Growing flowers in our gardens is a wonderful way to bring vibrant colors and lovely scents to our outdoor space. Flowers though, can be a bit on the pricey side if buying them one plant at a time. Here are some great tips to get the best bang for your buck on blooming flowers for the garden.
If you want more than a dozen plants of a certain kind of flower, consider growing the plant from seed. A flower seed packet runs less than $2 each and tends to have between 10-50 seeds per packet. That is mere pennies per seed! What I love about seeds is you can try different varieties of the same flower to see which kind you might like without breaking the bank! If you are a fan of sunflowers and order the five different packets available, you’ve spent less than $10 for over 250 seeds and that is a lot of sunflower plants in your garden!
When you are at the nursery and are looking at the blooming flowers, look at the ones coming in a full flat, or 24 plants. These will tend to be about $0.50-1.00 cheaper than if you buy the plant by itself. If you want to plant petunias in your front flower bed and hanging baskets, grab a flat and plant them about 4-6” apart and watch the vibrant blooms fill in the space quite nicely. Typically, only annual flowers come in flats, but every now and then, if you are lucky, you might find a flat of perennials.
The next best bang for your buck is the 6-pack of flowers. There still tends to be more annuals in 6-packs, but often times there are a few perennials selling in a 4- or 6-pack. These will range from $2-4 per 6-pack and come out roughly to $0.50 per plant. I love buying 6-packs as I can always find a little bit of dirt or a pot that needs a little flower love to put just one more plant.
In every nursery there is often a clearance stand that has plants that have already bloomed or ones that aren’t thriving anymore. You can grab some amazing deals off of this cart! Often times some expensive perennials or bulbs will be here, but because they are currently not blooming, they don’t sell as easily as their blooming counterparts. If you take the plant home, deadhead it or prune off any dead wood and it let it grow nicely in your garden, you will be rewarded by beautiful flowers later that season or next year. I have seen some plants marked down to just a couple bucks that started out over $45! I always check out the clearance rack before I start looking at the other plants.
These are just a few of the ways to get the best bang for your buck on blooming flowers for the garden. Happy gardening, my friends!