I started a perennial garden two years ago. I don't think I've paid full price for anything! Here are the ways I've saved. Let me know what other ways you've saved on plants and flowers.
Shop Plant Fundraisers - I recently went to a plant sale and fundraiser for the Humane Society. I'm not sure of too many plant sales, but if you see one advertised - jump on it! It's not just a good way to support local organizations, you just might find some great deals!
Buy Distressed Plants to Save - My husband jokes that I like to bring home orphan plants from Lowe's. They sell them at 75% off retail if they need a little TLC. Look for the discount rack in the back of your local garden center. I just picked up some hydrangea plants for $4.25 (reg. $16.99). With a little TLC you can nurse distressed plants back to health in no time.
Shop Online with Coupon Codes - I got a great deal with a Perennial "Grab Bag" from Spring Hill Nursery last year. I took a chance because of the rock-bottom price. They arrived in great condition, and after one year almost all of them are still thriving (a few plants didn't make it, but I think that was my fault).
Split & Share - My hostas, lillies, and daisies were a transplant from my next door neighbor's house. Share your plants with neighbors and friends! What a great RAK (Random Act of Kindness) idea for those who enjoy gardening.
Transplant - I've also transplanted some cool looking plants from our ravine. Just because they're not from the store doesn't mean they aren't interesting to look at.
Distressed Plants at Lowe's
Plants from Humane Society Fundraiser
Perennial "Grab Bag" ordered online