Do you know about the clearance racks in the garden section of Lowe's? It's like the TJMaxx of the plant world. Anything that's past season gets sent to the clearance section. Yes. Some of the plants are really better left for the compost heap. But others are simply done blooming for the season, and the store needs the space for the next season's stock.
So...plants that would cost you upwards of $12.99 now cost anywhere from $1.50-$3.00. Some of the smaller plants will only run you 50 cents. I've been slowly filling in my garden beds with perennials this way. But this year, I got smart and filled my planters with them also.
For $11.00 I filled the back of my car with these...
Which in turn filled my deck planters with these...
Is it exactly what I would have chosen? Probably not. But for one tenth of the price I am more than happy.
The perennial in this little pot ran me $3.00 out of the $11.00 I spent. Major splurge. But, it's called "Ballerina African Daisy." And you know if it's got ballerina in the title, I can't pass it up. Hopefully, some of the buds will still bloom this summer.
Of course, I blew the whole bargain-basement budget and brought home this planter too. But, for $12.98, hanging basket and liner included, I don't think I did so bad.