Bargain Gardening: 12 Ways to Save Money on Flower Gardens and Gardening Supplies

Bargain Gardening 12 Ways to Save Money on Flower Gardens and Gardening Supplies

Planting flowers and enjoying their colorful blossoms during the spring and summer is something a lot of people love.

But it can be expensive.

Bargain gardening is the way to go.

Here are 12 ways to save money on flower gardens and cut the cost of gardening supplies.

  1. Flower seeds from the dollar storeBuy packets of seeds at the dollar store or purchase mega packets of a seeds and soil mixture there. It costs more than $100 to buy marigold and zinnia seedlings for the flower beds in front of my front porch,  but less than $10 to plant an abundant number of seeds and grow my own flowers in the same space.Bargain Gardening: 12 Ways to Save Money on Flower Gardens and Gardening Supplies
  2. Buy discount seed packs at stores like Big Lots and Tuesday Morning, too. They may not be as inexpensive as the dollar store, but the prices will definitely beat those at nurseries.
  3. Get plants from friends (for example, when they’re reducing the size of overgrown clumps of plants like lillies or clearing a patch of garden) — or trade their extras for yours. My friend gave me a few of these purple-flowered ruella (also known as Mexican petunia) plants years ago and I have hundreds of them now; I gave some to my parents, who also have a lot of Bargain Gardening: 12 Ways to Save Money on Flower Gardens and Gardening Suppliesthem! A few fast-spreading plants go a long way.
  4. Buy variety-pack hanging baskets – especially on clearance. The value of the individual plants in the pot is often less expensive than the total price would be if you bought each plant separately.  For example, last year I bought several gorgeous hanging flower baskets at the local grocery store when they were marked down to $5. Each pot contained a spiky, grassy plant that cost $7.99 each at a local nursery, as well as a number of other flowers. A hanging pot of begonias that’s on sale, for example, may contain more plants than begonia plants sold separately; count the number of plants in each, get the total price and compute the “per plant” cost each way.
  5. Try to make your favorite outdoor perennial hanging plants last two  years by bringing them in the house or garage during freezing weather. All seven of the pink geranium plants on my porch were bought last spring; I just put them in the garage on the few below-freezing days we had this winter and they’re blooming beautifully. That saved about $100!Bargain Gardening: 12 Ways to Save Money on Flower Gardens and Gardening Supplies
  6. Re-use hanging planter containers and make your own hanging planter with a couple of inexpensive starter plants from Walmart or Lowes.
  7. Plant perennials because they last season after season, while annuals bloom only the first year.
  8. Buy containers at yard sales, thrift stores and dollar stores.
  9. Bargain Gardening: 12 Ways to Save Money on Flower Gardens and Gardening SuppliesBuy rooting powder and plant cuttings from other plants directly into the soil — or soak cuttings in water til they develop roots, then plant.
  10. Buy garden gloves, trowels, pruning scissors, watering cans, pots and other gardening supplies at the dollar store. Get gardening stakes and signs there, too.
  11. Buy flowers from Lowes using a Lowes credit card to save 5 percent on every purchase, every day.
  12. Shop yard sales for gardening supplies and plants themselves. I once bought a Scott’s spreader for $3, and have bought a number of plants and gardening supplies from people over the years, too. The colorful pots below and the Easter flag above were thrift store treasures.Bargain Gardening: 12 Ways to Save Money on Flower Gardens and Gardening Supplies

You’ve gotta love bargain gardening! When your neighbors admire your flower garden, they won’t have any idea how little it cost you.

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8 Responses to Bargain Gardening: 12 Ways to Save Money on Flower Gardens and Gardening Supplies

  1. Carolann says:

    I love gardening and you have some really good pointers here. Thanks for sharing these!
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  2. Elisa says:

    Your porch is really pretty!

    • blogqueendiane says:

      Thanks! The hanging plants look better now than they did in the fall. Maybe there’s something to keeping them alive during the winter.

  3. Some really great tips here! I always check yard sales too for gardening and home goods. Usually there is treasures a plenty!!
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    • blogqueendiane says:

      That’s another great source for bargain gardening supplies! I once got a new Scott’s spreader for $3 at a yard sale.

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