10 Plants That Won’t Break Your Budget
These easy-care varieties are the hard-working wonders landscape designers rely on, year after year.
What makes a plant a good buy? It’s not purchase price alone. Value is best measured by how a plant performs once it’s in the ground. “A bargain doesn’t need lots of attention, isn’t prone to disease or insect problems, and spreads on its own,” says Lexington, Kentucky–based landscape designer Jon Carloftis. And while there’s no question that annuals deliver the most bang for the buck in a single season, perennials, shrubs, and trees provide long-lasting structure and color to the landscape. We polled our go-to garden experts for their hardy and inexpensive favorites in all four categories.