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There are few things I look forward to (and obsess over) more than the end of winter. One of them is the arrival of the hanging flower baskets at Lowe’s and Home Depot. In my years of shopping for these beauties, I’ve learned a few things about how to save money, when to buy, and what to look for in a basket. And now I’m sharing with you.

Each year I probably buy six to 10 hanging flower pots and use them for both hanging and potting all around my yard. I keep them alive enthusiastically until the end of June — and often wind up killing at least half of them in July. It’s a tradition.

While spring isn’t here just yet, I’m already thinking ahead. At of the end of December, I usually see limited varieties of hanging flower baskets (mostly geraniums, pansies, and petunias) at Lowe’s and Home Depot. The best time to begin the search is in March, but it really depends on your zone. Those in the Midwest aren’t really on the hunt for flowers in December, at least not as much as warm weather states like California.

If you’re passionate about hanging flower baskets like me, bookmark our Flowers Deals page for the latest sale info. But if your green thumb is geared more toward gardening, we’ve got deets on ways to get free garden seeds. And why not plan ahead for the fall by scoping out the stores with the cheapest prices on mums? Since this info is from 2022, we’ll be updating prices and basket availability as soon as they drop for 2023.

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1. Basic spring flower baskets are usually 12 inches in diameter, with 1.5 quarts of petunias, pansies, or impatiens.

The standard size of flower baskets you’ll see selling at Home Depot, Lowe’s, and outside your local supermarket are usually 12″ annuals. Annuals are flowers that don’t come back after winter.

A 12-inch flower pot is usually about 1.5 quarts. Home Depot and Lowe’s have introduced a smaller, 10-inch pot at 1.25 quarts as a sneaky way to make it look like they’re keeping prices the same. In the price ranges discussed in this article, you’re usually gonna be looking at a 10-inch, 1.25-quart hanging plastic pot.

In addition to petunias, pansies, and impatiens, you may also see flower pots of vinca, viola, and marigolds in late summer. There are also mixed flower baskets. Marigolds can stand full sun, while petunias will fry come summertime if they don’t have afternoon shade.


2. Outdoor hanging flower baskets usually cost $15 to $25 — but you shouldn’t pay that much.

hand holding tag in front of hanging flower basket on shelf

The standard cost for a hanging basket at a supermarket is gonna be $20 – $25. Home Depot and Lowe’s try to beat out the competition and usually keep their basic baskets at about $15+ until the sales begin. And Walmart will usually match Home Depot and Lowe’s prices.


3. The goal is $10 or less for a 1.5-quart plastic hanging flower pot.

There are really three sales that Home Depot and Lowe’s will run every year. The first one to watch for is a flat $10 sale. For a $15 basket, a $10 sale is a savings of 33%.

The second sale that really gets me excited is a 2-for-$15 sale. That’s a 50% savings, assuming the retail cost of the basket is $15.

And the third flower sale is so dirt cheap (pun intended), I can’t hold the excitement in. It’s the 2-for-$10 sale — a 66% savings. With inflation and costs where they are, I’m not even sure we’ll see this $5 price point again. But rest assured, if we do, we’ll make sure to tell you.


4. The best times to buy hanging flower baskets are during spring sales, Memorial Day, and July 4.

Some hanging flower baskets on sale at Lowe's for their 4th of July sale

I find that the hottest of the three sales is often Memorial Day. But that’s just splitting hairs. The truth is these sales can often bring identical prices on many key items, like mulch or flowers.

Home Depot Spring Sale and Lowe’s Spring Sale both begin on the first Thursday in April and run for two weeks.

We expect the Home Depot Memorial Day Sale and Lowe’s Memorial Day Sale to begin on May 18, 2023, and run through Memorial Day weekend.

And the Fourth of July sales at Home Depot and Lowe’s begin one to two Thursdays before July 4 and run through the Thursday after July 4.

It’s worth noting that Mother’s Day often falls between the Spring Sale and Memorial Day Sale, and we don’t usually see flower baskets drop much in price over that holiday weekend. My advice? Plan ahead for Mom and shop during the Spring Sale.



5. Home Depot hanging flower baskets are priced to get shoppers in store.

Home Depot gets in on every major price point. Their $10 sale is actually a $9.88 sale (undercutting Lowe’s by a few cents). I love saving money as much as the next gal, but who cares about the $0.12 difference? Still, Home Depot wins at the $10 price point.

Lowe’s and Home Depot will nearly always match the other during the 2-for-$15 and 2-for-$10 sales. All sales are in store only. That’s kind of the point. Home Depot uses these crazy low prices on flowers to get you in the store during springtime, when all the yard projects are calling your name.

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6. Lowe’s hanging flower baskets aren’t the only great deal in the garden center.


During major sales, half-off is pretty standard savings in the Garden Center at Lowe’s. I love buying the 6-packs of annuals for $1 (regularly $2) while I’m shopping for hanging baskets at the same 50% off mark.

Whether or not Lowe’s or Home Depot is better depends on the selection in your area. I tend to prefer Lowe’s, but Home Depot is closer to my house, so my shopping gets split pretty evenly between the two stores.

Here’s an extra tip if you’re a Lowe’s shopper: Most of the time when the sale is 2 for $15, you don’t have to buy two to get the price. If all you want is one basket, or three, you can bet you’ll still get that $7.50 per basket cost.

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7. Walmart hanging flower baskets don’t drop below $9.

Walmart is the place you go for everyday low prices, and they’ve got them on hanging flower baskets. Walmart is holding out at the 1.5-quart flower basket size, making theirs slightly bigger than some of the competition.

And Walmart’s everyday price of about $11.88 is better than the $15 charged by Home Depot and Lowe’s. But Walmart doesn’t run the big sales. So the price you see is the price you get, regardless of whether it’s Memorial Day weekend.

Expect a great variety of $11.88 baskets at Walmart and a small selection of baskets at $8.96. Last year we saw 1.5-gallon impatiens baskets at the $8.96 price point. We don’t expect to see anything better this year.

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8. Costco hanging flower baskets are larger and slightly more costly per gallon.

Costco flower basket sitting in a cart with a sign that says $16.99 next to it

Costco sells large hanging flower baskets. They’re nearly double the size of the standard basket at 2.3 gallons. Costco’s flowers cost $16.99, and like all the others, are an in-store exclusive.

When you compare Costco’s price to Home Depot’s, you’ll see Costco on par with the sale price at the home improvement stores.

  • At Costco, a 2.3-gallon bucket for $16.99 costs $7.39 per gallon
  • At Lowe’s or Home Depot, a 1.5-gallon bucket for $10 costs $6.67 per gallon.

If a larger basket is what you’re after, Costco will be the best place to buy.

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How to Save on Hanging Flower Baskets