Thursday, October 23, 2014

Thrifty Thursday-Dead Rack Plants

We don't shop much at the big box stores.
In fact, we try to make do with what we have around the homestead.
But I have to confess,
one of my favorite things to do is to hit the "dead" rack
at our local Lowe's.
There are several racks of plants that have seen better days,
all at 1/2 price or better.
I make a beeline for the back of the nursery whenever I have some time on the weekend.

On this past Sunday, when I left my mornings' work at the farm,
these lovelies were calling for me to take them home.
There were lantana, salvia and one cleome in need of some TLC.

This cleome, also known as cat's whiskers, looks like a pink variety.
Most of the time these bargain plants just need a good dose of water
and the right location so that they can thrive.

The orange lantana fits right in with our color scheme,
as we have mostly yellows, blues and whites in the garden.

These add not only a wonderful pop of color,
but also attract pollinators, such as bees, butterflies and moths.

The mailbox bed needed a bit of color,
as the Gerbera daisies are not blooming at the moment.

A few blue salvia and the orange lantana were planted
and will nicely fill in the space.
Since we water three days a week,
they should grow quickly.
The lantana be regularly pruned though,
as they tend to get leggy and we want to keep the area looking tidy.

Knowing I got these for a steal makes it even better.
Don't ya just love a bargain?

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