to garden.’ That’s probably because they see gardening as a big undertaking. And it can be if you’re creating your own raised beds, managing your own compost heap, weeding, fertilizing, staking, watering and more. Add overalls, garden gloves, a floppy hat and the entire afternoon one day a weekend and this is pretty much the general impression of ‘gardening.’

Here’s the thing: you don’t have to be a gardener to grow. And you don’t need a floppy hat either. Although there are some really cool ones.


Have the Days Been Getting Shorter?

It’s not like the hours in a day have progressively diminished over the past 30 years. It just seems like there are so many things to squeeze in, doesn’t it? More choices are supposed to be a good thing, but instead we end up feeling overwhelmed and exhausted.

So it only makes sense that busy people—and who isn’t?—don’t feel like they have time to garden. We’re out to change that perception. We like to say that busy people deserve to have beautiful yards, patios and porches, too. They do. And they can. We’ve spent years rethinking what people like about plants, the things they don’t and the idea that it’s not really gardening, it’s growing.


We’ve Got Good News

Almost everyone loves a healthy, pretty and interesting plant or tree. And research shows that spending time in nature, even if it’s just among a few plants on a balcony, lowers our heart rate, our blood pressure and our stress level. There’s something restorative about plants and trees, their natural beauty and resilience.

This is when the modern-day anti-gardener stops us and says ‘I can’t grow anything to save my life.’ So all the beauty and resilience is a little intimidating because you feel like it’s only a matter of time before you kill it.

We’ve all been there, done that. Once a black thumb, not forever destined to be one.

Take heart over these discoveries:



If you hate to get your hands dirty and have no idea or inclination as to what you would plant and how you would plant it, Porch Pots are for you.

Just because you aren’t an ace in the planting department (it’s not that you can’t, you just don’t really want or maybe have the time to) doesn’t mean you don’t want your patio or porch to look pretty. In fact, you really appreciate the way it makes you feel to drive up at the end of the day to a porch that’s flanked by beautifully planted containers. Or to lead your company back to your pool or patio with gorgeous seasonal containers. Take all the credit because Porch Pots can be your best-kept secret.

And if you’re worried about how to care for them, know that we plant them up with nutrient-rich potting soil and organic fertilizer, and we’ll leave you with care instructions like these.  Plus, we’ll only plant varieties that do well in the season and require the same amount of light and watering. A tiny but powerful trick? Use Jack’s Petunia Feed every two weeks for full, always-flowering pots.

One more thing. If you love having pretty pots in every season, but hate having to think about it, try our best-selling Porch Pot Membership. We’ll deliver one porch pot in each season (for a total of four). Delivery is always free, we’ll remove your old pots and add the new to your containers and we’ll always leave you with care instructions.


Trees & Shrubs

People are starting to ‘landscape’ (don’t let that word worry you, it’s really just another word for planting) with trees and shrubs instead of including more labor-intensive annuals and traditional perennials.

There are so many reasons trees and shrubs are for you, especially when you buy the right ones for the right spots (we would love to help you with that). Trees and shrubs come with a No-Worries 3-Year Warranty when we plant for you because we plant with purpose, which means we make sure you pick the right spot for your plant, and we use the finest natural soil amendment, fertilizer and hardwood mulch. Once they’re established (normally after a year or two), they require little care, even in the hottest, coldest, driest and soggiest conditions.

You can plant for shade, privacy, fruit, curb appeal, property value and plenty of other reasons, but you’ll never regret that you did.



Plant once and these beauties will return year after year with little to no work. Over the years, perennials have become some of our layering favorites in the landscape. Plant yours to complement each other in varying heights, textures, colors and bloom times for interest in every season (even winter in the case of perennial grasses). Want some help with this whole perennial plan? Schedule an At-Home Yard & Garden Consult and we’ll come to you to see your space, sketch up a plan and make plant recommendations.

Our No-Worries Warranty extends to perennials, too! When we plant for you, you’ll receive a one-year, full-replacement warranty.

Good Things Come to Those Who Create

So think of growing as creating. You’ll experiment. You’ll ask questions and learn new techniques. You’ll stumble upon something you’re really good at, something that looks amazing. And you won’t believe you actually made it happen. But you did.

That’s when you know you’re growing right along with your plants.

You can call us (317) 733-4769 or email us anytime for help or to let us know how it’s going. We’d love to hear from you.

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