Hooray! Hooray! It's the first of May. We had to make a trip to town so we decided to check out a few garden centers while in the area. We usually avoid the big box stores but we were curious to see what they had available to compare quality and prices. Wow! We were impressed with the quality and selection at both Walmart and Lowe's garden centers. They carry many of the same brands and products found at nurseries including Monrovia Proven Winners at a fraction of the price.
If you're willing to be patient, small containers and bare root perennials are a great way to maximize a small landscaping budget. More plants, less money.
Local garden clubs, Master Gardener and conservation groups are another great source for affordable perennials. Many have annual plant swaps or sell native plants and perennial starts. Check your local listings!
Most perennials will eventually need to be split. Friends and gardeners love to share. Freebies are always a welcome bonus but I have also found perennial clumps at yard sales for next to nothing. Just be careful you're not bringing home an invasive species and check the pots carefully for sneaky stow-aways like bind weed and horsetail fern.
I think we found some great deals today. I'm anxious to get them into the ground and watch them grow. We'll use most of these to complete our patio bed project so watch for follow up posts throughout the season.
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Greetings! My name is Julie. I'm a bookkeeper by trade, an artisan by choice & the author of this blog by default. :)