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is the time to start thinking about next summer’s garden, especially if you want to save a buck….or ten! Unbelievable discounts on spring and summer flowering perennials can be found in home and garden centers and nurseries in the late summer and early fall. These price cuts can be found on flowering plants with spent blooms but healthy leaves and vigorous root systems. Whether choosing fruiting shrubs or flowers for a border, if purchased and planted in the fall, they will give you just as good, if not better, flowers and fruits when they bloom again in the spring or summer. They will also be a full year older with a more developed root system, so when they flower again, the blooms and fruits will be much more prolific than plants purchased and put in the ground while still flowering.

I have bought day lilies for as little as 75 cents, Lantana for under a dollar, and raspberries for 80 percent off. All were thriving by the next summer. The only problem when buying flowering plants this late in the year is that you don’t get to see what the blooms will look like. (I had no idea my lilies were a lovely peach color until the next year.) So either bring a gardening book with you when you shop, or simply do what I do: buy it, plant it, and wait for a surprise!

  • Look for healthy leaves.
  • Check for well watered roots.
  • Plant promptly.
  • Make sure you are getting a perennial! Spent annuals are just compost.
  • Celebrate spring surprises!

This has been a guest post by Ginny from Siler City, NC
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