I love flowers and enjoy working on my flower garden every spring, summer, and fall. My garden might appear as though I have spent a large sum of money on it, but in truth, I have spent almost nothing. Here’s how I have a beautiful flower garden with very little money spent.
Plant from Seed
Buying plants from a local nursery is great, but it can get expensive. I prefer to plant seeds whenever I can. Some dollar stores even sell flower seeds for a very cheap price.
Save Your Own Seeds
Save your own seeds from your own plants for even more savings. I save seeds from sunflowers, purple coneflowers, blackeyed susans, cosmos, zinnias, marigolds, milkweeds, and more. If you have friends or family members who save seeds, do a seed swap with them. Check Facebook for local seed and plant swap groups.
The majority of the plants in my garden that were not started from seed were actually transplanted from somewhere else. I check with friends and family members who may have extra plants and need them thinned out. Usually, the only cost is my time and energy to dig up the plants.
Some wildflowers that grow around my property (such as milkweed) get dug up and transplanted into my garden each year. I make sure they are not protected species and that they are not invasive before I add them to my garden.
Yard Sale Finds and Freebies
Part of a beautiful garden is the accessories. I have stepping stones that were given to me by friends and I have used bricks that were gotten rid of by other friends as borders around plants. I go to yard sales on a regular basis and am always on the lookout for cheap, decorative items to add to my garden. Between freebies and cheap yard sale finds, I can make my garden look great with very little expense. My most recent cheap find was a pretty garden fountain that was meant to hang on a wall. It had a faucet head, a tray for water and a pump and it was made with a copper-colored metal finish. I only paid three dollars for it and it has become a gorgeous addition to my garden.
Making use of something and giving it a new purpose is another great way to dress up a garden with little expense. I reuse chairs, old cooking pots, food containers and many other items in my garden. An old metal frame from a covered canopy became a decorative gazebo. A small metal vanity chair became a planter platform. Around our house, before anything ends up in the trash, we try to find a new purpose for it.