You can create beautiful flower gardens on a budget, but it will require you to have some time and patience. Everyone should have flowers in their landscape. They are colorful, calming, and they add warmth and charm to their surroundings. For a spring gardening checklist, click here.
Flowers can be fragrant, attract butterflies, and can be cut and brought inside to create a beautiful vase display. My grandmother had a flower garden with irises, daffodils, roses, and daylilies. She would always have cut flowers on the table, and I have carried that tradition with me.
Flower Gardens On A Budget With Perennials
To create flower gardens on a budget the most cost effective way is by planting perennials because they come back year after year. Of course, you can incorporate some annuals into your garden if you wish. If you’re like me, snapdragons are a must have for any flower garden.
Fall is the best time to plant perennials although most people aren’t typically thinking about planting at this time of year. The good news is that you may be able to find some excellent bargains because home centers and nurseries have distressed plants that they sell for huge discounts.
Finding Low-Cost Flowers
If you have the patience and the time, you don’t have to purchase all of the flowers at one time. To save money, you can buy one perennial plant, let it mature, then propagate new plants from the original.
You may also find family members, friends, and neighbors that are willing to let you get cuttings or seeds from their established plants.
Hosta, iris, and daylilies do well from cuttings. Pachysandra spreads well from cuttings, and Forsythia is so easy that all you have to do is stick the cutting in the ground and water. Marigolds grow quickly and easily from seeds located on the dried up flowers.
Seeds For Flower Gardens On A Budget
Opt for seed packets instead of buying plants. You should look to purchase seeds at the end of spring. Seed packets are about $1 a piece, and you can get a good variety.
It is best to buy different types such as Black-eyed Susan’s, Shasta daisies, Painted daisies, cornflowers in blue and lavender, daylilies, daffodils, and forget-me-not’s that like shade and require almost no care.
Other Sources For Free or Low-Cost Flowers
Planting flower gardens on a budget may require a bit of resourcefulness on your part. Besides buying seed packets, propagating plants, and asking for free cuttings, you may try some of these options:
Check out the Arbor Day Foundation for free or low-cost flowers, shrubs, and trees. Community colleges with horticultural programs and vocational schools that teach landscaping design are wonderful sources of cheap plants including perennials.
You may also try checking the “free” section of the classifieds in your local newspaper, neighborhood apps such as Nextdoor, or your local buyer’s guide. Search Craigslist under “free” and you may find plants for free or reduced cost.
New construction areas may have plants that they need to remove, and the builders may give you an opportunity to take them before they begin if you agree to do the removal.
Additional Tips For Planting Flowers
Choose plants that are easy to care for and are meant to grow in your area. The last thing you want to be is stressed out about your beautiful flower garden! Look for the properly suited zones to ensure that the plant will thrive in your geographic location.
Go organic by visiting local livestock farm and ask for manure for your flower garden. They may be willing to give it to you for free or for a small fee.
Visit your local city website for free or low-cost compost. Some cities do compost, and they offer it to residents for free or cheap.
Look for garage sales, estate sales, internet sites, and other local sales ads to find a few gardening tools. Remember to buy quality. Cheap tools only save you money in the short term as you will need to replace them sooner.
You will probably want to start off with a pair of garden gloves, a shovel, and a watering can. If the prices are right, you may also want to get a rake, trowel, shears, and a hoe.
Naturally, Rid Your Flower Garden Of Pests
If you would prefer not to use pesticides and would rather use a homemade, organic version of a pesticide, then try this: Place in a blender one head of garlic, peeled; 2T vegetable oil; 2 C water, and blend. Allow to sit overnight, strain the mixture into a spray bottle; add 1T dish soap, shake well, and spray your plants to rid them of pests naturally!