The Sill Is One of Our New Favorite Places To Buy Outdoor Plants

It's our grow-to!

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Oksana Vinopalova/Getty Images

There are so many places to buy plants—it can be a challenge to find your go-to spot. But we've recently discovered that it's almost impossible to go wrong with The Sill, which offers just about everything your windowsill needs. The brand has also recently ventured into the outdoor garden space.

“I’m so excited for The Sill’s next chapter. We’ve been growing with our customers (pun intended!) for more than a decade, helping them hone their plant parent skills and expand their collections. So the logical next step—both for our business and our customers—is the outdoor category," says The Sill's CEO and founder, Eliza Blank. "The Sill is known as a resource for folks to not just find their new favorite plants, but also to learn how to be the best plant parents they can be, and we can’t wait to bring that sense of exploration to porches, patios, and yards all over the country.”

Here’s everything you need to know about the brand’s outdoor plant launch, along with some favorite picks from The Sill’s plant expert, Paris Lalicata, who also shares a few tips for beginner outdoor gardeners. With more than 150 new items in this line, the hardest part is choosing which outdoor plants to add to your cart.

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The Sill

Go Yard-to-Table With Fruit Trees

Meals are about to be next-level with The Sill. Lalicata is super excited about fruit trees and berry bushes. “Especially considering the growing trend of plant parenthood and the desire for self-sustainability—it’s really fun to be able to walk outside and grab a few blueberries for your morning yogurt!”

Several varieties of cherry, peach, and even apple trees are available. Or elevate your next charcuterie board with four different kinds of figs.

More of a berry person? Why not grow raspberries, blackberries, or even goji berries?

Wish Christmas Was Year-Round? Get an Evergreen

Thinking about growing your own Christmas tree? You’ll be thrilled to learn that The Sill now carries evergreens. “Some evergreens can be fast-growing, and they provide year-round privacy regardless of the season since evergreens don't shed their leaves,” says Lalicata. “Evergreens are also low-maintenance due to their hardiness and need for minimal care. Some are drought-resistant and can be adapted to a variety of soils.”

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The Sill

Love a Bouquet? Grow Your Own

Two of Lalicata’s favorite offerings are flowering shrubs and trees. They add beauty and color to any garden, she explains. “Flowering shrubs and trees add bursts of color and beauty to the garden including hydrangeas, roses, and flowering cherry trees. Plant parents love growing flowers as they add a focal point to the garden, attract pollinators, and depending on the species, provide seasonal interest.”

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The Sill

Related: 15 Best Plants for Privacy From Neighbors

Tips for Beginners

Growing your own garden isn’t always easy, especially if you are new to it, but according to Lalicata, it is doable. “The main reason plants don’t succeed is because they’re planted in the wrong spot or in a way that doesn’t allow for the conditions it needs to thrive. All of our plants come with detailed care instructions, including information about how much to water and how much sun they need—follow those and almost anything can be easy.”

It’s also crucial to know your planting zone so you can select the plants most likely to thrive in your location. “Gardening success often requires an understanding of the climate conditions suitable for different plant species. A valuable tool for gauging these conditions is the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map,” she explains. “USDA Plant Hardiness Zones are geographical areas classified according to the coldest temperatures of the region. Zones range from 1 (coldest) to 13 (warmest), and knowing your zone will help you select plants that can withstand your local climate conditions.”

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