There are few things I look forward to (and obsess over) more than the end of winter, which I mark not by the budding crocuses along my sidewalk, but the arrival of the hanging flower baskets at Lowe’s and Home Depot.
Each year I probably buy 6-10 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.
Anyway, in my years of shopping for hanging flower baskets, I’ve learned a few things about how to save money, when to buy and what to look for. And now I’m sharing with you.
1. Basic spring flower baskets are usually 12″ in diameter, with 1.5 quarts of petunias, pansies, or impatiens.
The standard size of flower baskets you’ll see selling at Home Depot, Lowes and outside your local supermarket are usually 12″ annuals. (Annuals are flowers that don’t come back after winter.)
A 12″ flower pot is usually about 1.5 quarts. Home Depot and Lowes have introduced a smaller, 10″ 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″, 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 later 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 – $25 — but you shouldn’t pay that much.
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 two-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. (Download the Krazy Coupon Lady app and turn on alerts or text HOT DEALS to +1 (208) 266-4466 get on our text list.)
4. The best times to buy hanging flower baskets are during spring sales, Memorial Day, and July 4th.
And the hottest of the three sales is often Memorial Day. But that just splitting hairs. The truth is these sales can often bring identical prices on many key items like mulch or flowers.
And the fourth of July sales at Home Depot and Lowe’s begin one to two Thursdays before July 4th and run through the Thursday after July 4th.
It’s worth noting that Mother’s Day often falls between the Spring Sale and Memorial Day sale, and we do not 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 twelve-cent difference? Still, Home Depot wins at the $10 price point.
And 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 your yard projects are calling your name.
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6. Lowes 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 $1.00 (reg. $2.00) 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. And 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 sells large hanging flower baskets. They’re nearly double the size of the standard basket, 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 $10.00 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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