Seeing what something can grow into besides a small 2-inch picture on a plastic card covered with dirt doesn’t allow much. Pictures stand out when you are trying to place an image inside your head. I hate going to a garden center or local nursery and am unsure if what I am purchasing is the product or not because there is no plastic card in the plant.
Most garden centers have signed in front of the plants, but we all know how easily plants get picked up and placed back in the wrong spot. When you are trying to purchase something that will impact you, you want to see the whole picture months from now, not just at the present moment, so looking somewhere other than a store will allow you to do that. I want to read a description of what I am getting and know that I want and need to put in my yard to make it look well-groomed and maintained.