Size matters when you're gardening on a budget. Here are five ways to make the most of your money.
- Sow seed in wide drifts to produce a dramatic effect in the long term.
- Plant perennials sold in flats or 2-1/4-inch pots. They cost about one-tenth as much as 1-gallon plants and will catch up in size by the second growing season.
- Include pint-size plants or bare-root stock (available from mail-order nurseries). They will bloom the first season and are large enough to draw the eye, but they are still less expensive.
- Plant a few large container plants of the same variety as your seedlings and smaller plants for showy focal points right away.
- Look for free or deeply discounted plants at end-of-season closeouts. Shop community plant sales and swaps. Take advantage of seeds, cuttings, and root divisions from other gardens.
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