Frugal Ways to Decorate Your Yard With Potted Plants

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by Frugal Farm Girl

I know the feeling. You drive by these homes that are landscaped so well; flowers are everywhere. Next thing you know, you are at your favorite place to buy potted plants, and you walk out with one because that one alone cost you $20.

If you want to decorate your yard with potted plants for cheap, here is how I do it every year. Maybe this will be the year you finally sit back and feel pleased with your landscaping.

My favorite way to add pops of color around the homestead is to repot hanging plants. If you aren’t growing your own annual flower seeds, this is a great choice to save money on decorating your yard with flowers.

If you have been following the blog now, you know I adore clearance. I try to buy everything on sale or clearance or not buy it at all.

Hanging plants are one of those frequent clearance/sale items.

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In our area here in upstate New York, I have a few favorite places I’m sure to find clearance hanging plants.

  • Home Depot/Lowes- ( I love their $5 pot sale)
  • Walmart
  • Tractor Supply
  • Aldi
  • BJ’s

My go-to place when I can’t get hanging plants at the price point I need I visit BJ’s wholesale club. During the spring/summer months, they carry hanging baskets outside the club.

These are priced around $15 for a larger basket, but I’m usually able to pot at least three planters from one hanging basket. I aim to spend $5 or less per planter. This will vary based on the size of your planters.

Another frugal tip for decorating your yard is to have patience. When the Trisha Yearwood line first came to Tractor Supply, I was in love.

The price wasn’t crazy high, but for this frugal girl, it was high enough, that I could only buy one.

Then I found two more on clearance during the end of summer. If you don’t have cheap blood, you will be able to buy the number of planters you want and not think twice. For the rest of us, it will pain us to wait and pain us not to buy.

BUT when we wait and get them on clearance, we get them ALL! So that patience reminds us to walk away and wait for a better deal.

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I love these planters that say Farm Market on the outside. They also have drain holes in them which is nice. Because they were on clearance last fall ( 2019), I don’t know if these same ones will be back in 2020. I can’t find them online for you.

BUT I do have some more frugal choices similar here. I’ve also gotten great deals on planters at Wegman’s after summer.

You can see a post of these planters and more farmhouse-type ones in my post here.

The first thing you need to do is pop the hangers right off the pot. Usually, they just pinch off. You can always cut them if you can’t get the plastic to slide off.

TIP: If you are looking for really cheap BIG 16″ planters- BJ’s has the best price. A huge one was only $12.99. You can see the post I did on it here.

Take the entire plant right out. Then you will start to break apart each plant to re-pot.

Push around to find each plant in the pot. You will notice they are in little clusters. When you find one, you can use a little garden shovel to go around the plant carefully.

Once you have cut around the plant, you can pull it up and add it to your planter. This will feel like you just bought these annuals in single containers.

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You can mix and match your planters and colors to your heart’s desire. This is the part where you get to be creative and do what works for you.

I hope this helps inspire you to look high for those hanging plants that just may be cheap and ready to spruce up the outside of your home- on a budget nonetheless!

If you love having planters all over but are not a fan of all the time it takes to water- try giving this as a kids chore. I absolutely love having my youngest daughter in charge of watering plants in the summer.

The best part is if you buy annuals at the beginning of the season, they will grow bigger. So you can leave room in your planters for the plants. I always do this with annuals in my flower window boxes.

Yep, the first couple weeks, they look a little empty, but before you know it, the flowers have grown and are full, and I spent less money by being patient.

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Let me know what deals you are finding on plants this year?

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