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Old 06-08-2010, 02:47 PM
Location: NW Indiana
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Originally Posted by rdlr View Post
I spent about $75 for caladiums 2 years ago. My shady back yard loved them, and the scene was set for a very beautiful garden party. I intended to dig them up (Zone 7) in the Fall, but didn't. Gone!
What a shame, that you lost those beauties. I used to plant tender bulbs, but never found them worth the trouble to dig them up in the fall and find a suitable place in which to store them. So I just don't do it anymore. I buy some inexpensive caladiums each year and intentionally let them die at the end of summer.

I think the most I've ever spent on one plant for my flower garden is about $10. When I buy perennials, I usually spend about $5 to $6 per plant.
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Old 06-08-2010, 03:26 PM
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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I usually get divisions from friends and share with garden club members and then I look for sales at the end of each season. The expensive special daylilly, I have to admit, was purchased when a friend was closing down his hybrid daylilly business and I really wanted to help him out as well as get that daylilly.

But darn it all when I moved all my plants from Atlanta to N.C. some of the labels got lost and now I don't know which one is the special one. They are all beautiful now so they are all special. I do love daylillies!!!!
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Old 06-08-2010, 03:59 PM
Location: southwestern PA
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Single plant?
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Old 06-08-2010, 05:16 PM
Location: South Carolina
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I dont think I have ever paid for any plant come to think of it . I think I have gotten all my plants from friends and family .
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Old 06-09-2010, 11:06 AM
Location: Youngstown, Oh.
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I don't remember paying more for any of my other plants, but I paid about $35 for a very large ornamental grass: Miscanthus giganteus - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

I love it for 11 months of the year. (I hate cutting it down every spring, since I don't have a chainsaw)
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Old 06-10-2010, 06:03 AM
Location: Pittsburgh, USA
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I've spent up to $18 for cannas or a clematis vine.
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Old 06-10-2010, 09:12 PM
Location: Native Floridian, USA
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$30 bucks for a couple of standard bougainvillas in pots, camillias and $15 for a desert rose. Otherwise, I buy marked down stock, things I have rooted or seeds. I am so prone to be unhappy with what I planted that I dig it up, it doesnt pay to spend a whole lot, except for my camillias. And the cold got my desert rose and both of the bougainvillas this year.
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Old 07-03-2010, 01:45 AM
Location: Carrboro and Concord, NC
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Roundabout $65 for a Malabathrum (Malabar Cinnamon) tree, which I managed to kill over about a 9-month period of time. $20 for a feijoa (pineapple guava) that likewise bit the dust.

$30 each for a pair of dwarf citrus container trees - a yuzu and a calamondin (a tangerineXkumquat hybrid) which are doing quite well.

My luck with nursery plants hasn't been good. I have a much better success ratio with growing from seed.
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Old 07-07-2010, 02:12 PM
Location: West 'Burbs of Chicago
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I too am a cheap skate, and attempted to grow most plants by seed.

I did buy Hosta Grand Prize for $20
I think that was my most expensive... and it's not much more than a mini.

I prefer to trade... but sometimes you just find something that you can not pass up.
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Old 07-07-2010, 02:58 PM
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A clematis to match one I had to go on a brand new arbor. I spent $35! Sadly I had to leave them both behind (and the Arbor which was a gift) when I moved. Next closest was $12 on a Calla Lily this year, just because I'd never had one and have always wanted one. Most of my plants are cheaper by far, some purchased, some rescued, many from friends ( and a swap this year) and whole lot are "divides."

I tend to be a nurturing gardener who starts out with small stuff. It's wonderful to experiment and provide some loving care and in turn get big lovely plants. I've found a small local place, who's owner is a Master Gardener. He has some perennial gems hidden among the standards in small pot sizes at under $4. I also am a big fan of Bluestone.
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