Flower Garden Part 2: Shopping!

I have a few flowers already in the garden from last year but I need more– lots more! Thankfully this is the perfect time of year to find perennials on clearance sale. Often they don’t have many blooms left or are looking a little leggy but guess what? They are perennials! They don’t need to look great right now- they will come back next year and look beautiful! The first year that perennials are planted they never look great anyway, it takes them that first over-wintering and re-growing in the spring to get established and really look settled. Plus, who can resist a good sale?

My mom and I refer to the clearance racks at garden stores as “death row” for plants. This is the place plants go when no body wants them and they are nearly out of chances. Its our duty to find them and save them before its too late. At the Lowes near me, “death row” usually includes racks of $1, $3 and $5 plants. Most of the perennials I find are on the $3 rack but occasionally I’ll find something small for $1 or something really nice/rare/large on the $5 rack. Today I went to the store for a can of spray paint, a new garden hose sprayer head and an Aloe Vera plant. But then I decided to check out death row, just in case, and this happened:

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If you look really hard, the aloe vera plant is in the very middle with the white tag. In addition I also got…

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Lemon Geranium
to put around the porch to ward off mosquitoes…maybe (3 plants)

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Dieffeinbachia (to put in a pot on the porch)

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“Sweet Lullaby” Spike Speedwell
Veronica hybrid (3 plants)

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Blue Meadow Sage
Salvia nemorosa (4 plants)

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White Cupflower
Mazus reptans “Alba” (10 small plants)

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Purple Reblooming Lilac
to camouflage the a/c units (3 plants)

 

Caradonna Salvia

Caradonna Salvia (3 plants)

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