5 Tricks to Save a TON on Flowers and Vegetation! | Thrifty Decor Chick

5 methods to save cash on vegetation and flowers this planting season.

Gardening is one in every of my favourite pastimes, but in addition one of the vital costly! Over time I’ve give you fairly a couple of methods to save lots of on each annual and perennial vegetation this time of yr. 

Generally I’ll nonetheless splurge on a plant or tree, however for essentially the most half these strategies will save me a TON on flowers, bushes and bushes for our gardens and yard. 

I’ve planted or replanted a TON of vegetation this spring (most had been small, particular person flowers) and have beloved watching them thrive. 

I gathered my high 5 methods to save lots of on vegetation this spring and summer season! 

1. Choose spreading vegetation

I love our window containers, however they are often costly to fill each spring. I discovered years in the past that utilizing flowers that unfold will make my cash go loads additional. 

My favourite has all the time been the wave petunias as a result of they multiply like loopy and cascade out of containers or containers: 

colorful petunias in window box

These are the one annual flowers I plant annually as a result of they unfold and fill in so superbly. 

Annuals solely final one season, perennials will come again yr after yr.

On your landscaping, search for floor cowl or flowers that unfold, like this superior sedum plant I confirmed you years in the past:
colorful sedum in planter

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I shared extra about these simple vegetation right here — the most effective half is that they’re evergreen and look nice even all through the winter. (They are going to be dormant and will not flower, however nonetheless add some inexperienced to your panorama!)

I like these vegetation a lot, I’ve added them throughout in our backyard beds. They unfold rapidly and look implausible: 

stonecrop sedum
Stonecrop sedum

If left alone they may unfold like loopy and wish little or no maintenance. They’ll even block out weeds in beds so they provide low upkeep landscaping. 

Different nice spreading flowers or vegetation: 

  • Dianthus 
  • Phlox
  • Hens and chicks (succulents)
  • Lily of the Valley
  • Lavender
  • Lamb’s Ears

2. Dimension (does not) matter

I am impatient, particularly in terms of flowering vegetation. I would like the payoff NOW. 🙂

However I’ve discovered that more often than not I am going to save a ton if I buy the smaller sized backyard vegetation. With a little bit of nurturing at first (as soon as they’re established inside in a couple of weeks you do not have to child new vegetation as a lot). 

Now I often go for the smaller containers, particularly if the plant is a quick grower. I have been planting a bunch of those shiny pink dianthus for a lot wanted coloration on the entrance of our home: 

large pink dianthus

That model was $20 and is twice the dimensions of the one I acquired: 

small pink dianthus

I solely fertilizer within the spring or when the vegetation first go within the floor. 

Till then, my smaller variations nonetheless add that fairly pop of coloration and had been greater than half the value!

These pretty petunias I discussed are one other nice instance. As a substitute of shopping for the a lot bigger pots which are already blooming, go for the smaller, particular person petunias. 

They’re going to be triple the dimensions and blooming very quickly! I planted these small petunias from our Aerogarden (that had been solely leaves on the time) in our window containers: 
aerogarden petunias

There are six particular person vegetation there — however they’ve grown like mad and have a number of blooms already:

petunias in window box

It is solely been three weeks since I planted the small begins and so they have exploded!

Endurance is vital. 🙂 You should definitely have a look at the tag in your vegetation to see how briskly they develop. Clearly that is most helpful if you’re shopping for a smaller model of a quick grower. 

3. They only want just a little love

Do you know that many nurseries or {hardware} shops will slash costs on vegetation that do not look good? 

The clearance part is my all time greatest secret for lovely flowers and vegetation! It is the primary place I look after I’m in search of new additions: 

garden center clearance flowers

Do not let these scraggly vegetation scare you! 😄 You could find SO many pretty choices that can perk up superbly when you get them residence!

Now there are all the time loads which are too far gone for even me, like these evergreens that won’t come again: 

clearance section Lowe's

However have a look at that hanging plant on the underside left! It is completely superb, the flowers have simply bloomed already and subsequently is not fairly as engaging on the gross sales flooring. 

I discovered a bunch of the dianthus vegetation I discussed earlier on the gross sales rack at Lowe’s for half off. They had been wanting just a little worn, however not that dangerous!:

pink dianthus needs water

After solely every week of watering on a regular basis and a little bit of fertilizer, they’re already coming alongside superbly!: 

healthy pink dianthus

I be certain that newly planted flowers are watered every day for the primary week or two. After that solely as wanted.

The opposite day I discovered 4 hydrangea vegetation on these clearance cabinets that solely had some spent blooms: 

dried scorched hydrangea blooms

The plant itself was inexperienced and wholesome (take a look at the brand new blooms on the higher left). I knew it will thrive at residence, so I grabbed one at half off. I want I’d have purchased all of them!


After just a few days and just a little trimming, the plant is not fairly as colourful, however will likely be in a couple of weeks!: 

trimming scorched hydrangea

The clearance part can be an amazing spot to seek out one and accomplished bloomers like lilies — as soon as they bloom they will be positioned on the rack. A few of them will proceed to bloom for weeks! 

And naturally subsequent spring you will have lovely blooms within the spring for half the value. 🙂 Such an amazing cut price!

4. Splitting vegetation

That is one other favourite option to make flowers and vegetation go manner additional! There are such a lot of perennials you possibly can cut up aside and replant, and I do the identical with flowering annuals as effectively. 

I often use hanging potted vegetation to fill my again patio containers. They’re already good and full, and due to that I can simply cut up them two or 3 ways: 

splitting annual hanging flowers

Simply take the plant out of the plastic pot and use a backyard trowel or some other sharp backyard device to punch the soil the place you wish to cut up them. 

These will likely be tangled collectively a bit, however should you shake them just a little they will begin to come aside. You do not have to child these an excessive amount of — you could lose a couple of branches on this course of, however no worries! 

The flowers will bounce again rapidly. Are you able to inform which containers have vegetation that had been cut up?: 

purple pink petunias in pots

light and dark purple flowers

patio planters with bright flowers

Once more, endurance is required as these begin to bloom and perk as much as fill within the containers. However they all the time look GREAT in every week or two!

There are a ton of annuals that may be cut up when planting or after they have been within the soil for some time. Hostas are one in every of my favorites. 

When looking for hostas, be certain that to look beneath the leaves to see what number of particular person vegetation are within the pot: 

hostas in plastic planter

That is vital with hostas particularly, as a result of I’ve seen pots with as little as solely two — you need as many as doable! All of them value the identical, so make sure you test. 🙂

Use the identical course of because the flowers to separate the roots aside: 

splitting new hostas

It could take some effort in case your hosta is giant, and it’ll really feel such as you’re killing them, however don’t fret! Most vegetation are resilient and can come again wanting nice!

I acquired FOUR hostas out of 1 $24 plant:

split hosta in ground

You can even do that with extra established hostas — it is truly good for them as they turn into overgrown. 

There are such a lot of vegetation you possibly can cut up and replant! 

Listed below are only a few flowering vegetation that may be cut up:

  • Aster
  • Hosta
  • Sedum (pictured above!)
  • Daylily
  • Peony
  • Phlox
  • Iris

Divide spring bloomers in fall, fall bloomers in spring, and summer season bloomers in both spring or fall.

5. Purchase and plant late within the season

It blows my thoughts yearly how briskly plant costs are slashed…in the summertime! I can all the time rely on discovering GREAT offers beginning as early as July. 

It’s important to time the most effective offers good, however you will discover completely wholesome vegetation being clearanced out as early as mid-summer. 

The Walmart nursery is my favourite place to seek out these offers, as a result of they begin shifting them out early to prepare for vacation inventory. I’ve discovered SO many nice perennials for insane costs in July and August. 

I discovered these Sea Inexperienced Juniper evergreens final summer season for round $6 every!: 

sea green juniper bush

I’ve bought many bushes at deep reductions mid-season as effectively, like this Juniper tree and my knock out roses within the yard: 

juniper evergreen tree

knock out roses spring

Hydrangeas are one other nice one to search for from mid-summer on, as they want TONS of water and the nurseries need to child them of their small pots the warmer it will get. 

At most backyard facilities, you will begin to see main reductions later within the fall. This works out effectively as a result of the BEST time to plant is within the cooler spring and fall months. 

We have planted discounted bushes and shrubs as late as November! Do not sleep on the gross sales that begin early! 

Honorable point out: Most bang for the buck!

Nearly ALL vegetation that I add to our landscaping now need to be one in every of two issues. Both they’re evergreen, and subsequently hold their fullness and coloration all through the winter months. (Arborvitae, boxwoods, sedum are nice examples). 

Or if they’re a blooming plant, they have to bloom from spring or early summer season via the autumn. I used to plant a variety of bulbs and/or vegetation that may flower for a couple of weeks, like lilies, tulips or azaleas. 

I nonetheless plan so as to add a few of these finally, however after I’m making an attempt to get our panorama established I focus extra on the 2 varieties I discussed right here. 

They merely supply for extra the cash!  

I hope this listing helps you to avoid wasting money this planting season! Gardening could be an costly pastime, however these methods will prevent a TON.

Including to your panorama will add to your curb attraction and watching your vegetation thrive and develop is so rewarding! 😀