The Small Budget Gardener’s Guide to Buying Plants

It’s easy to save money while cultivating an impressive garden if you know where to shop and what to look for. This guide to buying plants is a great primer for plant shopping and penny pinching.



Garden-Market-Flower-Display
When buying annuals, freshness is everything, which means very small plants are a good buy.
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“The Small Budget Gardener” by Maureen Gilmer offers down-to-earth gardening advice on sourcing and propagating plants, treating the planet right, creating garden art and more.
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8-Pack-Seedlings
When you’re shopping for bedding plants, pay close attention to the number of cells that are in the packs you buy. Those with eight cells obviously have more plants than more common six-cell containers, even though their prices can be similar.
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Quart-Container-Seedling
A quart container will be your “Best Buy” for established perennials.
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The traditional garden center is the place to find service, unusual plants, and quality trees and shrubs.
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Jethro-Tull-Branded-Plant
This tickseed is a private brand as shown by the unusual container designed to make it stand out against similar, or perhaps even identical, varieties in generic containers.
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Flowering-Cherry-Tree
There’s no reason why fruit trees can’t also serve as landscape trees because they offer just as much spring and fall color as fruitless forms.
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Conifers that bear attractive foliage and coloring offer both an outdoor holiday tree and cuttings to trim off for indoor décor.
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Outdoor-Christmas-Tree
The best outdoor Christmas trees are smaller conifers that remain small enough to decorate even when they mature.
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Bargain-Hunter's-Retailer-Guide
Above are the most common plant groups and the retail location where you can find a good bargain on a healthy plant.
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2-For-1-Fruit-Trees
Some common ornamentals can be substituted by fruiting plants that offer the same beauty and color plus provide a bonus of edible fruit.
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Not-Big-Outdoor-Christmas-Trees
This carefully compiled list features well tested varieties of otherwise large forest trees.
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Best-2-For-1-Plants
Unlike seasonal flowers that are here today and gone next year, the 2-for-1 plant is more long-lived and becomes a permanent component in your garden.
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