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Shopping at Lowes: Discount Perennials and Annuals

I should have posted this a couple weeks ago because this is one of my favorite things to do and it has been awesome again this year!

Do you know about the markdown section at your Lowes Garden Center? It’s one of my favorite places. Our location always has an amazing selection of marked down perennials, shrubs and bushes, usually at least 50% off, and even deeper discount on annuals!

The first time I stumbled upon it last year I was shocked to see how much was set aside and super marked down. I went and found an employee to get a little info, truly expecting for them to tell me that something was wrong with the plants. NOPE! They have such a constant stream of new inventory that comes in that if it has bloomed or needs to be deadheaded, it gets marked down. For reals. Cha-ching! A few weeks ago it was a perfect time to buy anything that blooms for Spring and that had already peaked. They want that stuff outta there! Don’t mind if I do!

Plants from Lowes

This is just part of what I picked up last year. I think I went 3 times and filled the back of our truck. The variety available was amazing: spirea, Knock Out roses, perennial salvia, lily, Russian Sage, etc.ย If I remember correctly, the majority of those perennials you see towards the front were 2-3 bucks a piece. See that Knock Out Rose in the upper right of the photo? I think I paid 6 bucks for it! And it wasn’t a lone plant – I bought 3 of the best looking from the bunch. All of them just needed their spent blossoms trimmed off and they were as good as new. ย This year, my Mom and I hit the jackpot on amazing geranium planters. Gorgeous, full planters of geraniums that just needed to be deadhead – for $4.00! I’ll show you soon how I made that deal even sweeter. ๐Ÿ™‚

Remember, because our house was new construction, we had NOTHING around our house. I had about 10 pieces of plants I brought from our last house, but otherwise, I was starting from scratch. Finding the discount section at Lowes was like hitting a gardening jackpot for this gardener. ๐Ÿ™‚ If you need plants for your yard, I highly recommend stopping into your local Lowes and seeing what deals you can find!

I’ve been working on photos to share how all the landscaping is shaping up this year. Oh, and I can’t wait to introduce you to my super exciting addition – WINDOW BOXES!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Gardening, Oh How I Love Thee

It is still very much winter where we live, but that doesn’t mean I can’t be daydreaming of Spring and all the fun it brings. I won’t even let myself dwell on the fact that it could still be 2 months before spring-like weather is here to stay. No-siree, not going to think about that!

hydrangea

Hydrangeas from my garden. The color is totally natural!

Working in the yard is my happy place. Getting my hands in the dirt and working in my flower beds and around the yard is like good medicine for me. I love to create a beautiful yard with a mix of annual and perennial flowers and plants, pots, planters and beds, and a lot of color.

New Guinea Impatiens

New Guinea Impatiens with Coleus

I haven’t always loved gardening. In fact, I chuckle as I think back to the first Spring we were in our last house. I agreed with my gardening Mother that we needed to plant some flowers but I knew NOTHING. Annual? Perennial? Say what? So that first year, I followed my Mom around the greenhouses as she picked out my plants, occasionally weighing in on what I wanted based strictly on what flowers looked like. We brought everything home and she showed me how to plant them. Much to my surprise, I kept everything alive and happy. I found a lot of satisfaction wandering around the yard looking at how things had grown and bloomed. The next Spring, I was so excited to plant again and I realized that gardening had officially rubbed off on me. We lived in our last house through 6 planting seasons and with every year, I grew to love gardening and flowers more and more.

Mixed Planter

A mixed planter: Lantana, salvia, dusty miller, calibrochia, sweet potato vine

I think daydreaming about a beautiful garden is just what I need to get through this stretch of winter. So, I’ll be posting more about our yard and some large and small projects we did this past Summer after we bought the house. I also have a couple of projects I am looking forward to starting when warm weather arrives that I am excited to share.

Do you love to work in your garden? Do you have a green thumb or stick to plants of the artificial variety?