4 Ways to Find Free or Almost Free Plantsposted by Andrea | 05/2/2012
Last week I showed you a few pictures of how we transformed the landscaping of our old house… and about some of my favorite low-maintenance perennials.
Dave and I were both thrilled with what our landscape looked when we sold our house — I was especially thrilled because we did it all ourselves and I got many of the plants completely FREE.
Now that we are slowly starting to “freshen up” the landscaping around our farmhouse, I’ve started to hunt for more free and very inexpensive plants — which actually isn’t as difficult as you might think.
Here are 4 ways I’ve been able to find free or almost free plants.
1. Split them from other plants you already have.
If you have a buch of large/over-gown perennials, you can often split one plant into 4-6 smaller plants. It doesn’t require a ton of effort or skill (just look up a YouTube video for whatever type of plant you want to split) and it’s completely FREE!
2. Barter or trade with family and friends.
This is another great way to add more variety to your plant selection. If you have a ton of Lilies or Hostas, and your friend, neighbor, or coworker has a ton of Iris or Sedum, do a swap.
Also, if you have any elderly neighbors or friends, you could offer to split some of their over-grown perennials if they allow you to keep some of the sections you split off. That way, they don’t have to do the work, and you get a bunch of free plants.
3. Look on Craigslist.
This is actually where I got most of my plants for our old house. You’d be amazed at how many “free plants” are offered on Craigslist every week. Yes, I had to go and dig them out myself — but it was worth it for beautiful, mature, and completely FREE plants.
After 3 years, I actually ended up splitting and selling a bunch of our plants on Craigslist for $1 each (I made over $150.00 in 2 weeks!)
4. Shop at the end of the season.
Without fail, greenhouses, road-side stands, lawn and garden stores, and even supermarkets will sell all their remaining plants at an extremely reduced rate at the end of the season — which is actually the best time to plant perennials anyway.
Of course it takes a little more effort to get free plants, but it’s worth it for me because I know how much money I’m saving!