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In praise of cheap plants.

anget

By anget

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Many of us don’t have a lot of spare cash to splash out on our gardens, and over the last 3 years or so I have been pleasantly surprised by the quality of a lot of cheaper plants on sale.
The secret to getting the best from them seems to be holding oneself in patience! I almost always pot my purchases on, quite often for a year or so to give the tinies the best chance of survival in the free-for-all of the borders.
I thought it might be of interest to show some of my cheapie treasures.

Herbaceous Peonies (bought bare-root, £2.99)
‘Alexander Fleming’

‘Sarah Berhardt’

Tree peony bought a month ago. (£6.99) Already showing one gorgeous magenta flower. All the pot said was ‘purple’.

Shrubs

Mock Orange ‘Snowbelle’, bought in the New Year. Love it!

Euonymus japonicus ‘Green Rocket’

Unidentified variegated Euonymus.
That’s the one drawback with a lot of these plants, often no full names given.

Baby Japanese Maples.
If you can keep them going, it’s very economical. All these awaiting new pots.

Most of my hyrangeas were inexpensive ones and they have all thrived. For example:
‘Vanille Frais’

‘Teller White’

There are lots of other plants I could add but I don’t want to bore you all. My garden would be a lot poorer without these ‘economical’ additions.

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You are lucky that you can buy so cheap. I do not have that luxury on this Island. I am paying high prices and am annoyed when plant dies.

17 May, 2022

 

I wonder if there is a bit of snobbishness about commonly available cheap plants, Klahanie? It can be a bit hit-and-miss but they mostly seem to thrive if looked after. I'm sorry you don't have similar outlets with all the planting space you have. I keep being tempted but don't have as much space as I would like for growing!

17 May, 2022

 

Such a lovely collection, you have some right bargains and beauties there.

17 May, 2022

 

lovely plants Anget for your lovely garden

17 May, 2022

 

Beautiful :-))

17 May, 2022

 

Thanks, Cal. I keep my eyes open but I must ease off now!

You are too kind, Paul. Not looking too hot at the moment as OH is trying to repair extensive mole damage in the lawn (grass)..

Thanks, D'lily.

18 May, 2022

 

I only have two Acers, both from the supermarket beginning with the letter 'M' and both are thriving. In a different store, Clematis were on display but no variety given, just 'White Clematis' or 'Pink Clematis' so that put me off buying as they could grow to be tiny or huge! Shame, as they were priced lower than a garden centre.

18 May, 2022

 

Lol I have those moments too :)

18 May, 2022

 

That particular s'market can be quite a treasure trove at times, Shirley. A number of the very small acers came from there.

18 May, 2022

 

Anget, I just remembered that a couple of pretty Penstemons also came from that store ... :o)

18 May, 2022

 

In view of my aversion to shopping I admit I do miss out when it comes to that supermarket and its plant section, saying that I have bought from them many times over the years, you cannot fault the quality of the ones in our local store, they are always good and well looked after.
I'm not snobbish when it comes to buying plants Anget, I also cannot afford to be, our local nursery has provided both my daughter and I many a cheap shrub/ perennial plant from their bargain basement polytunnels, all they need is a bit of TLC..
You have made some great purchases, can't go wrong can you....

18 May, 2022

 

I think all you need is patience, Lincs.

19 May, 2022

 

All wonderful bargain beauties there, Ange! A plant is a plant no matter where we buy it - the supermarkets are able to have them priced lower I guess - which is a big bonus for us! I have to admit that the one drawback no specific label, just a generic one..but, it can can be a lovely surprise too!

21 May, 2022

 

I do sometimes feel guilty for not buying everything from Nurseries, Kate, but I was in a well-known GC last week and the prices for EVERYTHING was eye-watering. Ridiculous amounts to my eye for some rather mundane things. They rather push you into the arms of the supermarkets because of the high mark-ups.

21 May, 2022

 

Never feel guilty Ange, we're not all made of money, at the end of the day if we care for our lower priced plants our gardens can look just as good, like the difference between a new car or secondhand one, we all drive on the same roads and end up in the same carparks , lol.....

21 May, 2022

 

I do think of the smaller independent plant growers, Lincs. Mind you, some of those have very high prices..

21 May, 2022

 

I know what you mean, Ange. However, it’s difficult not to save money when it comes to our garden. The GCs are overpriced - especially the large ones that are part of a chain. I go to one in Brigg (Lincs) now me then - some of the girls on here will know of it. It’s a very big place - massive restaurant, building an additional one. Expensive gift shops, retail - clothing and furniture, summerhouses, children’s toys!, massive indoor plant section, huge Christmas shop/grotto…you know the type. Coach trips daily too. That must make a fortune. There’s also one at Hornsea too I visit when I meet up with my friends. Think they are part of the British garden centres - around 60 stores! I do feel the small nurseries though, one close to us closed this year.

22 May, 2022

 

Yes, Kate, all the bigger GC's have diversified so you can barely tell one from another. You can't beat the expertise of an independent nusery. They are usually very knowlegeable. If you don't know your plants then S'markets won't give you any guidance!

22 May, 2022

 

You’re so right Ange. A small independent nursery near us manages to price all its plants competitively. Our star plant was found there on the ‘rescue’ bench, a few years ago, a handsome Copper Beech for £3.99!

22 May, 2022

 

That was definitely a find, Sheila, for a big space!

23 May, 2022

 

Thanks Ange … actually I put it into a pot so it has stayed ‘dwarf’ and is fine in our smallish garden 🙂.

23 May, 2022

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