Plant from seeds and seedlings
Although a pinch of extra patience is needed, planting a garden from seeds or seedlings gives you better-established plants with stronger root systems. Try zinnias or marigolds for easy-to-grow plants that sprout quickly.
Purchase self-seeding plants
Cut out the need to replant your garden every year by digging into self-seeding flora, like the herbaceous perennial tuber rose and the California poppy.
Spring for fruit plants
"Berry and small fruit plants and bushes offer a one-two punch for the budget-conscious," says horticulturist and author Stella Otto. "They are easy to care for, and within a year or two, they'll save you grocery expenses as they easily produce amounts of fruit far exceeding their initial purchase price."
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Pick dividable plants
Despite your urge to splurge on your garden, expanding your gardening plans a little each year will save you money if you buy plants you can lift, divide and re-plant after a year, such as the iris and mondo grass.
Choose vegetation that needs less water
You'll save big on your water bill when you plant greenage that needs less water, such as lavender.
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