Designers Touch: Planting on a Budget

By: Carrie Hutton
By: Carrie Hutton

It's easy to let yourself go over budget on landscaping. The best idea is to start small and phase in your plan.

Schalow's Nursery Garden Center Manager Sarah Schultz says perennials are a great value.

"They're less care because they come up many years in a row," Schultz says, "they provide a lot of color for the summer".

The average perennial runs $3 per 4" pot or more than $5 for a gallon pot container.

Schultz recommends that you plant in odd numbers like groupings of three or five and be sure to space them according to the plant's care needs, and don't make the most common mistake.

"It's very important not to just choose what's blooming now," says Schultz, "otherwise, you'll end up with beautiful plants only once a year and you wanna choose plants to bloom in Spring, Summer and Fall".

The newest trend they're seeing at Schalow's Nursery in Marshfield is the planting of ornamental grasses. They often bloom in the fall so they provide more interest when other plants are done blooming.

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