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Frugal Gardening Tips: Aesthetic Gardens

You can spend a small fortune on plantings and landscaping around your home if you aren't careful.  There are definitely some ways to save.

Use Perennials Instead of Annuals
Perennials are plants that come up every year.  The cost of perennials might be more expensive to start with, but in the long run you'll save quite a bit.  There are lots of hearty perennials that will winter over in even the coldest climates.  In addition, the time you spend planting will be quite minimal after the initial planting.

Perennial Swap
You can fill your yard with perennials for FREE by exchanging perennials with your friends!  If you have ever been to a perennial farm, you probably know they continuously split the perennials to sell.  You can do this yourself.  Once your perennials are established you can take a section of them (down to the roots) and replant them.

Mix Permanent Plantings with Perennials
Perennials are less expensive than shrubbery, so mix it up.

Use Perennials in Pots
If you already have perennials in your yard, split them and use them for fillers in your pots.  At the end of the season you can plant them in a different location in your yard.

Start your Annuals from Seeds
You'll save a bundle by spending a little time growing your annuals.  I planted my seeds in the pots I wanted them in and covered them with saran wrap.  I kept them in the garage in front of the window to get started.

Use Permanent Ground Cover Instead of Mulch
Using permanent ground cover will cost you more in the beginning but will save you more money and time in the long run. 

If you love flowers and potted plants, you can spend hundreds every year.  With a bit of thought, you can save a bundle!  How do you have on gardening?  We can all learn from each other, so leave your frugal tip in the comments below this post.

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Jan said...

I have also had REALLY good luck on craigslist with people selling perennials for like $2 each. That's how I got my host a bed started last year. And, I also found a lady on craigslist who had free host as if I went to dig them. Doesn't get a whole lot better than that!

Jan from IL

Amanda said...

Perennials are the way to go. Lowes usually has a bunch of plants on clearance that didn't get enough water, are half dead, or are not pretty enough to sell. Last year, I bought several large pots of sorry looking day lilies there for $1.00 each, and after planting and watering, they bloomed all summer and are beautiful now. Best of all, they are perennials and are huge this year.

KellyH said...

Two very hard to kill plants, perennials, grow anywhere (my experience) are daylillies and hostas. If you have friends that have some, ask if you can have a bunch. Just dig up a group and split with a shovel. They grow hardily, fill in spaces and can be split again in a couple years . Great along fences, the house, etc.


Anonymous said...

I plant veggies & strawberries into my landscaping. Strawberries make a beautiful ground cover - so do sweet potatoes. I planted summer squash in a corner area that is hard to mow so now I don't have to weed eat and I love squash. I known that would qualify as "green" but I just don't like to weedeat that much! LOL


momma-lana said...

My next door neighbors cannot turn down a marked down plant at the garden center. After they get them home and decide they don't really have anywhere to plant them they give them to me! I know this doesn't count as a way to save :) So far this year are 7 large shrubs, 2 tropical plants and a beautiful hosta.

I do around 80 pots of flowers for my deck every year. I have alot of geraniums because all you have to do is your regular maintenence trimming to keep them in shape throughout the summer and stick the cuttings in a pot and they root in one week. They overwinter great in my garage and only require watering about every 2 weeks in the winter time. I get them out in the spring and cut them way back, add some time release fertilizer and they take off for another summer of constant bloom.


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